I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Copeland is some of the best morning music around, and their last gorgeous LP fits that title among the best of it.

At one point I may have called this something of a sleeper track, as I’ve always been instantly struck by the captivating sound and spot-on stories of of “Good Morning Fire Eater” and “Strange and Unprepared.” But today, the little toy piano, and the tension-fueled, just-so-distorted delay of the lead guitar caught my ear. A fresh sound is hard one to find, but Copeland seemed to always succeed in finding one. And how hard to ignore that refrain delicately layered over a drum-fueled, measured pace and smart, heart-swelling harmonics, driven by all the longing in the world….this is one of those songs that creeps up on you  a bit, that sinks in and settles at all the right moments. While I’ve always loved the Copeland catalog, and the early chapters are incredibly meaningful, this album is probably the one I play most often these days, because it starts off the days just right.

“In the moments before time starts moving backward,
I will feel her hand in the palm of mine.

And the cities will return to the field of flowers,
And every step we took tracing back in line.
And in disarray, you just want to live one more day.

Cause you just want to be happy now.
To be happy now.

To be happy now.

Longing and sorrow,
Well they will find you where we are,
Smiling down the avenue.
And the children getting younger as we pass,
They couldn’t make you turn back.

Cause you just want to be happy now.
To be happy now.
To be happy now.

When every fire we sparked was just another blinking out,
They’re glowing like an ember in the dark.

Cause you just want to be happy now.
To be happy now.
To be happy now.”

~To Be Happy Now
Copeland, You Are My Sunshine