I love hearing the perfect song at the perfect time as if it's the soundtrack for what I'm living. Over the years I've made up hundreds of songs that have worked like musical medicine to heal my heart and mind. But my favorite song to sing is the one that works for who I'm singing it for. So here's some songs organized by topic that might be just what the doctor ordered. Let's start with the most common ailment:
Heartbreak: (1) Winter at the Shore, (2) Language of the Heart, (3) Spin (4) Tattered Old Kite, or If you've had some time to heal, there are songs like: (5) Grateful For Her Beauty, and (6) Common as the Rain, that include forgiveness, and then (7) Start With the Ending when you need a sense of humor.
And if you have a more complex heartbreak (like you realize that all your relationships end the same way), then you need songs like: (8) Red Eye, and (9) Break in the Cup, and (10) That's What The Lonely Is For, (11) Distant Water. And if you should have seen it coming, (12) Rule #1 may be the song for you. If you did your best and you just need mercy, (13) Deeper Still and (14) The Reason.
If you just recently fell in love and you are certain it's the real thing, try the songs: (15) All my Life, (16) Forever Now, (17) Right On Time, or (18) The Hard Part, but if you are tentative and wondering: (19) Dangerous, (20) Hold It Up to the Light, (21) Block Dog, and (22) Farther to Fall.
If you just need a song that helps you appreciate the love you have (23) Kindness, (24) Not From Here, (25) How Did You Find Me Here. And for appreciating good sex, try: (26) After Your Orgasm, and (27) What you Whispered. By the way, if you need a song to celebrate the moment when you're at work and you smell the scent of you lover's sex on your hands, then the song for you is: (28) Wildberry Pie.
If you are not in a relationship now, but you feel blissful and unburdened about it: (29) Party Of One.
If you wish you could just forget what happened: (30) When You're Ready.
If you are too hurt to love or haven't let yourself feel much of anything lately, the songs: (31) Ask For More, (32) Prisoner of War, and (33) SAW are strong medicine, but they may serve.
Forgiveness, and working through conflict songs: (34) Start with the Ending, (35) Broken Places, (36) Good Together.
There are songs that have saved my life. They have been to the darkest places and shine a light through. So here's some songs that are Tools for getting out of Depression (37) Outside Door, (38) Inside my Head, (39) Down Inside Myself, and (40) Worst Enemy.
Getting free of Addiction: (41) Chet Baker's Unsung Swan Song, (42) Eye of the Hurricane, (43) Never Enough, (44) One Little Lie, (45) Strong Chemistry, and (46) Please Don't Call.
Seeing a friend fall into addiction: (47) Guilty Either Way, (48) On Your Way Back Down.
If you need Strength for getting through a shattering experience: (49) Show the Way, (50) If it Wasn't For the Night, (51) Perfect Storm, and (52) Rise and (53) Absolutely Clear.
If you need Inspiration for these economic hard times: (54) Dream Again, (55) All the Roots Grow Deeper When It's Dry, (56) Rusty Old American Dream.
To appreciate your beautiful quirky self: (57) Leave it Like it is, (58) Burgundy Heart-Shaped Medallion, (59) Not From Here, and (60) Captain Wanker.
To appreciate this wild world: (61) Apple a Day, (62) Modern World, (63) Waffle House, (64) In Plain View, (65) Roadside Art, (66) Reaper Sweepstakes, (67) Big Mistake.
For tough times, you need strong songs, so here's some songs that can bear you up after the loss of a loved one: (68) Everywhere, (69) Deeper Still, (70) Sunshine On the Land, (71) Western Ridge, (72) That's Why I'm Laughing, and (73) Vista, and (74) Jamie's Secret.
Sweet songs of life and death: (75) Open Hand, (76) Slipping Through My Fist, (77) Fall Away, (78) Farthest Shore, (79) Taste for the Last Time, (80) Some Things Never Change, and (81) Young Man Dies.
Enjoying the Bliss of This Moment: (82) Open Hand, (83) Step Into Your Skin, (84) Into One, (85) Trembling With Joy, and (86) Taste For The Last Time.
Here's some songs about breaking old boundaries and Outgrowing what held us back:
(87) Johnnie's Camaro, (88) Covert War, (89) Chain of Anger, (90) Someday Soon.
Stirrings and yearnings of the heart / The adventure of faith: That's What the Lonely is For, (91) Soul Song, (92) Do I Dare, (93) How Long, (94) No Telling Where, (95) Vow of Silence, (96) In This Stream, (97) The Crossings, (98) Breeze at Dawn, (99) Awake my Dear.
When you are feeling a Loss of Faith, here's some songs that can be there for you: (100) The Customer is Always Right, (101) If it Wasn't for the Night.
If you just have some Frustration with institutions of religion: (102) Good Man, (103) Piece of Me, (104) To Love, and (105) Fearless Love, (106) Out Of The Question, and (107) Jesus Ruins Christmas.
Here's one of my favorite catagories: Following our faith even if it leads outside the institutions of religion: (108) Native Tongue, (109) Beyond Belief, (110) Secret Church, (111) Out of the Question, (112) Out Beyond Ideas.
Songs for Peace: (113) Three Brothers, (114) No More Far Away.
Here's some fun songs about Kids and Parenting: (115) Great Big World, (116) This Old Car, (117) Radio Men, and (118) I Saw You First.
Here's some songs that have inspired me to a Life Well Lived: (119) River Run Dry, (120) Guitar Shopping, and (121) High Hill.