It’s my friend Chris’ birthday today. In fact, I have lots of birthdays in my life around this time of year; lots of chances to celebrate some of the people I love most dearly.

But it was Chris who challenged us to listen to our favorite songs on his birthday. And share them. And just like that, my day got brighter.

On Chris’ birthday, he’s making it fun for everyone else. In fact, let’s just be honest: so far, he is a reliable¬†source of positivity and love as we endure these new days with frustrating, sometimes heartbreaking, and definitely anger-making news.

So thanks, Chris. I hope everyone has at least one Chris in their world (and if you’re lucky, even more than one). More love, more Chrises, more music, more kindness.

Oh, and for the jams below? You’re welcome.