These days, the world is a dark, scary place. CNN alerts spike anxiety every two seconds, and sometimes even merely waking up in the morning and turning on the news is nerve-wracking. Unsurprisingly, most people find solace in music; it’s impossible to feel nervous or panicked when listening to a fun, upbeat, wholly positive tune – even if it’s just for a minute or two.

New Jersey-by-way-of-Baltimore songstress Sarah Ragsdale‘s new single, “This Kiss” is exactly the salve needed to forgo those terrible worries for a few fleeting moments. Dubbing her unique, bouncy-piano style “Ragstime,” she recalls (sometimes literally) pucker-focused songs of the past like Betty Everett’s “The Shoop Shoop Song” and Hall & Oates’ “Kiss on My List” in this wholesome ode to love. Even the video for the song (below) extends those feel-good vibes as Ragsdale tours around Baltimore inspiring townies to bop along with her cheerful melody.

”Life is like one big romance. This collection of songs is about that romantic story called life, and the ups and downs that come along with it,” Ragsdale says regarding her new album, Whimsical Romance, out this fall. Not sure what these “downs” are going to sound like, but “This Kiss” is definitely one big “up.”

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Allison Johnelle Boron

Allison lives in Los Angeles where she is a freelance music journalist, jug band enthusiast, and industry observer. She is also the editor of REBEAT magazine. Find her on Twitter.

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