Besides people (of course), music is probably the most treasured thing to me. I just love it! Music speaks to me in ways I cannot express. It moves me (to tears often). I am in love with music! I could listen to music all day long, every day if I could. It may be hard to believe, but I really do enjoy all kinds. I can enjoy the beauty of classical, sacred choral, arias, and orchestral pieces as much as a well-written contemporary song. I guess you could say I like anything well-written and well-sung. Music is like another language. Sometimes it can convey thoughts or feelings I'm not sure how to express. Sometimes a line in a song just sums up how I feel. Ever watch an epic movie without the sound on? It's just not the same. Music just adds something. It stirs emotions. I can actually look back on my life and see a soundtrack for my growth/maturity. I've always been a "music mix" girl. I have mix tapes for my whole adolescence (yes, I mean tapes...back before CDs). It's really funny to see the progression of my taste, what I liked, and how I was feeling at the time. I don't know what I would do without music in my life. It is such a blessing to me!
I'm especially fond of female singer/songwriters and maybe this matches my personality, but I am always on the look out for a good ballad. I enjoy JEWEL and SARAH MCLACHLAN, but the following three albums are in my top 5 list. Maybe you'll want to give them a try, too?
I highly recommend "Fireflies and Songs" by Sara Groves. She is deep and poetic, but her songs hold so much truth in them that anytime I get to listen to them something new speaks to me.
One of my top 5 Worship albums is Kari Jobe's self-titled album. When I just want to escape my own thoughts for a while, whether I'm driving myself to a meeting/practice or doing the dishes, this album is simple, beautiful worship.
Like Sara Groves' album, "Brave" by Nichole Nordeman is one of my all-time favorites. If you're interested in this album, see if you can find the SPECIAL EDITION version which gives you some especially lovely bonus tracks. I just love when I can identify with the lyrics in a song and I found that to be true for many of the lyrics on this album.
Do you have a favorite album/artist that really speaks to you? Please share...