The Healing Power of Song

Life 2.0

Surfing through YouTube tonight I stumbled upon the first video below. A rapper, Aaron J. Hart, shares his struggle with anxiety on Ireland’s Got Talent. He says that writing and performing has saved him. I immediately thought of the many other moving performances I’ve seen rom around the world on the different talent shows. I’ve assembled here a collection of my favorites.

Being contestants auditioning on a talent show, these artists were unknown at the time these videos were recorded. They were strangers from nowhere. But we quickly came to know them as they shared themselves with a teaching intimacy. Most of these songs deal with loss — a universal experience we all share in time. But they touch also on mental illness, bullying, discrimination and more.

Most songs performed here are also original, making them all the more powerful. But even those who chose to perform known songs revealed themselves through both their selection and their delivery. They made the songs their own.

I invite you to watch and listen as these songs take you on a journey.

That’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you. – Hannah Harrington

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. – Alphonse de Lamartine

A song can infiltrate your heart and the heart may change your mind. – Elvis Costello

I’ve found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow. – Bryce W. Anderson

Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The quotes here came from There are lots more!

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