As terrible stories come on the news every day documenting horrific crimes and things that break your heart, your sense that you don’t belong to this world strengthens more and more. You are an old soul, one that believes that there’s more to life than this existing plane we live on. You feel it in everything you do, from the way you interact with others to the music you listen to — which in itself is a magical thing. How can the music you listen to help you feel more in touch with the spirit living inside of you?
1. Native Chants
The Starchild in you finds these haunting hymns the very soundtrack of your soul. The chants and songs of the Old People are some of the most ancient forms of music that still exist today, piercing into humanity’s very fiber and opening the heart to the whispering wisdom of our ancestors. Some beautiful, spine-tingling varieties include cultures like:
Native American tribes
Monks or priests from any religion
2. Celtic Hymnals
The lilt of Gaeilge, or the native Irish language, can reach pitches and harmonies that most others could only hope to achieve. Between the sweet, steady voices of an Irish women’s choir or background instrumental from the Emerald Isle, Celtic music speaks to the wild, rugged part of you that feels at home in open meadows and misty mountainsides.
If you’re unsure where to begin looking for this genre, YouTube is a fantastic resource. There are hundreds of playlists that play quiet, peaceful music like this on a loop to help you build your library of favorites.
3. Sounds of Nature
Sometimes nature is the best background music of all. Even if you don’t live in the middle of a serene lake setting, at least you can feel like you do by finding soundscapes of natural sounds that you love. Some common ones that most people enjoy might be:
Falling rain and splashing water
The beach tide rolling in
A babbling brook or stream
4. Postwar Pleasures
It would seem like one of these things is not like the other, but as humanity evolves so does its art. After the massive body count that World War II left behind, it’s plausible to consider that your spirit might still live on from that era. The 50s were an exciting, prosperous time in America that was built on such a sad and deadly prelude. Let your soul soak in the joy and starry eyes of the decade. Some of the music that you probably find yourself humming include 50’s musicians such as:
The Rat Pack (Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra)
Swingin’ jazz music like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Power couple Johnny and June Carter Cash
5. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal
If you think that heavy metal is nothing but noise, don’t be deceived. Artists producing music that sounds like screaming are often broken and hurting, struggling to put themselves back together. All humans can identify with this concept. Pain-filled lyrics paired with a voice that is trying so hard to convey those feelings — it is definitely more than “just noise” when you listen to hard rock and heavy metal. If you find yourself drawn to music that makes you feel as though you’re putting the pieces of your life in order, your soul has a reason for it.
Understanding your place in the universe is a neverending goal, and the world can be a frightening and ugly place sometimes. If you feel like your soul is bleeding in a world that you simply don’t understand, finding the right music to put it at ease is one of the best and easiest forms of medicine you can try. Whatever kind of music speaks to your soul is the kind that you should be listening to, whether it’s clanging drums and screaming or quiet, contemplative soundscapes.