Music is one of the things that so heals the soul – a universal language that touches us in places that words alone cannot. I have always loved different kinds of music and so as I sat listening to the evening news, disheartened and feeling a bit of panic – I started thinking about what piece of music would be uplifting. I was looking for music for this moment.
I immediately thought of Les Miserable’s One Day More, a song that never fails to fill me up with passion. We saw Les Mis on Broadway with the original cast production (thanks to my mother-in-law Pearl Zimmerman, may her memory be a blessing…) and so listening to the music, also brings me the thrill of being a young woman from the suburbs of Chicago, wowed by the genius of Broadway.
As I do, I went to Twitter to post to my buddies the YouTube video of One Day More, and then asked what music moved others with hope, happiness, and joy – or music that touched them and perhaps could be helpful in this moment.
People — we need this. We have entered a new world right now. We must all know what our go-to’s are that help us stay centered.
There is so much we cannot control. We CAN control what we turn to to soothe our souls.
With love, I share the COVID-19 Playlist, gathered from the recommendations of my friends on Twitter. THANK YOU if you contributed. So far, it’s 104 songs: rock, blues, Broadway, opera, classical, singer-songwriter, duets — it’s all so beautiful. You can watch here or at this link to YouTube (While you are on YouTube, check out some of my other videos on my channel.)
I’m writing a lot about how to survive and even flourish during this time. Find the most recent blog posts on my blog, like this one. Sign up for my Path With Heart newsletter for more inspiration. You don’t have to be Jewish Come as you are.
What are your favorites? Comment below!
Originally posted on Rabbi Jill Zimmerman’s website.
Re-posted with permission.
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