Body & Soul
Over the 16 years I lived in Indianapolis, I was immensely blessed to work with, hang out with, and support a ton of local (and ridiculously talented) musicians. My friend Kevin Anker – who can pull more funk/blues/soul/rock goodness out of a piano than anyone I know – has been sharing a song every few days during this stay-at-home season. The selections show his style, love for and taste in music, and a great sense of humor (just look at the list of titles).
Ashley, Isaac, and Kelly have all shared some wonderful song choices (see those below this entry) to calm and soothe your spirits.
THIS list, borrowed from Kevin’s daily posts, and gathered into a PLAYLIST for one-click listening, is a little less sacred, but might feed your spirit and soul just as well. Enjoy!
– Courtney Richards
- Have You Been Making Out Okay, Al Green
- Changes, Tad Robinson **Tad is a dear friend from Indy, too, and Kevin’s longtime collaborator. You’ll love him!
- Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, Chicago
- Reflections of My Life, Marmalade
- How Long Blues, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
- For the Good Times, Al Green
- Lovely Day, Bill Withers
- Better Days, Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
- The Things That I Used to Do, Guitar Slim
- Lonely Talking, Tad Robinson
- Time, Pink Floyd
- Blue Monday People, Curtis Mayfield
- I Can’t Get Next to You, Al Green **The playlist link includes a 2nd version, from The Temptations! I couldn’t resist!
- Walk On By, Isaac Hayes with The Bar Kays
- Stand By Me, Ben E. King
- Time Is On My Side, Irma Thomas
- Stop Where You Are, Corinne Bailey Rae
- Waiting in Vain, Bob Marley
- In Time, Sly & the Family Stone
- Stay With Me, Rod Stewart
- So Far Away, Dire Straits
- Get Back, The Beatles
- I Can Make It Through the Day, Ray Charles
- Family Reunion, The O’Jays
- Steppin’ Out, Syl Johnson
- Day After Day, Badfinger
- The Waiting, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
One of my all time favorite hymns is, “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.” The language is a bit old fashioned, but that adds to the to its effectiveness, for me. In times when my soul is weary, or in times of pain and anxiety, this hymn is a real comfort to me. One of the verses says,
“I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.”
This is a gorgeous arrangement performed by The Westminster Chorus. Let it wash over your soul!
– Kelly Ford
Westminster, singing a David Phelps arrangement of the George Matheson Hymn, “Oh Love, That Will Not Let Me Go” in the Petrikirche, a Protestant church (start of construction 1322) in Dortmund, Germany. The church is famous for the huge carved altar (known as “Golden Miracle of Dortmund”), from 1521. It consists of 633 gilt carved oak figures depicting 30 scenes about Easter.
O LOVE THAT WILT NOT LET ME GO
(George Matheson; arr. David Phelps)
O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust lifes glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.
Isaac Herbert, leader of the The Rising worship band, is living the Tulsa #SafeAtHome life with Sarah Grace (who is an elementary school music teacher), and their daughter Autumn (who is almost 3!). Here are some of his favorite soul-soothers (and he likes listening in this order!):
Morning Comes by Delta Rae
Mercy by Dave Matthews Band
Timshel by Mumford & Sons
Tethered by Phil Wickham
It Is Well (Live) by Bethel Music, Kristene Dimarco
Stay the Road by Glen Hansard
Inland by Jars Of Clay
Children’s Music Director Ashley Pease is a member of our Chancel Choir and Avenue a capella ensemble. Obviously, music is a big part of her spiritual life.
Here are some her favorites on repeat right now, settling her soul in this season :
Praise Before My Breakthrough by Bryan and Katie Torwalt
Lightbulbs by Something in the Wheel
Missing Peace by JJ Heller
Still by Amanda Lindsey Cook
When the Well Runs Dry by Liv Douglas and John Lucas