“Music has always been a source of hope in the most difficult seasons of life. It possesses that strange quality to make mosaics out of even the most broken places and emotions. As we face this pandemic as a world community, I pray this music fills your heart and gives you quiet hope from home.” — Marie Miller
The Collection – “Becoming My Own Home”
I remember the first time I heard this whole album, and I honestly gasped in joy! This song is about finding home within yourself. I think it speaks to this time as many of us are reconnecting with ourselves in our homes.
Brandi Carlile – “The Mother”
We have all lost something in this pandemic, but we haven’t lost who we are. Brandi Carlile I will love you forever.
Marie Miller – “Little Dreams”
I’m going to be super awkward and put myself on here for two reasons. 1. This song is about believing in your dream when EVERYTHING is falling apart. 2. I just want to be near Brandi in any way I can.
Lowland Hum – “I Will”
I can’t count how many nights I have looked at the sky and listened to this with wonder at the dark sky and bright stars. It just makes me feel like we are going to be OK.
Kelly Hunt – “Across the Great Divide”
Speaking of soothing music, Kelly Hunt makes truly lovely and peaceful music. Also I have yet to meet her, but I imagine she would be the kindest person in the world.
Punch Brothers – “Soon or Never”
I don’t think I will ever get tired of this song. It’s almost hauntingly beautiful. It breaks my heart, but puts it back together before the end of the song.
Joy Williams – “Front Porch”
Going with theme, I feel like I am at the front porch of forgiving myself and loving myself and that’s still home even if its not quite inside. “The light is on. Whatcha waiting for?”
Josh Ritter – “Change of Time”
As we all let go of what we thought this year would be, I am allowing Josh Ritter to serenade me and remind me all will be well.
Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal”
The first time I heard this song I was in love with this boy, and I felt like he might like me. I don’t know that boy anymore, but I feel that hope every time I hear it.
Robby Hecht and Caroline Spence – “I’ll Keep You”
I think Robby Hecht could fill any heart with hope. This song is about keeping things that matter, and I think it’s a great song for today.
The Wailin’ Jennys – “Glory Bound”
This song is about heaven, and the Wailin’ Jennys sing like angels. It would be hard to find something more hopeful and beautiful.
Michelle Mandico – “1,000 Feet”
The world needs to braver and kinder than its ever before to make beauty out of this sorrow. I believe we are far kinder and braver than we know. This song reminds us of just that.