Soul Food

Soul Food {September 2015}

September was full of good things, in my life and in my art/media intake. I’m excited to share some of these gems with you!


  • Daniela Andrade’s cover/mash-up of “Yellow Taxi/Back Home” by Joni Mitchell and Caribou. She just makes everything sound so lovely.
  • Tyler Ward’s cover of “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber. My slightly-guilty pleasure song, made beautiful.
  • Two Worlds, particularly their cover of “Not a Bad Thing.” I was slightly obsessed with them this month… and maybe had a liiiiittle crush on Nick Voelker.
  • Authentic Fiction. The artist-name of Jordan Watts, whom we lost two years ago. His music is such a gift to this world. I listen to it when I need to hear what he left for us to know. His BandPage plays in the background of my life often. Always missing you, Jordan. Thank you.
  • “Mockingbird” by Chase Coy. I woke up with it in my head on the first day of September, and it was so, so fitting. Changing seasons, trusting in the passing of time.
  • “Know That’s Right” by Andy Mineo. His new album just came out and I’M FREAKING OUT ABOUT IT, GUYS. My jaw dropped a few seconds into this song.
  • Pen Pals’ “Gold” ep. Oh… my soul felt a comforting embrace the first time I listened to this. Breathtaking. The more I listen, the more the lyrical depth touches me. Sample it and get it for yourself! My favorite from it might be “Away,” but the title track is incredible, too.
  • The Sleeping Beauty soundtrack. Because Tchaikovsky was a genius, and I’m a sucker for haunting choruses and nostalgia.
  • “The Dream Alive” by Vocal Few. I love everything they do. They inspire and encourage me, make me feel heard and like I have kindred.
  • Everything by Jon McLaughlin. I’ve admired him for years, and recently rediscovered some of my favorites of his. I also discovered more of his work for the first time. He is a gifted pianist and a thoughtful songwriter, and I’m thankful his music is part of my journey. “You Never Know” “I’ll Follow You” “If Only I” and “These Crazy Times” are my favorites from his “Promising Promises” album; and the entirety of his “Holding My Breath” album is incredible, but I’m obsessed with “Throw It on The Fire,” as well as “Hallelujah” “Oh Jesus” and “At Night.”

Movies/TV/YouTubetreasure planet

  • This vine by Thomas Sanders. Relatable. And this vine, also by Thomas Sanders, also relatable.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This film is a work of art. The animation, the music, the creativity… sigh. I love the experience of watching it.
  • The Amazing Spiderman 2. Heart-wrenching and exciting all at once. This portrayal of Peter Parker makes him one of my favorite people, period. I admire him and am endeared by him. [A bit of slightly gross action.]
  • “Lead Us Through the Fight” by Alex Currie. A short documentary made by a young man who toured with Tenth Avenue North. Seeing a glimpse of tour life, and the thoughts and feelings that come with it, was enlightening.
  • “Why Not Choose Kindness” by Tessa Violet. I heard a friend say once, “When you say ‘I’m just being honest,’ are you being honest by sharing the truth, or are you only being honest by sharing how you feel about the situation?” Both can be important. The latter is almost never necessary. This video reminded me of that and touched me greatly.
  • The Cimorelli sisters having a blast with a Taylor Swift cover. Their cover is actually very pretty, but the reason I put this here? Their dancing and their behind-the-scenes bloopers had me crying I was laughing so much! Sister interactions are so fun for me to see.
  • “The Crossroads of Should and Must” with Elle Luna on Soul Pancake. This spoke to me so deeply. I’ve met that crossroads a few times, and I’m learning. I’m making my way through the levels she spoke of. And hearing this was a boost to keep doing it.
  • “Saturday Morning Car-Tunez, Season 3” by Andy Mineo. Seeing the process of creating an album and growing as a person at the same time was fascinating for me.
  • Cinderella. The live action version Disney released this year is beautiful, visually and thematically. I loved it and was deeply touched (as you can read about here!).
  • Treasure Planet. It’s always been one of my favorite movies. Jim’s growth is beautiful to watch happen, but I love him from the beginning. Plus John Rzeznik wrote two songs for it and they are perfect.
  • “Why Giving is Better than Porn,” a TEDx Talk by Dave Erasmus. I was thinking a lot about giving and how much it matters in love, how big a piece it is of love. I then found this whilst exploring Dave’s poetry. So many good points in it. Lust takes; love gives.

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