A Little Love And Lots Of Music To Break Your Cabin Fever

Feb 11, 2014
Originally published on February 11, 2014 6:00 pm

It may feel like a lifetime to many of us, but we're already eight weeks deep in winter. That's eight weeks (or more) of snow and staying in, shivering and waiting — and waiting — for spring to arrive.

But that's exactly why we're also two weeks into our mission to keep those winter grays at bay — by sharing our songs.

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With midwinter comes another date to keep in mind: Valentine's Day. And while many of us may be prepared to address our notes of love and thanks to our space heaters, it's best also not to forget those people who bring warmth and joy into our lives.

Of course, the playlist sports some romantic powerhouses like Barry White and Al Green — artists and songs fit for any candlelit evening. But sometimes, love can inspire moods decidedly less smooth — when it's all you can do to keep from throwing your arms to the ceiling and hopping like mad. Luckily, the playlist has that covered, too.

One of our listeners discovered that same weightless feeling after putting on Jackie Wilson's "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher." RP Whitmore-Bard explains, "As soon as I did, a smile broke onto my face, and I started laughing, singing, and dancing around my room."

As we well know, though, love doesn't always take such happy turns. Romance has its pitfalls: Break-ups, letdowns and — even in the best of relationships — plenty of frustrations. For those, too, the Cabin Fever playlist has an answer.

Laurie Nardo-Kunst says her suggestion — Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" — was inspired by just such an occasion. Laurie writes, "My husband locked his keys in his car, so I was a little 'peeved.' I had to leave a very busy workday to go rescue him. Then, I got caught behind a slow-moving convoy of huge Marine trucks."

Her mood was heading south fast — that is, until "Forget You" came on. Laurie says, "Cee Lo rescued me from the downward spiral of despair!" Soon, she was dancing and shimmying in her car, all the way to meet her husband.

Valentine's Day may mean romance or just a night spent dancing on your own; either way, this playlist might just do the trick. And it will get you warm enough to kick that space heater habit for at least this night.

While you're listening, we will be, too — so keep your suggestions coming. There are more than 80 songs on the Cabin Fever Playlist — and more yet to come

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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.


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.


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.


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, Colorado, is both a cure for cabin fever and also a lead-in for Valentine's Day, as is this next one.


FREDDIE MERCURY: (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."


MICHAEL FRANTI: (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.


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.


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.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (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.


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.


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.

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