Songs that Shift Your Spirits

Image - ListenMusic is the most transcendent expression of energy that you experience in your daily life. Music is the language that bridges all dimensions of existence -- intensely personal and gloriously communal -- there is no complexity of thought and emotion that music can not communicate. Singing raises your vibration, activates your throat chakra, and tunes your heart. The beat has accompanied humanity's practice of ritual ecstasy from the bonfires to the dance floors.

  • What songs inspire you and fire you up?
  • What songs make you want to drive with all the windows down, the speakers blaring, singing at the top of your lungs?
  • What songs help you cry when you need to, release the anger and frustration in your body, dance you around your house like a fool, raise you up, wear you out, and remind you that you are alive?

What songs tell others something about you that you can't put into words alone?

What would be the soundtrack to your blog? This was a deceptively ambitious project! I thought it would be a simple post to create, but after two weeks of working on it, I had a massive list of 200 songs. One song recalls ten others, and the list grows with no end in sight.

So, for the sake of focus, I decided to limit my selections to the concept of a Shift Your Spirits soundtrack and to a number of tracks that might fit on a CD. But since we are now in the age of the MP3 and gigabyte iPods, I cheated a bit with a list whittled down to 25.

25 Songs that Shift MY Spirits listed alphabetically by artist

Silent All These Years -- Tori Amos Hallelujah -- Jeff Buckley Cloudbusting -- Kate Bush Fields of Gold -- Eva Cassidy Heaven or Las Vegas -- Cocteau Twins Viva la Vida -- Coldplay Bea's Song (River Song Trilogy) -- Cowboy Junkies Bring Me to Life -- Evanescence Rhiannon -- Fleetwood Mac The Feeling Begins -- Peter Gabriel (from Passion - Music from The Last Temptation of Christ) Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- Judy Garland Now That We Are Free -- Lisa Gerrard (with Hans Zimmer from the Gladiator soundtrack) Moon River -- Audrey Hepburn (from Breakfast at Tiffany's) I Shall Not Walk Alone -- Ben Harper Every Grain of Sand -- Emmylou Harris Hide and Seek -- Imogen Heap The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill -- Lauryn Hill The Water is Wide -- Indigo Girls (with Jewel and Sarah McLachlan from Lilith Fair) Into the West -- Annie Lennox (Howard Shore from The Return of the King soundtrack) The Mummer's Dance -- Loreena McKennitt Sweet Surrender -- Sarah McLachlan Shine -- Dolly Parton Be With What Is -- pH Balance Today -- Smashing Pumpkins Where the Streets Have No Name -- U2

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Your Turn! I'd love to gather absolutely tons of audience participation on this one.

If you had to make me a mix of 10 or 20 songs that shift your spirits, what tracks would make the cut? Leave a comment and share your songs.

If you have a blog, play this like a tagging game, create your own blog soundtrack and link back to this post.

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