Music for the Soul

Music. It's such a powerful medium. Sometimes a song can say it better than you could ever convey it. I love listening to traditional Orisha music in Yoruba or even Portuguese (big ups to Brazil!!) but sometimes I listen and use conventional songs to get into a meditative state and ready my mind, body, and spirit for prayer and manifestation. 


Take Shania Twain's 'Still The One', for instance. At first glance, it's the typical country love song about the bond between a husband and wife but for me? I sing this song nice and loud to proclaim my love for my eggun and spirit guides. Of course, because I'm Jamaican I gotta play the Sanchez version. Sanchez is such a blessing - he doesn't get nearly as much credit as he deserves. 

 

 

Looks like we've made it
Look how far we've come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we'd get there someday
They said "I bet they'll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We're still together still going strong
You're still the one I run to
The on that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)

I'm such a sap. I'll be in here crying, my heart filled with love and gratitude for the connection I have with my people. Grateful that I've allowed myself to trust them when I didn't even feel like I could trust myself. It's truly a blessing to experience this life with them. 


Another song I love is Luther Vandross' 'So Amazing'. My dearly departed Nana and I were super close in life and in death she is still my number one favorite person. She loved her some Luther! I grew up listening to all of his albums and each song reminds me of her and the home we shared together. However, Luther wrote 'So Amazing' for his newborn niece - he never had any children and his niece was the light of his life. When I tell you how the tears just start to flow when I listen to this song? #Waterworks
And it's so amazing, so amazing
I could stay forever, forever
Here in love and would leave you never
'Cause we go amazing love
Truly it's amazing, so amazing
Love brought us together, together
I would leave you never and never
'Cause we got amazing love

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I do love listening to music from the diaspora and even if I don't know what the words are right away my spirit will just take to it. I have a lot of guardians and eggun who walk with me. One, in particular, worked with the water and while she's very stoic whenever I'm near the water or listening to songs about the water I can feel her energy swell. I don't even know her name but it doesn't matter! She knows me and she's with me. This song randomly came on my Soundcloud a few weeks ago and after learning who Os Tincoas were and what this song was about I've made it my business to play it a few times a week. Sometimes, I sing loudly (in the streets, no less. I don't care who's watching!). Sometimes I hum to myself but mostly I just allow myself to feel the music. I've even challenged myself to sing along in Portuguese. There's something powerful about speaking in different tongues and allowing music and song to flow freely through you. My dear sister-friend TreZure Empire has taught me that much. 

Vou cantar pra Iemanjá. 
Dona das ondas do mar.
Aquele que em mim acreditar, venha comigo orar. 
Esse tema cheio de tristeza...(Iemanjá, yaô)
Feito pela própria natureza (Iê)

Oh, Jesus! Dê força e luz aos Orixás.
Oh, Jesus! Dê força e luz aos Orixás.

E,(Ie, Iemanjá, yaô) 
E me dê inspiração.
(Ie, Iemanjá, yaô) 
E alma pra esta canção.
(Ie,Iemanjá, yaô) 
Que trago no coração. 
(Ie, Iemanjá!) 

Translation: 

I'm going to sing to Iemanja
Owner of the waves of the sea
Whoever believes in me, come with me to pray.
This theme full of sadness ... (Iemanjá, yaô)
Made by nature itself (Iê)


Oh Jesus! Give strength and light to the Orixás
Oh Jesus! Give strength and light to the Orixás


E, (Ie, Iemanjá, yaô)
And give me inspiration
(Ie, Iemanjá, yaô)
And soul for this song
(Ie, Iemanjá, yaô)
That I hold in my heart
(Ie, Iemanja!)

 

You would think I'm a water sign the way I cry over this song! Between the melody, the lyrics, and Os Tincoas' voices; I just love this song so much. One day I hope to visit Brazil - the country with the largest number of African descendants outside of the continent of Africa. I'm almost certain that visiting will give me a feeling that I can't put into words. To my Brazilian sisters and brothers out there I see you! Thank you for your contribution to the preservation of our culture, songs, and spirituality. I can't wait to connect with you. 

How do you use music in your spiritual practice? What are some of your favorite songs? Leave a comment and share the wealth!

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