A Life That's Good - Official Little Merry Sunshine Theme Song

In early March, I wrote a post titled "What's Your Theme Song?" I'd been thinking about creating a theme song for Little Merry Sunshine and for me because ChicagoNow Community Manager, Jimmy Greenfield, posted the question on Facebook. In that post, I toyed around with the idea of A Bushel and a Peck because Nana used to tell us that she loved us "a bushel and a peck" or Little Mary Sunshine (strongly NSFW) from the musical Reefer Madness.

Unfortunately, neither of those really felt right.

One of my brilliant and stunningly gorgeous readers (seriously, you should meet them) suggested some alternatives including Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. I love this song. It's fun, danceable, and you can't help but smile widely and sing along when you hear it.

Still, something just wasn't quite right about it for me.

So I've continued to ponder the whole theme song issue.

Finally, after three months of research, I am finally able to announce that Little Merry Sunshine has a theme song!

First the backstory: I've been spending a lot of time lately traveling between two hospitals - one in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and another in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From my house, it's an hour each way to each hospital, without traffic. During these trips, I've been listening to the Season 2 Nashville Soundtrack.

There was one song that I just kept repeating over and over again because it spoke to me and summed up how I wanted to feel about both situations that were fraught with emotions. I've listened to A Life That's Good so many times that I hear it in my sleep and know all the words by heart. It occurred to me that the reason it resonates me with me so strongly is because it's about what I believe is truly important in life: relationships, making a difference, and living a humble life.

It's my theme song.

Give a listen to A Life That's Good by Lennon and Maisy Stella who play Maddie and Daphne on the show. I think you'll agree that it fits Little Merry Sunshine and me perfectly.

What's YOUR theme song?

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    A native of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs and resident of the North Shore, Little Merry Sunshine comes by her name honestly. The story goes that as a child, she was always so happy that she even slept with a smile on her face. Her mom nicknamed her Little Merry Sunshine. It stuck, along with her insatiable desire to focus on the good in the world and to leave it a little better than she found it. She does this by sharing her passions and dreams, what inspires her, and maybe you too, and furthering the discussion about how we can listen to our better angels. You can reach her at LittleMerrySunshineCN[at]WowWay[dot]com.

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