Optimism Playlist: “You Are My Sunshine”

bluefeet Optimism Playlist post by Zanaida Robles

bluefeet Optimism Playlist blog post by Zanaida RoblesContributor:

Zanaida Robles, Musician




What do you do:

– For work?

Professional Singer, Conductor, Composer, Teacher

– For fun?

I play with my daughters, jog, play through hymnals on the piano, watch HGTV and DiY, search for great cheeses and Rieslings

Your contribution to the optimism playlist?

You Are My Sunshine” attr. Jimmy Davis

Why did you pick this song? What does it do for you?

I picked this song because it’s one of my favorite songs on the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, to which I listen often. It juxtaposes the simplicity and joy of country/folk music with the bitter, maddening sorrow of unrequited love. I’m attracted to the realism in the lyrics, how the singer sounds so matter-of-factly broken and unstable; it’s a bit creepy. I find it incredibly relatable, both disconcerting and comforting. I love how music is able to do this.

Anything else you want to say?

Like Dan Rather said, “music says things your heart can’t say any other way, and in a language everyone speaks.” And, like Longfellow said (acknowledging both male and female in this phrase), “God sent his Singers upon earth With songs of sadness and of mirth, That they might touch the hearts of men, And bring them back to heaven again.”

Where can we find you?


We put our bodies on a diet. Why not our brains? This is the motivation for our optimism playlist.

Here’s proof that optimism rules. That it’s good for business. And music, of course, improves health and well being

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