A Revue of Healing Through Music. . . for 2016 by Yael Korman

Dearly Beloved,

It’s been a difficult year, and our nerves are frayed.

I recommend self care by way of the Crystal Gayle and Eddie Rabbit duet “Just You and I” and other soothing early 80s/late 70s tender power ballads.

 

Have you heard Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton sing Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight,” and do you know all the words? Okay, then, “We’ve Got Tonight” as covered by Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton will work just fine.

 

My husband and I explain this world to our four-year-old son with as much honesty as we can manage because we know he sees and hears everything anyway. We give him coping mechanisms and space to respond, and we hope it will be enough. This morning our child woke up and suggested we listen to Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life.” I can’t decide if this means he is going to be okay in this new, grosser world, or if we need to course correct immediately.

 

Hold your loved ones and sing. Fortify. 2017 may be even more challenging.

Honorable mentions: the following recommendations were released just before and after that spineless post-Bread pop moment where the previous recommendations live but will help you achieve the same dreamy, analgesic effects if you sing along loudly enough.

Literally anything that came out of Karen Carpenter’s mouth duh (her brother gets zero credit always, and may god have mercy on his soul).

 

All Cried Out (I can only guarantee results with the Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam version).

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