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  1. Racel W.

    Music is healing to me. I can’t pick one song because so many different types have help me.

    Gospel helps me to feel the grace of the creator. Brings comfort. Gives me hope. Helps me feel connected to my history, and to my mom.

    Certain pop songs brings me back to a situation that may have been joyful or reminding me i was not made to be broken. Connects to love and the feeling of gratefulness.

    The sound of nature comforts me, roots me to earth and beyond. Rocks me to sleep with thuhderclaps and rain.

    Music makes all my senses colorfully come to life.

    2 years ago
  2. Robin Ann

    “We are the world” comes to mind. That song touched my soul. I also love celtic music and the instruments in particular. I am irish so I always find it comforting to listen to. I am grateful for being Irish and also grateful I have been able to go to Ireland 2x so far.

    2 years ago
  3. Erich617

    I sing “The Rainbow Connection” with my daughter almost everyday.

    2 years ago
  4. Don Jones

    I quite like the music of Krishna Das and the idea he talks about – that being every mention of a name for God (in the myriad forms) is like planting a seed. In the workshop tho – well … 70’s headbanger…

    2 years ago
  5. Barb C

    Strangely hard to answer. I read a lot of poetry and that’s what comes to mind before a movie. And songs are poetry, after all. I do like Dragonfly’s suggestion of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. I’ll need to think about this some more.

    2 years ago
  6. Carol

    The movie “Amistad” and the movie “Romero.” Both true stories. As to songs, too many to name. I’ve spent most of my life singing in bars, community theatre productions, and church choirs. I guess you could say I sang everywhere from the saloon to the sanctuary and I didn’t find the audiences/church parishioners much different. Music is a universal language and every song I’ve been blessed to share has blessed me and I am grateful.

    2 years ago
  7. dragonfly

    Happy by Pharrell Williams would be an upbeat one. Or more “subdued”: What a wonderful world by Louis Armstrong.

    2 years ago
    1. Avril

      I almost wrote Happy as my choice!

      2 years ago
  8. Rabbit

    I loved the two songs from the gratefulness class I took on this site. I am posting links. Also sharing words for a hymn that we used to sing on Thanksgiving day in a church that I attended many years ago. Sorry for the male only terminology. It is a very old song. I think I have always been most moved by the very first line.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03GpPfOsFkQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3Z6LHtxN3U

    See AllLyrics: Thank You For Giving Me The Morning
    Folk Hymnal

    _Passionata_
    Thank you, for giving me the morning.

    Thank you, for ev’ry day that’s new.
    Thank you, that I can know my worries
    can be cast on you.

    Thank you,
    for all my friends and brothers (sisters).
    Thank you, for all the men (women) that live.
    Thank you, for even greatest enemies
    I can forgive.

    Thank you, for many little sorrows.
    Thank you, for ev’ry kindly word.
    Thank you, for ev’rywhere your guidance
    reaches ev’ry land.

    Thank you, I see your Word has meaning.

    Thank you, I know your Spirit here.
    Thank you, because you love all people,
    those both far and near.

    Thank you, O Lord, you spoke unto us.

    Thank you, that for our words you care.
    Thank you, O Lord, you came among us,
    bread and wine to share.

    Thank you, O Lord,
    your love is boundless.
    Thank you, that I am full of you.
    Thank you, you made me feel so glad

    and thankful as I do.

    2 years ago
    1. Barb C

      I love Yo-Yo Ma’s playing and this version of Over the Rainbow is gorgeous. Follow it with this one by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole for a wonderful back to back dose of rainbows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I&ab_channel=MountainAppleCompanyInc.

      2 years ago
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      Ana Maria

      Pure beauty! I thank you for inspiring me this morning. Blessings to you!

      2 years ago
      1. Rabbit

        I am just blessed you liked them. Thank you for telling me. Blessings back to you Ana Maria.

        2 years ago
  9. DENISE H

    This can change daily for me, today it would be “Let it Be”. It’s fitting for me in this time and place. 🙂

    2 years ago
  10. Butterfly

    Enya’s On My Way Home. One of the lines says “I remember all the best days” and that reminds me of all the joy I’ve had and how blessed I’ve been amid the difficulties.

    2 years ago
  11. Chester

    All music that slows me down and pulls me back into the moment helps me live gratefully. Particularly impactful songs are Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic, Joni Mitchell’s Circle Game, and The Wind by Cat Stevens.

    2 years ago
    1. Erich617

      I was really moved by Joni Mitchell’s performance of Circle Game at this year’s Newport Folk Festival after her recovery from a massive stroke.

      2 years ago
  12. Avril

    This is a tough one… There are many movies and art that invoke gratitude. I have gratitude from enjoying them, not necessarily their content being gratitude inspiring. But, trying to stay on track, I feel inspired by “Kundun” , the story of the 14th Dalai Lama. I always laugh and cry over “Harold and Maude”… and who can’t clap their hands to “I love days like this” by Shaun Escoffrey–if you haven’t listened to it I suggest you do!

    2 years ago
    1. Joseph McCann

      I was a young person when “Harold and Maude” came out. One of my favorite movies that I had not thought about for ages. Thanks Avril for a blast back to my youth.

      2 years ago
      1. Avril

        It’s timeless!

        2 years ago
  13. Erin

    Recently I seen ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’.. It’s gentle yet symbolic depiction of valiant survival touched me greatly.

    2 years ago
  14. Joseph McCann

    Eyes of the World…….”Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.” Robert Hunter Jerome Garcia

    2 years ago
  15. c
    carol

    Hallelujah by Cohen, Morning has broken by Cat Stevens, Rise Up Rise Up by Parachute club, and yes Louis Armstrong , What a wonderful World and my favorite sunrise song
    Tshinanu https://youtu.be/nTsBdH3Dohw the list goes on….

    2 years ago
    1. Robin Ann

      I love Hallelujah also!!

      2 years ago
    2. dragonfly

      I love them all!

      2 years ago
  16. Laura

    Song: “Day by Day” from Godspell.
    Movie: “A Christmas Carol” (1951 version) and “It’s a Wonderful Life”

    2 years ago
  17. Michele

    Another one bites the dust by Queen – Never guaranteed tomorrow
    The Notebook – you never know how long your memory will last

    2 years ago
  18. Pilgrim

    Movie – “The Sound of Music.” Song – same as Kevin, “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

    2 years ago
  19. Kevin

    Movies: “Up!,” and, “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
    Song: “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong

    2 years ago
    1. dragonfly

      I love your choices!

      2 years ago
  20. Helly

    Hallelujah – the Jeff Buckley version.

    Much to celebrate always in just being alive, however broken we feel..

    2 years ago
    1. dragonfly

      Beautiful! Never heard this song before. I’m so touched by it. Thanks for sharing.

      2 years ago
    2. Michele

      I love Loreena McKennitt and saw her in concert was awesome! I especially love her right now in fall and Halloween time

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        You’ve seen her……lucky you. I hope I can experience one of her concerts too.
        And I hope you weren’t too bothered by Hurricane Ian. I follow the news here in the Netherlands, and many reports about Florida were sad. 🍀

        2 years ago
        1. Michele

          my power finally got turned on last night. Makes you truly grateful for having electricity.

          2 years ago
          1. Christine

            🙏

            2 years ago
    3. Kevin

      Beautiful, and stunning, Christine Thank you.

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        😊💕

        2 years ago
  21. Dusty Su

    This is something I play/pray often. It grounds me, returns me to source.
    Calling my heart ❤ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgoEcckBVeY&list=PLT2BEd1-MondOI5VQcyOONORlqoLy2Avp&index=242
    ‘Native Prayer’ from the album ‘Mystic Traveler’ by Gerhard Fankhauser & Einat Gilboa

    2 years ago
    1. Christine

      So beautiful, Dusty Su 💞

      2 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        I love it.

        2 years ago

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