A friend of mine recently announced that he was going to coordinate a mix-CD swap. If I wanted to participate, I'd have to pick a bunch of songs I liked that matched the theme, burn a couple CD's of them, and mail them to addresses I'd be provided. In return I'd get a couple CD's of songs picked by other quasi-random people. So I decided to participate.Theme: upbeat.
Now... there are at least three definitions I can think of for "upbeat." Things that are up-tempo, things that inspire, or things that cheer one up. So... it wound up being a little bit of a mix. Up-tempo songs and instrumentals, songs with inspiring lyrics, and songs that were just plain funny or silly to make people laugh.
Here are the songs I chose. If you recognize every group named here, let me know immediately - that would indicate that you're me, and something is wrong with the fabric of reality.
1. Greetings by Star People.
2. Starman by Star People.
3. Princes Of The Universe by Queen.
4. Future Girls by Smile.dk.
5. Milligan's Fancy (instrumental) by Tempest.
6. Surf by Ka'au Crater Boys.
7. Bodhrans On The Brain by Black 47.
8. Stiletto In The Sand (instrumental) by Shadow Gallery.
9. My Heart Is A Flower by King Missile.
10. Beautiful by Marillion.
11. Breath Of Fresh Air by Echolyn.
12. Until You Fall by Steve Hogarth.
13. Cinema (instrumental) by Yes.
14. Rhythm Of Hope by Queensryche.
15. Finding The Strength by Finneus Gauge.
16. Mission Statement by Fish.
17. Everything In Life by Uriah Heep.
18. Someone Else? by Queensryche.
19. Plague Of Ghosts VI: Wake-Up Call (Make It Happen) by Fish.
20. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life by Monty Python.
This doesn't really cover the full scope of my music collection, but it might give you some idea of some of the things I listen to. :)