30 songs in 30 days: #21 – “Everything’s Magic” (Angels & Airwaves)

Day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy

I shamelessly admit to liking Angels & Airwaves, the spacey multimedia brainchild of Blink 182’s Tom de Longe. I really liked Blink’s music, especially their 2003 self-titled album that saw them mature musically and lyrically. It was the last album before the band’s first hiatus, during which Tom struck out on his own with A&A while Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker returned to their punk roots with +44. I have since purchased every full-length A&A record produced, from We Don’t Need to Whisper to The Dream Walker. I can’t get enough of this stuff. It’s futuristic, it’s energetic, it’s bright and uplifting. Even their moodier, more somber songs have notes of hope and optimism somewhere in them. When I’m in great spirits and I want to keep that going, I crank my A&A playlist.

So then how to pick a single song from five albums for today’s challenge? Well, when you’re in a fantastic mood, the sun seems a little brighter, the trees greener and sharper, the clouds in the sky a brilliant, puffy white. It almost feels like everything’s been touched by magic. So I thought, if I’m going to use an A&A song, it might as well be the cheesiest, brightest, and most optimistic-sounding one of them all. “Everything’s Magic” fits that bill perfectly. Driven by Tom’s punk roots, “Everything’s Magic” is futuristic bubble-gum pop at its finest, the audio equivalent of rose-colored glasses from the 24th century. It’s catchy to the point of infectious. I realize that A&A’s space-age sound may be a bit overdone and not everyone’s cup of tea, especially fans of Blink 182, but give them a try and see if this song doesn’t immediately brighten your day, at least a little.

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