Culture Spotting: Your Good Mood Anthem

Written by emilyc

I feel the need to alert everyone to the most upbeat song that you could possibly find at this moment, and it’s just in time for bright and happy summer! I can essentially give a 100% guarantee that Regina Spektor’s Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas) will put you in a good mood. If you haven’t heard it yet, listen to it now or next time you’re doing something you hate.

Now, I’m not a Spektor fan by any means, but this song makes me think of every wholesome and pleasant thing in this world woven into one song – like a mix of Baby Gap models, hydrangeas, and pastel McQueen clutches. So, I mean, only very very cynical people may find it a little annoyingly optimistic. I’m kind of surprised I like it so much.

So far, it has mitigated such obstacles in my life as climbing my fourth floor walk-up in 700 degree heat, finding a happy place and not scream-crying in my 700 degree 2 square foot apartment, smiling at the man on the subway who keeps yelling “I just escaped from jail,” and accepting the fact that I am sweating profusely and looking heinous and completely unapproachable in the NYC summer squalor. As long as that song is on repeat on my iPhone at all times, I feel like I’m literally twirling through a meadow devoid of escaped convicts, while being pretty and a normal temperature. You should try it.

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Emily is a New Yorker trapped in a Floridian's body and loves every minute of her big city life. With a major in international business and years of being surrounded by ill-fitting suits and all the wrong shoes, she learned that the importance of fashion needs to be communicated to the world. To her, fashion is on the same level as charity work and feeding hungry children. Emily can be found frolicking the streets of her gayborhood enjoying the off-color humor of the gays.

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