The simple joys in life
Whether or not it's objectively "good," uniting against a common enemy is one of the most comforting experiences a person can have. Perhaps the reason that such a large percentage of popular music centers around recounting and reflecting on relatable negative experiences is that people take comfort in knowing that other people out there are also going through the same negative experiences they are. Songs that ooze pure bliss are relatively rare because they often seem unrealistic and contrived; feelings of pure bliss, generally speaking, are hard to relate to for most people. Ames, Iowa jam master Funkmammoth has done what most artists fail to do: his new hit "Walking in the Rain," off of his new album Bird Watching, is a glistening tapestry of real, unadulterated joy. Using samples from straight-laced pop legend Neil Sedaka's 1974 feel-good tune "Laughter in the Rain" as its base, Funkmammoth puts a modern twist on the quintessential '70s feel that Sedaka's voice emits.