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
Another Train by Pete Morton. Found it on a British folk anthology, it's a keeper!
Hope for peace...
Well, this is a great topic to encounter first thing in the morning. Great lists.
Jeff--I'm not familiar with Mattea's "Listen To The Radio" from your list--is that a cover of Nanci's song of the same name?
For me, these songs would be on my own list, among many already mentioned here by others, and surely many others that don't occur to me right now:
I'll Take You There - The Staples Singers
People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield
There's A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret) - Nanci Griffith
Imagine - John Lennon
Land Of Hope And Dreams - Bruce Springsteen
Hey Jude - The Beatles
(Could just as easily have selected "Let It Be" from the Beatles catalog, but it's that one line from "Hey Jude" that has always gotten to me: "The movement you need is on your shoulder." Love that--you possess all the strength you need. )
Yes it is, Hazy. It's on Lonesome Standard Time.
ELO: Mr. Blue Sky
"I Just Want To Celebrate" by Rare Earth
"Ain't Gonna Rain No More" by The Austin Lounge Lizards
"I Want To Take You Higher" by Sly And The Family Stone"
""You Can Get It If You Really Want" by Jimmy Cliff"
"Amos Moses" by Jerry Reed
"Hard Times Come Again No More" by Mavis Staples"
"Housework" by Robert Palmer
"I'll Fly Away" by Steve Goodman
"Fish And Whistle" by John Prine
"I Be's Troubled" by David LaFleur
"Why Get Up?" by Robert Palmer
"Slippery People" by The Talking Heads
"Joy' by Lucinda Williams
"Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys
"How Can I Keep From Singing" by Pete Seeger
"Sweet Old World" Lucinda Williams
"I'm Gonna Live Forever" Billy Joe Shaver
"Stop Your Sobbin' " Ray Davies/ Kinks
"See How We Are" X
"Buckets of Rain" Bob Dylan
"The Pearl" Emmylou Harris
"Looking for You" Patti Smith
"Brown Earth" Laura Nyro
Crawling Through The Wreckage - Rockpile!!!
"Once in a Life Time" from the Talking Heads.....
Good idea for a thread.
Some of my favorites are
John Prine - Illegal Smile
Drive By Truckers - Living Bubba
Sons of Bill - Roll on Jordan
Will Hoge - Even if it Breaks Your Heart
Jesse Dayton - The Good Times Are Now
Drive By Truckers - Never Gonna Change
BR549 - I'm Alright For the Shape I'm In
I remember when I was sixteen or seventeen, I'd listen to Illegal Smile by John Prine every day while I was getting ready for school. Right about the time the second verse came in my mood would pick up and I'd be ready for the day.
Then when I was about twenty or twenty one and started playing some gigs with my dad, every night when we'd be driving to the show we'd put on Living Bubba and start getting psyched up. Every time I hear those 9th chords I feel like I can make it through anything, no matter how hard it is.
I wrote a song without any genre in mind. But when I finished recording it, it came across to me as an uplifting spiritual tune.
It is called Good people and can be found at my profile.
some of the lyrics...
I'm old as the wind, young as the day, in your darkest hour-I will light your way....see there are no walls or dividing lines, we are all together in our hearts and minds...
I saw your post a second ago.
I wonder if you would like this one on your list. It's called "I Feel, You Feel", you'll find it on my profile.