Savage Beast

I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves in the clutches of a really crappy, sucky, frowny-faced bad mood and thought “Well, there’s no way out of this. I’m just gonna be in this terrible, suck-the-life-out-of-me mood for the rest of my life.” That tends to be the case when I’m in the middle of a road rage meltdown. The struggle is just too real, people! Bad traffic and stupid drivers are my triggers. Maybe for you it’s slow grocery store lines or annoying coworkers or internet outages. Whatever the cause, it’s a scientific fact that each of us can plummet into a bad mood if faced with one of our most formidable pet peeves. Hey, it said so in an online article, so it must be true.

But fear not! It’s also a scientific fact that there’s an instant cure: Music. Music is the answer for so many of life’s problems. And yes, we all have that one song that can unclench our teeth, ease the tension out of our shoulders, and literally turn that frown upside down. I’m lucky…I have three songs in particular that do the trick when I’m spiraling down into a road rage tantrum.

  1. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  2. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
  3. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

No matter the funk I’m in, if one of those song comes on the radio, everyone else in the car knows it’s “Me” time and adheres to the strict code of silence while I rock out to my feel good tune. Of course if the situation is really dire, if the perils of the road build up to dangerous “curse words are about to flow” levels, I have the songs ready to go on CD. I pop one of those bad boys in, crank it up to 11, and it’s like instant audio joy, a form of intense meditation if you will. It never fails to cause a passionate bout of head bopping, finger tapping, and sing along-ing. I simply can’t stay mad. It’s amazing really. The road rage just immediately melts away. Good news for the drivers around me…and for me as well. I don’t like being in foul moods any more than the people it’s directed at.

And God bless my sweet daughter. After sitting shotgun for so many years, she knows all my tell-tale signs of impending meltdown. Like a stress-reducing super-heroine she knows exactly when I’m veering (ha! pun!) into dangerous territory and queues up one of those songs before I reach the danger zone…reminiscent of an experienced lion tamer throwing fresh meat to her charges.

We should all be so lucky to not only know what can chill us out in times when a bad mood hits, but also that we have a supporting cast ready to help out whenever possible.


6 thoughts on “Savage Beast

  1. Never heard “All About the Bass” … I like it a lot! I can see why you’d like to hear it in your car or during any other non life-threatening stressful situation.

    Fun times! 🙂

    Never heard “Shut Up & Dance” either — it’s reminiscent of the ’80s for me. Certainly another feel good!

    I hear you on the driving stuff … why do people drive soooooooo slowly, why do they NOT use turn signals, why do they not turn into the nearest turning lane when rounding a corner, why, why, why, why do people brake uphill when there are NO cars in front of them? I feel your pain. I won’t go on about less-than-stellar coworkers … that could take pages and also bring me back historically as well. You are not alone in your frustration.

    • That’s what I told my daughter about Shut Up and Dance! It does remind me of the “good” 80’s music. And yeah, Meghan Trainor has some really catchy tunes! LOL I could go on and on about people driving. Soooo many things get on my nerves. 😀

  2. WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!! Love it! Want to frolic and rock out now. Fabulous video. Ah, yes. Road Rage…sigh. I play the music louder but perhaps I need to stop the car and dance in the street for a few minutes…maybe it will help.

  3. Hmmmm to calm down? I will have to think about that one. But when I’m listening to voices in my head and feel alone, I put this one on and it changes my view.

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