I left for my lunch break yesterday with the plans to brainstorm what I would write for the Benchmark 5 this week. As soon as I turned my car on, I heard Marcellus Wiley crying on ESPN Radio.

The news had just broke that San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau had been found dead of an apparent suicide. I didn’t know Seau, never met him and don’t know Wiley either. I’m not even a Chargers fan. Any story surrounding suicide is a tough pill to swallow. However, I was especially riveted by this story. Part of it was being touched by hearing Wiley process the news on the air. Another part was feeling like a jerk for feeling so down about the Bulls and the Derrick Rose injury. Regardless, it was hard to come back in and sit down at my computer and feel like imparting marketing advice. All I really felt like doing was calling everyone I care about and telling them so. Times like these, I turn to music to pull me out of the funk. Here are the Top 5 songs I turn to in order to lift my spirits. Business or life, everyone can use that from time to time.
1) “Soulshine” by Gov’t Mule
This one is fairly self explanatory. For me, it starts the moment the first guitar note comes in after the organ intro.

2) “Hard to Handle” by The Black Crowes
Personally, there is little that singing this song at the top of my lungs can’t fix.

3) “Baby You’re a Rich Man” by The Beatles
This song is just so typically Beatles. It’s part goofy, part great song and completely fun.

4) “Loving Cup” by The Rolling Stones
My favorite song from one of my top five favorite albums of all time. My parents took me to see the Rolling Stones when I was in junior high and they played it. It’s also my favorite cover from my favorite live band, Phish.

5) “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield
It’s a combination of the riff the horns play and Curtis’ voice. So great.