I think I've talked about this here before, but I love listening to songs on repeat. It's not something new for me, but it's particularly helpful in terms of the commute. There are some days when I don't actually want to *listen* to the music, but I just want sound in my ears to drown out the other commuters and conductors yelling on the Green Line. So putting something on repeat is an easy way to mindlessly block sound.
The past few days I've been listening to Marie Miller's "6'2." It's sweet and simple and lovely. I've heard it enough that I don't have to listen, but then the music swells in just the right way as I'm reading anymommy's latest blog post and suddenly it's getting very dusty on the train and there might be something in my eye.
Also, I've noticed a trend in music lately. Conventional wisdom is that much of popular music is about falling in or out of love, but I keep hearing songs that are basically just about things being okay. In fact, there's Oh Honey's "Be Okay", with its lyric "can't complain about much these days, I believe we'll be okay." And Barenaked Ladies' "Odds Are" spouting, "the odds are that we will probably be alright." Another? American Authors "Believer" with its hook of "I'm just a believer that things are gonna get better."
In 1926, the Hemline Index was created. According to Wikipedia, "the theory suggests that hemlines on women's dresses rise along with stock prices." Well, you're hearing it here first, friends. The Song Lyric Index. Things are getting better. Hopefully for all of us.