Feeling Through Music

I almost went to school to be a music therapist. At this stage of my life, I’m sorry I didn’t. Sometimes I struggle to not absolutely beat myself up for all of my missed opportunities, but I’m trying to get to a place of acceptance that those things just simply are not.

To assuage my feelings of self-disappointment, I often poke around trying to find songs that make me feel all of the things I don’t want to at the time. Recently, I’ve poked back through some old recommendations, favorites, and songs in the sidebar on youtube when looking at other songs. I’ve found some good stuff.

Here are some songs that absolutely rip out my soul…

Blower’s Daughter – Damian Rice — This song just absolutely makes me weep for some reason. It is almost too painful.

A River Flows In You – Yiruma — AMAZING talented man. I stumbled across this piece and have obsessed about it ever since. This song just…wow.

Music of the Night – Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber — A well-song version of this song touches a place in my soul. I can almost literally feel cradled and rocked and filled with peace. I recently stumbled on a violin instrumental version played by violinist David Garrett. Beautiful! The official recording from American Idol David Cook is also beautiful. I gravitate towards a very clean but raw vocalist on this song instead of more operatic. The ultimate, however, will ALWAYS be Michael Crawford’s version. It is so sensual. A whole body experience really.

Pretty much anything featuring a cello – Gosh, something about a cello. The tone. The vibration of the strings. It is glorious and, to me, a little slice of heaven on earth. I’m absolutely in love with “The Piano Guys” at the moment. They do a version of Coldplay’s “Paradise” that is just INCREDIBLE. Very moving. The pianist is just freaking phenomenal as well. Their version of “Nearer My God to Thee” needs to come with a warning to keep a box of tissue handy. I dare you to make it through without shedding a tear. It features NINE cellos. Oh be still my heart.

After All These Years – Silverchair — Yes, seemingly an odd choice, but the whole song, orchestration, singer, etc… just does it for me. I have no explanation.

And So It Goes – Billy Joel — Completely underrated ballad song of his. The King’s Singers A Cappella version is fantastic as well. I also love his “Lullaby.”

Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap — I was indulging in a rare reality TV moment watching “So You Think You Can Dance” and this was one of the featured songs for a dance. Both the dance and song were so moving. I looked up Ms. Heap and fell in love. This song remains one of my all-time favorites.

I have so many more, but I’m tired and want to just post this for now. Look for a Part II at some point:-) Enjoy looking up some fabulous music!





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