Rise ‘n’ Shine, Alice!


Morning is . . . not always my most graceful time of day.


So sometime last year, I started using YouTube videos as a method to get out of bed in the morning.

Not for the waking-up part. I mean the actual “if you hit that snooze button one more time, Alice, the moss that has already begun growing all around you will finally just eat your face — SO GET UP BEFORE I MAKE YOU DO SOMETHING WE’LL BOTH REGRET!” moment. The point when I finally swing my feet to the floor and fumble around for my slippers.

I often need a little somethin’-somethin’ to encourage me to open my eyes, too. Yknow, before I begin pouring cereal into my drinking glass and water into my cereal bowl. Or seriously considering just sprinkling ground coffee on my toast, on the theory that it’s less complicated than operating a coffeemaker while still functionally unconscious.

Enter music videos. 

At first, I just played Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” on a never-ending loop. Gradually I added other songs, according to a rhyme and reason known only to my sleeping mind (and she’s not telling). Some I took off again after a few listens. My current selections have all endured the test of time, though, and seem likely to remain.

I think it’s a weird group of songs.

You should feel free to disagree with me in comments, however, and to reassure me that I have STELLAR AND UNPARALLELED TASTE in ‘Get My Butt Outta Bed’ music.

(And yes, I do realize that the inclusion of at least one of these songs may out me as an assh*le. Thanks for checking!)

The Weather Girls, “It’s Raining Men”

Ylvis, “What Does the Fox Say”

Journey, “Separate Ways”

Sara Bareilles, “Brave”

Madonna, “Don’t Tell Me”

Song by Andrew Huang (video by Fluffle Puff), “Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows”

Wiyaala, “Make Me Dance”

Storm Large, “My Vagina Is 8 Miles Wide”

Miley Cyrus, “Jolene”

What about you — any songs that always wake you up? Or that you’d recommend I add to my morning routine? Amateur psychiatric analyses based on this list also welcome, provided they are gently worded.

It’s still early, after all.


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13 thoughts on “Rise ‘n’ Shine, Alice!

  1. Thanks for the recommendations. I just wake up to an annoying alarm.

    However, I didn’t record a Billy Joel concert from Russia during glasnost in the late 80s on PBS. When I just need to get some energy going I turn it on and dance!

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  2. Love this post!

    For several years while in medical school I used The Rolling Stones’ “You Start Me Up” as my wake-up music. I’ve never actually been a huge Stones fan, but I thought it was appropriate for the time of day, no?

    I can’t speak for wake up videos, but I’ve given wake up music a lot of thought. IMO a wake up song should start abruptly and somewhat loudly (no gradual, gentle crescendos), and optimally should have lyrics that inspire one to get out of bed (whether out of courage or even anger). There are so many to choose from, but here’s a few from my play list that seem to fit the bill. (Again, I have no idea what the corresponding music videos are like.)

    Agora by Bear Hands (for when you’re feeling agoraphobic)
    Doses and Mimosas by Cherub (for days that you wake up mad at the world)
    Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend (doesn’t really have to do with waking up, but it’s upbeat)
    Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay (because you’re as beautiful as a sky full of stars!)

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  3. Miley has to go…I can’t deal with her on any level, awake or otherwise. Also, I fall heavily in the asshole category…I grew up on many of those songs. In fact, I even went on one of my very first high school ‘dates,’ with the most god awful guy, to a Neil Diamond concert, although I am not a Red Sox fan.
    I say, play whatever works as loud as you can and dance joyously with the curtains open while singing loudly. Just don’t spill you coffee.


        1. I’m a fully grown adult woman who generally prides herself on having some artistic taste. And I just publicly announced that I listen to a Miley Cyrus song on a near-daily basis. Hence: SHAME.


        2. Haha! Sorry, I was reading way more into that comment than was necessary. I just couldn’t see you as a Jolene, and the other options didn’t seem to fit your life/relationship as I know it. My excuse – it was 430 AM when I was reading these posts.

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