I co-facilitate a group that discusses concepts like invitation, blessing and creation from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. As I prepared for these discussions, I found myself compiling soundtracks, which isn’t surprising. Listening to music is, for me, a spiritual experience. When I listen to music, especially live performances, I enter a liminal space. I feel connected. At one.

The songs listed below explore what I do and do not believe, and why. They remind me of times when I accepted an invitation or received a blessing, like friendship, support, tough love. They also remind me to move through the world with more rhythm, more grace, more humour. They make up a highly subjective and somewhat quirky list of “soul” music.

These songs encompass the full spectrum of belief and disbelief. From theism to atheism. They also span different music genres: Americana, cabaret, folk, jazz, pop. Wherever you stand on the spiritual (or music) spectrum, I hope you find something here that makes your feet tap and  your heart sing.


Soul Matters

  1. “I love you and Buddha too” by Mason Jennings
  2. “Jesus are you real” by Mason Jennings
  3. “Teen for God” by Dar Williams
  4. “Take me to church” by Sinead O’Connor
  5. “Dear God” by XTC
  6. “Holy Now” by Peter Mayer
  7. “Church of the earth” by Peter Mayer




  1. “Life’s what you make it” by Graham Colton
  2. “Once a day” by Michael Franti & Spearhead
  3. “Save the children” by Gil Scott-Heron
  4. “Go where the love is” by Edie Brickell
  5. “As cool as I am” by Dar Williams
  6. “Spirit” by Amos Lee
  7. “Nobody asks” by Peter Mayer



  1. “Blessed” by Lucinda Williams
  2. “Blessed to be a witness” by Ben Harper
  3. “Good to be alive today” by Michael Franti & Spearhead
  4. “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant
  5. “If  you ain’t got love” by Mason Jennings
  6. “Child of Nature” by Mason Jennings
  7. “I do not want what I have not got” by Sinead O’Connor
  8. “The Valley” by k.d. lang
  9. “My life” by John Boutte
  10. “I think I’ll call it morning” by Gil Scott Heron
  11. “What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong
  12. “Thank you” by Bonnie Raitt


Letting Go

  1. “Surrender and certainty” by Sarah McLachlan
  2. “Throw it away” by Abbey Lincoln
  3. “Here comes the sun” by Nina Simone
  4. “Let in Be” by The Beatles
  5. “Let it go” by Donavon Frankenreiter
  6. “Let it go” by Luba
  7. “Letting go” by Steffany Gretzinger
  8. “Bird on a wire” by Jennifer Warnes
  9. “Forever young” by Rhiannon Giddens & Bon Iver
  10. “Let it go” by Pentatonix



  1. “Waiting on the world to change” by John Mayer
  2. “There will be time” by Mumford & Sons
  3. “River” by Leon Bridges
  4. “Redemption song” by Macy Gray
  5. “I find it hard to say (Rebel)” by Ms. Lauryn Hill
  6. “Over the rainbow/What a wonderful world” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  7. “Watershed” by the Indigo Girls
  8. “The ones we couldn’t be” by Bonnie Raitt
  9. “Calling all angels” by k.d. lang & Jane Siberry
  10. “Joy” by Tracey Thorn
  11. “Maybe this Christmas” by Tracey Thorn


Creation: Bringing something new into being

  1. “My favourite distraction” by Coral Egan
  2. “Sing” by Annie Lennox
  3. “Mushaboom” by Feist
  4. “Apron strings” by Everything but the Girl
  5. “The night I heard Caruso sing” by Everything but the Girl
  6. “Anthem” by Patricia O’Callaghan
  7. “Pi” by Kate Bush and Ann Sofie von Otter
  8. “Turbulent indigo” by Joni Mitchell

Tell me: What songs would you add to these lists?

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