7 Ray Charles Songs to Get You Through the Week
January 29, 2018
Anyone else feeling the weight of the week a little heavier than usual? If so, don’t worry friends, we’re right there with you. As always, we’re relying on music to keep us going and give us the energy we need to get through. What better way to get that much-needed inspiration than from the founder of rhythm and blues, Ray Charles? This Saturday, February 3rd, the South-Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center hosts To Ray With Love, an epic night. Maceo Parker, famed saxophonist, joins The Ray Charles Orchestra & The Raelettes for an ode to the man himself.
Because we’re feeling nostalgic, we broke down which tracks are best for each day of the week:
Monday: Hit The Road Jack
Right off the bat, this is one of our all-time favorite Ray Charles songs and probably one of the sassiest in his repertoire. This one is for that annoying co-worker or the anger you feel when you start another work week.
Tuesday: What’d I Say
If you’ve seen the now-famous biopic, you’ll remember the roots of this track were pretty improvisational. This is what makes the slowly-climactic tune all the more impressive. Just like your work ethic.
Wednesday: Unchain My Heart
Need that mid-week pick-me-up? Here you go. Ray Charles really captured the essence of a danceable number on this one. Weather it’s the horns or the catchy lyrics, “Unchain My Heart” is the perfect track to get you over the hump.
Thursday: Eleanor Rigby
Thursdays are basically the weekend, right? To celebrate the impending days of freedom, let’s take it back to one of the best Lennon-McCartney creations. We bet you didn’t even know Ray Charles did a cover of it, so here’s your pre-weekend jig.
Friday: I Got a Woman
If you haven’t heard the original, you’ve definitely heard the Kanye West sample. “Gold Digger” put the hook on this popular Charles track to good use. For Friday, we think taking it back to the O.G. is the way to go.
Saturday: I Don’t Need No Doctor
Aptly chosen for the debauchery you’ll be getting to, Ray Charles basically made the anthem before Amy Winehouse did. “I Don’t Need No Doctor” will lift your spirits no matter the occasion. It’ll carry you into a wild night on the tails of well-crafted musicianship.
Easily one of his most recognizable tracks, “Georgia” is one of those well-crafted masterpiece that tells a story through melody effortlessly. If you’re going through a period of longing, like for another day to the weekend, this one’s it.