Copyright ©2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It may feel longer, but we are now eight weeks into winter. No worries - we're also two weeks into our mission to keep the winter blues at bay.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

We're not doing it by sharing hot toddies or Hoodie-Footies...

BLOCK: Much as we'd like to.

SIEGEL: No. We're doing it by sharing songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIGHER AND HIGHER")

JACKIE WILSON: (Singing) Your love is lifting me higher than I've ever been lifted before...

SIEGEL: Jackie Wilson's "Higher And Higher," one of the picks from our Cabin Fever playlist.

BLOCK: That's a list created after we asked you for the songs that keep you going and lift you up, no matter how dreary the weather.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIGHER AND HIGHER")

WILSON: (Singing) You know your love keeps on lifting me higher, higher and higher...

SIEGEL: Now, dare we say that that song, picked by listener R.P. Whitmore-Bard of Denver, Colo., is both a cure for cabin fever and also a lead-in for Valentine's Day, as is this next one.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE")

QUEEN: (Singing) This thing called love, I just can't handle it. This thing...

SIEGEL: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," by Queen. And this song, "Say Hey."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SAY HEY (I LOVE YOU)")

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD: (Singing) I say, hey, I'll be gone today. But I'll be back around the way. Seems like everywhere I go, the more I see the less I know. But I know one thing - that I love you, baby girl. I love you. I love you. I love you...

SIEGEL: That song, perfect when you need to dance away the winter blues - or percussively declare your undying love.

BLOCK: That's right, Robert. Michael Franti and Spearhead, very upbeat, lots of love there. But, you know, I have to say this pick off the Cabin Fever playlist might actually work some Valentine's Day magic.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING")

BARRY WHITE: (Singing) My first, my last, my everything and the answer to all my dreams...

SIEGEL: That's Barry White, of course. Talk about a lot of love.

BLOCK: Oh, yeah.

SIEGEL: And then again, we know that Valentine's Day isn't just a box of chocolates. There's also the downside to romance.

BLOCK: The danceable downside.

SIEGEL: I'm talking about the break-up, and our Cabin Fever playlist covers that too.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FORGET YOU")

CEELO GREEN: (Singing) I see you driving around town with the girl I love, and I'm like, forget you...

SIEGEL: That's CeeLo Green with his hit from 2010 - the radio-friendly version, "Forget You." Listener Laurie Nardo-Kunst, who works at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, says the song is a perfect bad mood breaker, based on what happened to her a few weeks ago.

BLOCK: She writes this: My husband locked his keys in his car, so I was a little peeved. I had to leave a very busy work day to go rescue him. Then I got caught behind a slow-moving convoy of huge Marine trucks.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FORGET YOU")

GREEN: (Singing) Why? Why?

BLOCK: And that added to my sour mood until CeeLo Green rescued me from the downward spiral of despair. Laurie Nardo-Kunst told us she danced in her car behind that Marine convoy, no longer mad with her husband.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FORGET YOU")

GREEN: (Singing) I guess the change in my pocket wasn't enough. I'm like, forget you and forget her, too.

SIEGEL: Our Cabin Fever playlist keeps evolving, thanks to your suggestions. U2's "Beautiful Day" is now on the list, as is Colbie Caillat's "Brighter Than the Sun."

BLOCK: You can check the playlist out and maybe dance until you feel better, at npr.org.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN")

COLBIE CAILLAT: (Singing) Brighter than the sun. Oh, this is how it starts. Lightning strikes the heart. It goes off like a gun, brighter than the sun. Oh, we could be the stars, falling from the sky, shining how we want, brighter than the sun. Brighter than the sun, brighter than the sun, brighter than the sun...

SIEGEL: You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: