Essential Music For The Soul
updated about 1 year ago
~NOT IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER; NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST~
It could be said that all music is essential listening, and while that is true, there are songs/albums/bands that stand above the rest. Prime examples of music as an art form. Reminders of why music is emotional, physical, and spiritual. They can be grand narratives that range from a broad variety of themes and/or metaphors, or they can be more understated and tell a personal story that's relatable and grounded. It can move you, evoke imagery, bring back memories of past experiences, or deconstruct or educate on a topic. Music is the aural art; its reaches are boundless, vast as the ocean or the sky. Whether it be to take a journey, hear a story, understand a topic more, or just to vibe to some background noise, music is an important part of culture. Music is the purest expression of the soul translated into sound.
I try to avoid albums everyone would say to listen to (e.g. Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Dark Side of The Moon, etc.), since they're already set in stone as centerpieces to the entire music medium. This list tries to focus on newer (1980-2010~) releases because not everyone may know of them or have thought to try them before. I, also, am more well-versed in modern music because, despite the fact that I love older music acts, I feel that essential bands like King Crimson, Talk Talk, David Bowie, etc. have been thoroughly discussed and showcased before. If you really want to know my thoughts on someone, just message me and, granted I've heard the band's music, I'll try to give essential releases.
While these albums are based on personal preference, I try to consider them outside of my personal experience and decide if they are albums I believe to be truly essential. They may not all be groundbreaking or innovative, because this is more so based on the emotional and spiritual aspect of the music, but these albums are ones I hold dear to my heart, and I hope you do too.