Music has always been a personal source of joy, inspiration, and healing. In this season of Quarantine, I am definitely leaning on music for some peace of mind.
Admittedly, the entire Trolls movie soundtrack and a plethora of Disney tunes are played regularly, along with whatever 60’s and 70’s throwbacks Kirk gets in the mood to hear. For example, our kids endured “I Know a Place” by Petula Clark and “Daydream Believer” by the Monkees this week. But, I didn’t include any of those in this playlist.
This is my personal playlist to keep my heart upbeat and inspired.
By the way, I am so bothered that people do not practice proper social distancing in these videos. Questions cross my mind like, “have they properly disinfected all that equipment- especially those microphones–I seriously doubt it and why do they keep touching each other?” I’m kidding, sort of, actually it is genuinely hard to watch television and videos filmed before Quarantine and separate out the new rules that dictate our world. Can I get an amen?!
You can enjoy below, or you can click on this link, Jenn’s Quarantine Playlist, to go straight to my playlist on Youtube.
“Alexa play ____” is a daily command in my house. So here, in no particular order, is a list of what I’ve been asking Alexa to play during Quarantine . . .
It’s Gonna Be Okay (Piano Guys)
So I listen to the Piano Guys most every day. The first time I heard the song “It’s Gonna Be Okay” after the Quarantine started, I went nuts dancing around the kitchen with my 10 and 12 year old boys. I didn’t have to coax my sons into dancing with me, the three of us just looked at one another and knew we had to bust a move. We sing this song often, but today it has fresh meaning. I just love it!
Maybe It’s OK (We are Messengers)
I often feel the pressure to appear strong and unshaken, and right now this stoicism is on steroids. Yet, I am learning that true strength comes by owning the reality of my personal frailty and emotion. It is in my willingness to say I’m not okay, that I realize God really is okay in every season of my life. In this time of uncertainty, it really is okay if we are not always okay.
The Blessing (Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship)
This song was written in early March before the Quarantine by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Steven Furtick, and Chris Brown. Only God could have known the collective need of humanity for these words. The promise of this song has spread across the globe and touched people everywhere; including me.
Be Still (Hillsong)
I was getting ready one morning and started feeling anxious. The words to this song came to mind, and they were such a reminder and comfort. “I won’t be afraid, YOU don’t let go, be still my heart know . . .”
Look Up Child (Lauren Daigle)
When everything feels out of my control, this song is a reminder that He is calling my name and saying, “Look up child”.
Good and Loved (Travis Greene and Stephanie Gretzinger)
O my goodness how I love this song. “There will be times when you’re up and times when you’re down, just look around and you’ll find me . . . I’m by your side, arms opened wide. I am good, you are loved.” Enough said.
Hallelujah Here Below (Stephanie Gretzinger and Elevation Worship)
I don’t want to be silent in this season, I want to join the chorus of humanity, who despite all the uncertainty, is still rising to sing hallelujah. This one gets me every time.
Waymaker – (Leeland)
Before the Quarantine I fell in love with this song, and the words touch my heart just as much as they did before the chaos of this pandemic. I still know that I know….. My God is the Waymaker.
How Great is Our God, Be Strong and Take Courage (Don Moen)
This is for all my friends who loved Don Moen in the 80’s and 90’s. I looked for the song “Be Strong and Take Courage” right after Quarantine began, and all I could find were a few lame videos from the 90’s — I just can’t. BUT, then I stumbled across this . . . Don Moen brings encouragement from his home during Quarantine! I want to give him a big hug for sharing his heart during this time. Thanks brother!
Surrounded (Michael W. Smith)
What an anthem for this season. If we didn’t fully understand before, now we know, “this is how we fight our battles.” I look forward to the day when we can once again physically fight our battles together.
I am thankful to live in a day when music is so easily accessed. I hope you are able to find songs that fill your heart and mind with encouragement in this season.
Be well and love always,