At least 'Prince can't die again,' sings Superchunk frontman and 2017 optimist

Think 2017 will be worse than 2016? Well here's a silver lining.
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It never hurts to look for silver linings. Though this one from Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan is one we haven't heard before.

In a song he posted to Bandcamp Monday, McCaughan essentially says, "Hey, maybe 2016 sucked, but 2017 has to be better because Prince can't die again, even if everything else still sucks."

The track is called "Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)," and McCaughan said it was written and recorded on Christmas Eve "in a moment of trying to look at any possible bright side of the coming new year after the disaster that was this one."

Here's the song:

"It was a year when everybody died," it starts, setting the tone for things to come, before rolling into the chorus: "So if you still have friends, raise a glass with them. Saying happy new year, Prince can't die again. Oh happy new year, Prince can't die again."

He's also clearly not a fan of President-elect Donald Trump. In one heavy-handed verse McCaughan sings 2017 will be a great year if you're "rich, or if you're a racist craving an authoritarian hand. And the sun will shine on you if you hate women."

But to put everything in perspective, he says, at least "Prince can't die again," right?

The song doesn't mention any of the other notable deaths from 2016: David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, John Glenn, Janet Reno, Gewn Ifill, Alan Thicke, Muhammad Ali, Craig Sager, Elie Wiesel, Pat Summit, Nancy Reagan, Garry Shandling, Harper Lee, Alan Rickman – we could go on, but we'll stop there.

End-of-the-year blues

All that said, if you're feeling anxious or depressed during the holiday season here, know you are probably not alone.

The holiday period can be extremely stressful – from not meeting unrealistic expectations of how the holidays should go, to dealing with family members you maybe don't always talk with, to being so busy you ignore taking care of yourself, the Huffington Post writes.

WebMD says some people also reflect on what they wanted to get done in the previous year – but failed to do. They follow that up with too much self-criticism, and it can get them down.

The evidence for an increase in holiday depression seems to be mostly anecdotal, though even the Mayo Clinic acknowledges the demands of the season can be a stressor. (They've got a list of ways to help deal with it, including remembering to take time for yourself, learning to say no, reaching out to talk to others, and being realistic about holiday expectations.)

Psychology Today has 10 tips here, too.

If you do find yourself in emotional distress and want to get more help, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline also takes calls 24/7 for people struggling. Their number is 1-800-273-8255, or there's a chat on their website.

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