Many people are experiencing difficult times right now. Some of the troubles are, or will be, faced by all of us at one time or another - a parent in declining health, our personal wellness challenges, loss of a loved one. And the economy is causing grief, anquish and hardship for more and more folks each day.
As Tom Johnston once sang, "Music is the doctor." Music can calm, soothe, inspire, lift one's spirits. Help me. What are some songs that inspire and give you hope? Here are some of mine.
Willin' - Little Feat
I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
From A Distance - Nanci Griffith
To Live's To Fly - Townes Van Zandt
Listen To The Radio - Kathy Mattea
Here are 10 that lift my spirits.
Feelin' Good Again - Robert Earl Keen
Heavenly Day - Patty Griffin
Windfall - Son Volt
Come a Long Way - Michelle Shocked
Play a Train Song - Robert Earl Keen
Amarillo By Morning - George Strait
This Old Porch - Lyle Lovett
Let the Light In - Bob Schneider
The Hard Way Every Time - Jim Croce
It's Hard to Be Humble - Mac Davis
The Hard Way Every Time--GREAT call on that one!
Billy Bragg -- I Keep Faith
Richard Shindell -- The Last Fare of the Day
Neil Ypung -- Lookin' for a Love
Bob Dylan -- Forever Young (The Last Waltz version)
Speaking with the Angels -- Ron Sexsmith
Polaroids -- Richmond Fontaine
A few that come to mind-
Mercy Now - Mary Gauthier
I Have a Good Day - Paul Thorn
I'm Not Walkin' Alone - Dead Men's Hollow
We Are - Daisy May
Wading Deep Waters - Crooked Still
I'll Be There - Ember
Spade and the Hoe - Ember
Climb On/Shawn Colvin
One Tongue/Hothouse Flowers
I love this Song - One Tongue / Hothouse Flowers. It is beautiful and encouraging - this song always makes me want to order post office flowers from uk and decorate my house with them so I can have the hope all around me at any given point of time I need it.
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Box of Rain- Grateful Dead
What Light- Wilco
Soulshine- Allman Brothers...not exactly, but make me feel hopeful!
Shelter Me, Buddy Miller
Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down, The Band of Joy
Be Thou My Vision, old Celtic hymn (sounds Celtic anyway, i could be wrong)
Till The End of The Day, the Kinks (just makes me happy)
anything by the Young Rascals, The Turtles, or the Lovin Spoonful
Christmas In My Soul, Laura Nyro
Victoria, 'Be Thou My Vision' is such a beautiful hymn (I grew up hearing and singing it).
Another hymn that gave great comfort to my father was, '(There Is a) Balm in Gilead'.