A Soundtrack to Self-Love

It’s been said that music possesses a supernatural power to heal,  alleviate pains and usher in relaxation and calm. As we all seek to focus that little bit more on self-care, it only seems right that we put together a playlist, specially curated for quarantine.

We urge you to really pause and listen to their words.  May their lyrics bring you that much further on your journey to fully loving self and may their rhythms soothe you through this season.

  1. Confidently Lost - Sabrina Claudio

I'm alone but I'm not lonely
Comfortably indulging
And trying to get to know me
I'm just an outline of what I used to be
Constantly evolving
Steadily revolving

2. I Found My Smile Again – D’angelo

3. Get Up – Amel Larrieux

Illustration by Sofia Doudine

Illustration by Sofia Doudine

4. Video – India Arie

Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don't
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won't
Depend of how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul

I'm not the average girl from your video
And I ain't built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen

When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it's suppose to be
And I know my creator didn't make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I'm loving what I see

5. Time’s A Wastin – Erykah Badu

6. Get It Together – India Arie

7.  I Ain’t Movin – Desr’ree

'cause I ain't movin' from my face,
from my race, from my history
I ain't movin' from my love,
my peaceful dove, it means too much to me
Loving self can be so hard
Honesty can be demanding
Learn to love yourself,
it's a great, great feeling

8. Keep Your Head Up – Tupac

Illustration by Sofia Doudine

Illustration by Sofia Doudine

9. Blessed - Jill Scott

I woke up in the morning feeling fresh to death
I'm so blessed, yes yes
I went to sleep stressed, woke up refreshed
I'm so blessed, yeah yes
Water in my face and everything is in it's place
Peace of mind even my grace
I'm so blessed, yes yes yes

10. Stay Tru - Mereba

11. They Say So Much – Terry Walker

12. Spotless Mind – Jhene Aiko

Shame on me for changing?
Shame on you for staying the same

I'm a wanderer

13.  The Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston

Because the greatest
Love of all is happening to me
I found the greatest
Love of all inside of me

The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

Illustration by Sofia Doudine

Illustration by Sofia Doudine

14. Just Fine – Mary J. Blige

Feels so good, when you're doing all the things that you want to do
Get the best out of life, treat yourself to something new
Keep your head high
In yourself, believe in you,

 …

So I like what I see when I'm looking at me
When I'm walking past the mirror
No stress through the night, at a time in my life
Ain't worried about if you feel it
Got my head on straight, I got my mind right
I ain't gonna let you kill it
See I wouldn't change my life, my life's just fine

15. I Am Light – India Arie

I'm not the mistakes that I have made or any of the things that caused me pain
I am not the pieces of the dream I left behind

I am light, I am light

 16. Liberation – Outkast

17. That’s Alright – Laura Mvula

I will never be what you want and that's alright
'Cause my skin ain't light and my body ain't tight
And that's alright
But if I might, I must stand and fight

 18. Diamonds – Laura Mvula

19.  Phenomenal Woman – Laura Mvula

It don't matter what people say
Cause they don't know you, where you come from or where you're going
You are phenomenal woman
You are phenomenal, phenomenal!

20. Optimistic – Sounds of Blackness

 No matter how hard reality seems
Just hold on to your dreams

Don't give up and don't give in
Although it seems you never win…

You can win as long as you keep your head to the sky
Be optimistic

21. Slum Beautiful - Outkast

22.  Black Gold – Esperanza Spalding

23. You Gotta Be – Des’ree

24. Holy – Jamila Wood

Woke up this morning with my mind set on loving me
With my mind set on loving me

I'm not lonely, I'm alone
And I'm holy by my own
I'm not lonely, I'm alone
And I'm holy by my own

 …

My cup is full up, what I got is enough
Nobody completes me, don't mess with my love
Surely, surely, surely, surely goodness and mercy

25. Afro Blue – Robert Glasper ft. Erykah Badu

Illustration by Sofia Doudine

Illustration by Sofia Doudine

26. Bag Lady – Erykah Badu

One day all them bags gon' get in your way
I said one day all them bags gon' get in your way
One day all them bags gon' get in your way, so pack light,
Pack light, mm, pack light, pack light, oh ooh…

Bet ya love can make it better
Bag lady, let it go let it go let it go let it go oh
Yeah you don't need it

27. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

28. Sista Soul – Bilal

29. Young, Gifted & Black - Nina Simone

30. Masterpiece (Mona Lisa) – Jazmine Sullivan

Every part of me is beautiful
And I finally see I'm a work of art
A masterpiece

Who is this I've tried so long fight?
Filling my heads with lies that I'm not good enough
Then I heard something in my ear
Tell I'm perfect, now that I know the truth
Time to show and prove

Thirty songs, to lift you, to encourage you, to challenge you, to heal you. You can win child, as long as you keep your head to the sky!

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