Music connects. It inspires. It moves us–both physically and emotionally. 

Have you ever heard a song and found yourself transported to a different time and place in your mind? Maybe you haven’t heard the song for decades, and when the beat begins, you are amazed to find you remember every sound. Every word. You can vividly remember singing the song at some point in your life. The sights. The sounds. The people you were with. And even the emotions come flooding back. 

This is what music does. 

Music can be therapeutic. It can be healing. 

Some of my earliest memories include music. Since I was a young girl listening to the music my parents played throughout the house, I have found joy in the rhythm. In the beat. In the words. In the melody. I can remember sitting for hours in front of my little, plastic record player, playing the Rose Petal Place record, Disney songs and stories, and one of my favorite songs, Upside Down by Diana Ross. 

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So what did I do when anxiety was threatening to take hold this week? I returned to something that has brought me joy and comfort and has encouraged emotion and tears throughout my lifetime.

I created a playlist of songs that speak to me.

Songs that take me to the places in my mind and heart and spirit that I need to go. Songs that bring joy. Songs that bring hope. Songs that make me smile. Songs that bring me to my knees in worship. And songs that bring tears. 

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And in hopes that it may bring you the samejoy, comfort, hope, or the tears that are sometimes necessary–I wanted to share my playlist with you. 

No matter what the day may hold, let’s keep encouraging one another. Let’s keep singing. Let’s keep worshipping God above. And most definitelylet’s keep dancing.

It’s good for the soul.

Previously published on the author’s blog

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson is a freelance writer, preschool art teacher and mother of four with a heart for Jesus. Her work can be found on a number of blogs and parenting publications. Recently relocated from Indianapolis to Nashville, Tennessee. She is a passionate storyteller and believes every person has an important story to tell. We grow when we share. And even more when we listen.