Put the Gun Down -  Anja Kotar

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Put the Gun Down - Anja Kotar

Not only is this a hauntingly beautiful song, but it’s also a highly relevant one.  With all the extended media coverage of the seemingly increasing incidences of mass shootings and suicides across the world, “Put the Gun Down” by Anja Kotar is rather timely.  She shares the story behind this powerful tune:  

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Let Me Go - Bond Villain

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Let Me Go - Bond Villain

Music to Save a Lost Soul is thrilled to add Bond Villain to the playlist this week.  “Let Me Go” was submitted via our landing page and it was a sonic delight that felt like finding buried treasure!  This tune is reminiscent of the mellow style from Panic! At the Disco’s “Death of a Bachelor” album, and some of the a capella operatic stylings of Queen and Freddie Mercury… definitely made for this list. 

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That's How Strong My Love Is - Otis Redding

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That's How Strong My Love Is - Otis Redding

With albums titled “The Soul Album” and “The Dictionary of Soul”, Otis Redding, also known as “The King of Soul”, is a name that is synonymous with soul music.  His voice is always emotionally charged and powerful.  Though there are numerous songs of his that could be featured on this playlist, “That’s How Strong My Love Is” has always been one of my favorites.

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What Can I Do (But Love You) - Joy Williams

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What Can I Do (But Love You) - Joy Williams

Imagine you’ve just hit the play button and you’re transported to the first day of snow in the quaint little town of Stars Hollow, CT.  Life is full of hope, your heart is full of love, and you feel like the spirits above made it snow at this very moment, just for you. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up next to someone you love to keep you warm and toasty.

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Back to Black - Amy Winehouse

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Back to Black - Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse would have been 34 years old this year… a life cut way too short.  I will admit that when she was alive, I didn’t pay much attention to her music.  I know... that's a tragedy in itself, but why not?  Through the media, all I heard about her was that she was a drug addict singing about not wanting to go to rehab. That seemed ridiculous to me at the time, so I missed out on some soulful and powerful music… but not for long!  

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Pallar Anders Visa - In Flames

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Pallar Anders Visa - In Flames

When I meet people that know I’m a singer/songwriter, most ask me what kind of music I write. The question I enjoy answering most is “What kind of music do you listen to?”  My typical answer sounds something like, “Sam Cooke, Freddie Mercury, Chris Cornell, Sarah McLachlan… and a band named In Flames.”  Right about then is where I get a “HUH?!”...

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3 Libras - A Perfect Circle

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3 Libras - A Perfect Circle

Sometimes the soul wants to listen to the softer side of a rock band, my soul often does.  Maynard Keenan brings the same energy and heart to this song as he does to some of the harder hitting tunes he’s well-known for with A Perfect Circle, or Tool.  If you are one to not pay close attention to lyrics, I suggest you listen up to this song.

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With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

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With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

Most of us millenials (though I’m on the older end of the spectrum) recognize this tune from popular television show “The Wonder Years”.  So while I think of Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper when I hear this song, I also think of how awkward my own childhood moments sometimes were...

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When I’m Down - Chris Cornell

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When I’m Down - Chris Cornell

What can I say? I miss Chris Cornell. I know I’m not alone in that sentiment.  His passing affected me in a way that I never saw coming.  I had no desire to sing or play a guitar for 3 weeks… that’s the tremendous amount of loss that I felt, and that’s how I know his music belongs here.

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That’s Where It’s At - Sam Cooke

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That’s Where It’s At - Sam Cooke

“The Man Who Invented Soul” and “Mr. Soul”… You just can’t have Soul without Sam Cooke!  If you don’t know his music, you’re missing out.  He is a major influence on artists in several genres, and if you listen to him, you’ll know why. 

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That Wasn't Me - Brandi Carlile

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That Wasn't Me - Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile's performance is a powerful contradiction. Her voice is clearly trained with bursts of seemingly uncontrolled raw emotion. Perfect for "That Wasn't Me" which seems to say "#sorrynotsorry" in the most loving way possible. It's an argument that needs no rebuttal.

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Little Miss Sunshine - Caleb Hawley

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Little Miss Sunshine - Caleb Hawley

HIGH SCHOOL. ::cringe:: High School was quite possibly the most uncomfortable time of my life... oh, you too?! When you're a bi-racial kid (Filipino/Caucasian) that looks Latina, but doesn't speak Spanish, you're not Asian enough, White enough, and definitely not Spanish enough to sit at any of those lunch tables...

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