Category Archives: Expressive Music

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram

World War II song is still popular

In 1943, World War II was raging and victory was far from guaranteed. The war separated family and drew women into the workplace. Amidst all the worry, chaos and grief, Bing Crosby released “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The song … Continue reading

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“The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics

Song reminds us to reconcile with our parents while they're still alive

“The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics is as potent a reminder as any to make peace with our parents while we still have the benefit of connecting in the embodied world. The singer expresses regret at not having … Continue reading

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Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love”

Bob Dylan's tender love song reminds us of the source of our grief

A little over two years ago, a fire destroyed the building where I was renting an apartment. Fortunately, no one was injured, and the landlord soon placed everyone who lived in the building in a new home. All we lost, … Continue reading

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“Thank You” by Johnny Reid

Sometimes "Thank you" is the highest praise

When the heart is too full for words, the most sincere expression of love is often a simple offering of thanks. Johnny Reid completely captures this idea in his tender love song “Thank You.” His warm, soulful voice and the beautiful … Continue reading

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“Memphis Skyline” by Rufus Wainwright

A beautiful memorial song dedicated to Jeff Buckley

Envy and deep respect are in perfect harmony in Rufus Wainwright’s touching tribute song, “Memphis Skyline.” As a longtime fan of the late singer Jeff Buckley, Wainwright penned the tune to honor Buckley’s unexpected death at a young age. Today, … Continue reading

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“Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” by Billy Joel

Billy Joel’s touching melody offers us reassurance that death is not the end

If you are one of the many people who have tried to explain death to a child, you can understand the difficulty one faces in finding just the right words. I remember sitting on my bed as a toddler after … Continue reading

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