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Good evening, Kibitzers! Those of us who stuck around here had a rather stressful weekend, which I'm sure requires no more discussion, at least in this diary. Let us speak, below the fold, of songs that reliably make us feel happier and more comfortable when we hear them.

Seals and Crofts' Summer Breeze was released in the summer of 1972, just before I went off to college. If you listen to the lyrics in detail, it's a love song about a cozy domestic arrangement, not that different in spirit from My Blue Heaven or Graham Nash's Our House. That's not how I've ever heard it, though. For whatever reason, the tune and the more general imagery of the lyrics have always put me immediately back into a summer evening as a little kid, when I was surrounded by adults that I loved and trusted. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting on a screen porch in the dark, in the lap of a grandparent, just looking at fireflies and listening to the adults talk. It was my enormous good fortune, sadly not shared by many of the world's children, to be made to feel perfectly safe when I was small. A song that transports me back there is a go-to song for when I need to calm down and leave off worrying for a while.

How about you? Do you have any songs that can put you into a better emotional space when you hear them?

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