Sunday A.M. Radio: The Sounds of Sunday

There’s something about Sunday that makes for great songs – whether they’re about finally seeing that special someone you’ve been thinking about all week, paying for the pleasures of Saturday night or enjoying a lazy day with nothing to do. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Sunday often represents a new start or maybe it’s the leftover chemicals from Saturday night that has songwriters feeling creative – whatever the reason, it’s safe to say that musicians have found a muse in Sunday mornings.

This week I chose five Sunday songs by some of my favorite artists. So, if you’re looking for a relaxing start to your Sunday morning or you’re struggling with the childproof cap on the Advil bottle, spend the next 20 minutes listening to the sounds of Sunday.

Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground & Nico

This is one of my favorite songs of all time. Opening with its music box melody, the song features Lou Reed’s paranoia stepping out of the comfortable darkness of a dingy New York City nightclub into the full blast of morning light. “Sunday Morning” conveys that feeling of a restless hangover when you wonder what life is really about and you feel the weight of the wasted nights behind you. Reed’s voice is at his most delicate here when he sings “Sunday morning / and I’m falling / I’ve got a feeling / I don’t want to know.” I hope you’re not feeling this way, but even if you are, this song will help.

Ether Sunday – Trey Anastasio

Anastasio’s weary voice sounds like it had a late night. A chorus of soulful horns rings in a new morning that brings along another chance at life. Anastasio wakes up to realize that “Life is just a funny dream.” and “There’s no place I’d rather be.” A perfectly mellow lazy Sunday song about appreciating the time we have.

Sunday Morning Coming Down – Johnny Cash

Got a hangover? Johnny Cash had a few in his time. Johnny’s not feeling too great here. He’s feeling lonesome and regretful and getting stoned is the cause and solution to all his problems.

Sunday Girl – Blondie

I love Blondie. “Sunday Girl” is a sad love song about a lonely girl waiting for her guy to come visit, but I think she’s getting played. Debbie Harry is so damn cool and I love her voice – even just the way she sings the word “baby” about halfway through the song gets me. The second half of this video features the song “Dreaming,” another one of my favorite Blondie songs.

Sunday Candy – Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment (w/ Chance the Rapper)

Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment go full-on ’50s high school musical-style with this fun video from Surf – Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment’s debut album from May of this year. This is like the hip-hop version of Grease in less than 4 minutes. If you’re not awake yet, you will be soon.

There are a ton of great songs celebrating (or bemoaning) Sunday mornings. Which ones did I miss?


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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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