At times like this when the economy is in the toilet, the weather is anything but pleasant, and there is bad news at every turn, I think we all could use a big dose of Doris Day. After the midterm elections, instead of a new prescription of prosaic, we could all sing a chorus of “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).” Working late on trying to balance a budget or your checkbook, sing a few verses of “You Can’t Have Everything.” Suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency? Try humming a few bars of “You are My Sunshine.”
The Doris Day lexicon is sassy, optimistic, and downright perky. It makes it hard to feel melancholy for very long. And even if you do, whistle a rendition of “High Hopes.” But she wasn’t all apple pie and sweetness. She also was a woman who wasn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve as you can hear in “Everybody Loves a Lover” and yet she wasn’t afraid to be a bit boy crazy (“Pillow Talk” or “A Guy is a Guy”).
And if you still can’t crack a smile or escape to Doris’s fantasy land, then you just may need something with a bit more reflection or a dose of magic, such as “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered” or “It’s Magic” from the movie of the same name. Still, if all that fails, perhaps Doris says it best in her advice to “Love Me or Leave Me.”