THERE IS A LOVELY SONG called “Alive” by Mara Carlyle that opens with the lines: I’m surprised by the sun every day I wake up,
I’m surprised by waking up!
Mara’s voice swings from woozy to perky as she sings, mimicking the change from slumber to consciousness. What’s cute about the lyric is that it reenacts the childlike wonder of waking up, the wonder that the world is still there, that the person waking still exists. Even for grown-ups, waking after too little sleep, or with a hangover, or beside the wrong lover, or following a series of troubled...