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LEON “No Goodbyes”

I LOVEEEEEEEEEE this song.

LEON is definitely an artist to watch –  nearly all her songs are jams.

 

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My Soul Food

This post was inspired by listening (crying) to Sam Smith’s most recent work of art, The Thrill Of It All. I’ll admit that I wasn’t blown away by his first single off the album, “Too Good At Goodbyes”, however I consistently find that I like non-singles better (for all artists) and this time was no different. Highlights of the album for me were: “Pray”, “Nothing Left For You”, “Scars” and “The Thrill of It All”. But the song that made me weep like a baby was the album’s final track, “One Day At A Time.” Any adjectives I write here would not do the song justice so I won’t even try to describe it. But aside from the cigarette mention in the chorus lyrics (because smokers are jokers), it’s a pretty perfect song.

ANYWAYS, I was inspired to listen to my Soul Food playlist on Spotify after hearing Sam’s album and I gotta say, sometimes you need to add a little soul to your musical diet. I often find this playlist too intense to listen to because of the emotions it forces out of me, but the music and raw talent of these artists is worth the emotional pain. Below, are some of the most lyrically touching and vocally mesmerizing songs I’ve ever heard.

Parson James “Waiting Game” – Those first few piano notes and I’m already done. Listen to this song with tissues. You’ve been warned.

Joss Stone “Free Me (2017)” – Joss’s (Joss’?) voice is one-of-a-kind.

Sam Smith “Nirvana” – My favorite song of Sam’s.

Samm Henshaw “Only Wanna Be With You (Unplugged)” – I stumbled upon this song recently and have never looked back. The epitome of a love song, this has become one of my all-time favorites.

Tobias Jesso Jr. “How Could You Babe” – Doing a complete 180 here, this is the epitome of a heartbreak song. I mean, the painfully beautiful way Tobias belts it out is so good it’s almost unfair.  Like, can you throw some of your talent my way, babe?

CeeLo Green “Fuck You” – Some may not classify this honest, to-the-point song as soul but this is my blog and I DEFINITELY do. I mean, I play this song and I’m instantly feeling better about everything. The same thing happens when I eat chocolate chip cookies… or cheese fries. Hands down one of the best songs to ever happen to pop music.

Fifth Harmony “Don’t Say You Love Me”

I wish I had something more sophisticated to say other than THIS SONG IS AMAZEBALLS but I don’t and it is.

Simon and Garfunkel “Blues Run the Game”

Dude. These two. Happy Throwback Thursday.

Marlene “Miss You A Little”

Another fabulous pop song from Sweden, aka the land where fabulous pop songs are made. In droves.

Samm Henshaw “Only Wanna Be With You (Acoustic)”

I’m honestly having a hard time putting into words how magically raw and precious this song is. Just press play.

Superfruit “Future Friends”

THIS SONG IS EVERYTHING!!!!

These two fabulous men, who happen to be two fifths of the AMAZING a capella hit quintet, Pentatonix, created a masterpiece with this song. How it’s not playing everywhere right now is beyond me but, then again, it’s probably a good thing this song isn’t on the radio. It’s just too damn fantastic.

Also, check out their entire album because it’s one hell of an ear fuck, and I mean that in the best way possible.

UPDATE: Just heard the Brian Roberts Jones Choir Remix of this son and HOLY EXPLETIVES. You will actually feel holier after listening to it, trust me.

 

Marc Cohn “Hold On For Me”

I just love this man’s music.

No Words

As a race, I think we’re failing ourselves and the future. This planet, this place that we call home, is so precious and we’re just making everything harder for ourselves as a whole. We humans overthink everything, fight about everything, and make a big deal out of everything. At the end of the day, none of us have forever, so why can’t we all just be kind and learn to live with one another in peace now? I know it’s wishful thinking but we’re all thinking it… or at least many of us are.

Anyways, when it gets too noisy and busy out in the world I like to listen to music that puts me in a more relaxed and calm state of mind. Instrumental music, in particular for me, creates that sense of zen. Songs don’t need words to tell a story, after all.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite instrumental pieces:

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