A well-groomed monthly playlist to start your morning right. November’s theme: Pick Yourself Up.
We’re big advocates of long, hot showers. A good steam will soothe your muscles, clear your head and soften your stubble before that all-important shave. A great soundtrack will make the whole process a faster and more enjoyable experience.
This November many things will happen. If recent history is any indication, you’ll have woken-up on the first of the month after surviving the annual post-Halloween sugar crash (thanks for that, Reese’s). But it’s time to put the past behind you and focus on the present.
“Pick yourself up, take a deep breath, dust yourself off and start all over again.”
It’s a great motto for life, especially the waking up part of it. Take it as a reminder that with each day brings new opportunity.
November Shower Sessions: Pick Yourself Up
Of course, you can’t make a fresh start on an empty stomach. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not to be skipped. Cook up some “Scrambled Eggs,” courtesy of Nat Adderley (younger brother to Cannonball). It is a most excellent source of protein. Then drink yourself a tall glass of “Orange Juice Blues,” Richard Manuel’s piano blues from Dylan and the Band’s Basement tapes. It is rich in vitamin C.
Now that you’ve got some nourishment, you’re ready for the shower and a simple truth about this month. Election Day is approaching and though the static in the air is a little too thick for your taste, now is the time to be grateful that it all ends in the casting of votes; not a coronation or a coup. So as you begin to lather up, feel free to sing along to “Good Morning, Freedom,” (a song by Blue Mink that could only have been written in 1969).
But as we said, it’s time to focus on the present. You never know how a day will shake out, it’s best to be flexible…ready to go “Anyway the Wind Blows.” Because if the wind sounds anything like JJ Cale’s relentless shuffle it will land you someplace fine. It may be a “Bloody Mary Morning,” or an unexpected “Sunny” day, but you’ll be prepared if you take the time to take care of yourself.
As the temperature drops later this month, you may start stretching those hot showers out. We don’t blame you—we made the playlist a little longer just in case. But eventually you’ll be “Out of Time Man,” a gem from Nick Cave collaborator Mick Harvey. Then you’ve got to be “The Changingman,” that means you better start getting dressed.
As you “Take Care of Business,” just remember to “Take It Easy My Brother Charles”—even if your name is not Charles. Work hard but don’t stress. Look “In the Skies,” as Peter Green sings “The sun and moon are shadowed by the everlasting day.” Take the words of the Black Seeds and make them your own.
Summon everything you’ve got
All your forces under the sun
Put the call up into the sky
I’ll take you one by one by one.
It’s time to go. Grab your keys and your coat and put on your shoes.
May we suggest “Boots of Chinese Plastic”?