“Music has the ability to reach someone’s soul.” -Jhonny K
Although I’ve never seen Him, I firmly believe that God exists. For me, one of the most compelling evidences for divinity is music. There is something about music that seems to transcend mortality; it expresses the inexpressible. And I have long held the belief that God speaks to us through music.
In reference to my struggle with depression, inspirational and uplifting music has been one of the keys to my recovery. When the storms of life became tempestuous—threatening to dash me to pieces—music stepped in and soothed my soul (for example, I don’t think I could’ve made it through some of life’s challenges without the Legends of the Fall soundtrack).
Scientists have long understood the power of music in healing and recovery. In an article published on The American Psychological Association website, an author described a music therapy study led by researcher Joanne Loewy:
“There’s just something about music — particularly live music — that excites and activates the body,” says Loewy, whose work is part of a growing movement of music therapists and psychologists who are investigating the use of music in medicine to help patients dealing with pain, depression and possibly even Alzheimer’s disease. “Music very much has a way of enhancing quality of life and can, in addition, promote recovery.”
Knowing the healing power of music, one of my friends recently released an album titled ARISE. The purpose of this album is to give hope and inspiration to those that are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts. 100% of the proceeds go to organizations and non-profits that assist those who are struggling to move forward.
Truthfully, I’m always a bit skeptical about endorsing any particular project (it never hurts to be cautious), but after listening to the album I must admit that it’s quite inspirational (my favorite song is “Today” by Mallory Ownbey—I must’ve listened to it over 100 times! I might even use it some future videos).
While watching to an interview with the album’s producer, I was moved by this line: “Our message is not to focus on the darkness but to say ‘we get the darkness, but there’s a way out of it.'”
If you’re searching for hope, please check out the album ARISE and keep an ear out for inspirational music.
Speaking of music, if you have any songs that you think are particularly inspirational please feel free to post them in the comments below! I’d love to see your suggestions!