I have a Comfort playlist on my iPod, which I listen to when times are uncertain, and I’m craving comfort. Several of you expressed gratitude when I shared one of them—Kacey Musgraves “Somebody To Loveon my last blog “Give Yourself Permission to Seek Comfort Right Now” . So let me share with you a few more songs from my Comfort playlist, in case they help you navigate uncertainty, trust in a benevolent universe, bolster your resilience, and survive life’s inevitable times of transition with a cracked open, humble heart.

1. “Scare Away The Dark”—Passenger

This needs to be the anthem of our culture right now! “Sing, sing at the top of your voice/ Love without fear in your heart/ Feel, feel like you still have a choice/ If we all light up we can scare away the dark” (We do still have a choice, you know?)

2. “The Light”—Regina Spektor

“I know the morning is wiser than the evening/
I know that all of life just happens in between/
So many things I know, but they don’t help me/
Each day I open up my eyes and it begins/
The light comes shining in my eyes”

3. “Hymn Of Acxiom”—Vienna Teng

“Somebody hears you/ You know that/ You know that
Somebody hears you/ You know that inside
Someone is learning the colors of all your moods, to
(say just the right thing and) show that you’re understood
Here you’re known”

4. “Spirit Bird”—Xavier Rudd

“Soldier on, soldier on, my good country man,
Keep fighting for your children, now keep fighting for your land”

Read more: Xavier Rudd – Spirit Bird Lyrics | MetroLyrics

5. “Now”—Dave Carroll

My friend Dave Carroll, who garnered internet fame with his song “United Breaks Guitars“, believes that his online celebrity was really a vehicle intended to draw attention to his song Now, which was written for a sick friend of his, inspired by Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. “When there’s no way out, there’s still a way through/ So don’t give up, whatever you do”

6. “Made Of Love”—Amir Paiss

When things get rough, it’s easy to spiral down into darkness. It’s easy to forget that we are not only made of stardust; we are made of love. “Everything that happens call me to awaken and remind/ We are made of love”

7. “The Light”—Sara Bareilles

“No one knows where it ends/ how it may came tumbling down/But I’m here with you now/ I’m with you now”

8. “Cry If You Want To”—Karen Drucker

Sometimes, when you’re feeling uncertain, you just need someone to hold space for you to have a good cry. “No I won’t make fun of you/ I won’t tell anyone/ I won’t analyze what you do or you should have done/ I won’t advise you to go and have fun/ You can cry if you want to”

9. “Prayer For Healing—Great Mother”—Peruquois & Solar Wind

Because we are part of the greater whole, when we feel down, sometimes it’s because we are feeling the pain of the collective, the pain of nature, the pain of planetary grief. Calling upon Mother Earth can comfort us. “Oh mother, great mother, help us to heal ourselves and one another.”

10. “One Day”—Matisyahu

“All my life I’ve been waiting for/I’ve been praying for/For the people to say
That we don’t wanna fight no more/There will be no more wars
And our children will play/One day”

Love,

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14 Comments

  1. adriana parente

    thanks for this music lissa! i am really loving these songs these days. <3 <3

    httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mFsV_5fAuU

    httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llNlV1KDVUE

    httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LZec5-AJ5E&list=PLnu6Sg8NJa8yCOxPKmg3oa-nR9J-yGq4y

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    • Lissa_Rankin

      I love these. Just added them to my cuddle puddle playlist for my workshops. Thank you!

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      • adriana parente

        one more!

        httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNGTHgixo7o&index=6&list=PLnu6Sg8NJa8yCOxPKmg3oa-nR9J-yGq4y

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  2. mariuss

    Here is a YouTube playlist with these songs:
    httpss://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP-XVUpWZ-wVmU_i3QkrIJqImtrh3Az3s

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    • Lissa_Rankin

      This is full of awesome! I didn’t even know this was possible! Thank you.

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  3. CaroG87

    Oddly enough, the angrier songs make me more comforted …. gives me a mindset for fighting the ugliness out there. I never imagined in my whole life that I’d ever start quoting Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage) regularly but “Fight the Power” keeps popping up.

    But that’s me and my weird way of making sense of things.

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    • Lissa_Rankin

      I totally get this CaroG87. My church is an ecstatic dance Sweat Your Prayers on Sunday mornings, and the songs we dance to are intended to elicit different emotions so we can clear them. Sometimes, the anger-inducing songs leave me with the biggest catharsis and levity after I’m done moving that anger energy! Feel free to share your favorite songs for moving anger!

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      • CaroG87

        Here are some of mine: “Set It Off” (Audioslave), “Rusty Cage” (Soundgarden), “Not For You” (Pearl Jam), “Killing In The Name Of” (Rage Against The Machine), “Close To The Edge” (Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five), “You Oughta Know” (Alanis Morrissette)…..

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  4. carinamarianne

    I love “One Day” and could listen to if on repeat for endless times. What a great way to creat a play list specifically for this.

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  5. adriana parente

    comfort and upliftment. posted by oriah mountain dreamer on Facebook, saturday….

    Oriah Mountain Dreamer

    Yesterday at 10:53am ·

    A little music to start your weekend. Had not heard of these guys before, but they got me dancing and singing this morning. One line in the song is, “We’re all someone’s daughter, We’re all someone’s son.” Maybe, if we remember this particularly when we disagree with each other, we can remember we are all part of the human family sharing one small, beautiful planet. ~Oriah

    httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svSexiebYLo

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  6. Darlene de la Plata

    What a gift … thank you 😉 Reposting.

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  7. Sabrina

    Dear Lissa! Thank you so much for sharing your list! I’ve also such a list of songs supporting me in times of uncertainty! On mine, there’s also Karen Drucker with “I’ll be gentle with myself” and lots of German songs. Like “Lege deine Sorgen nieder” (Lay down your worries) by Sefora Nelson: httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGwtMHMeE10

    Last week I visited a concert in an little atelier at Lake Constance with a songwriter who was inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh for a Healing songs which comforts and accompanies me since then during the day: https://www.wkup.org/the-healing-song/. “Healing happens all around, breathe and smile, be still and know”.

    Wishing us all always some kind of music to comfort during uncertain times! And the remembrance that we’re all connected to each other on this journey!
    Love, Sabrina.

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  8. Ariel Nishri

    Thank you Lisa, Prayer of the mothers is a unique song of hope in 3 languages. httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyFM-pWdqrY

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  9. Stu Good

    Lisa. I just read an article you wrote about liefestyle choices vs/combined with happiness, which really helps to explain my current (and much of my life) situation. I’ve not been able to walk right for over a year now and frequently have digestive problems. I’m really trying to put my life back on track and have ordered some enzymes and probiotics to add to my healthy diet. The only people around me do not really extend a hand of friendship and vilify me for smoking. I’m waiting to move away to start a new job and until I rejoin the living, music is the most potent connection to humanity I have. I want to give you kudos for knowing Regina Spektor’s music. The Light is beautiful. There’s a lovely line in it about a father and son being “like poets” and experiencing a different reality. I look forward to persuing more of your thoughts.

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