I created a play list for clients wanting a lift. It’s a very subjective exercise, and one you may wish to do for yourself. However, I thought I’d explain a little of why I included the songs I did.

I would be the first to say that everyone’s taste is a subjective thing, and that building a list of songs to lift a person is not going to work for all. I have put together a short playlist for clients drawing on a few things, which you may find interesting.

First of all most clients of Vancouver Hypnotherapy Inc have traveled. The first song in the list includes beautiful images from the world over and is inspirational at many levels. Matt Hardings brilliantly simple concept was sponsored by Stride gum in a highly original project that has since echoed around the globe and appeals to all cultures. I am always stunned by how many places our clients have traveled. I have a personal theory that, like most large mammals you humans are migratory. Some more than others actually need to travel. Some more than others. Not doing so stifles us and in some cases results in depression. Just a personal idea.

The second in the list (which I know may change over time) is Manfred Mann’s iconic song The Mighty Quinn. This has always been a great song, but it’s the execution that makes this one so great. This is a part of a European series of concerts featuring different artists every performance. Hidden away within this performance are a wealth of other songs, all of which are remarkable in their own way. So, it inspires me to think if you’re going to do something that’s been done before, not only do it well – do it amazingly – and add bells and whistles and have a lot of fun as you do so.

The third song is Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu. This is an inspirational song with a remarkable story behind it. Christopher Tin is an Asian America, who created an adaptation of the Christian Lord’s Prayer, in Swahili – sung by a Zulu choir, for a video game (Civilization – nice idea if you can find it) – one performance of which took place in Dubai at The Dubai Fountain, in the UAE. Now, if you can find a better example of international heritage within 3 minutes of music I am really curious to hear about it. The words of the prayer, delivered in the most magical of languages, by the rich Zulu voices are a winning combination. The visuals, from the game Civilization are very special in their own way. They are a collage of human development that remind us all that we are just cogs – each one essential – in the greater machine of our unwinding history.

The song Shout, by Tears For Fears captures the frustration of 3 million unemployed in Thatchers Britain of the 1980’s. For anyone who experienced the uncertainty of this time (Q:What do you want to be when you grow up? A:Employed!) the need to find resourceful answers, while walking a line between the feelings the pride of the Falklands War, and the misery of the Train Spotting drug culture, this song encapsulated the struggles of the moment. It has since become something of an anthem of hope for many.

It’s All Been Done Before by BNL reminds us that there’s nothing new. From the stories of Shakespear to Pokemon, it really has all been done before. The pain of breakup, the frustration of career woes and the sense of hurt and betrayal we are sure to feel at times in life – inspite of how it feels, likely someone somewhere has felt all those feels before, and survived. It’s all a learning process and rite of passage in the making of who you are.

When the song Go West was released by The Pet Shop Boys the Soviet Union was falling. It was a cover version of the Village People single, however it came at a moment in history which was filled with a euphoric sense of change. As the wall fell and new freedoms were moving East ideas of Utopian futures were abundant. There’s an innocence in the delivery that has a unique optimism. The Pet Shop Boys version included an additional verse:

There where the air is free
we’ll be what we want to be
Now if we make a stand
we’ll find our promised land

Which reflects the hope for the former Soviet republics. There’s an irony in this in that no one could have envisioned the backward steps Putin would impose on Russia and the neighboring states. Regardless, the song reflects a time of great change and hope for the future.

When I’m Up I can’t get down. Just a lot of fun.

Mango Groove – Special Star. As Apartheid crumbled and black and white began to mingle in South Africa, they did so to the sound of Mango Groove. I met Claire, the lead singer, in Johannesburg and loved her energy. She reflected the same desire for change that so many white, as well as black south Africans shared. In her remarkable song, Special Star, she does what she is so good at, fusing the pop flavor of the moment with the township jazz that is so unique to Jo’burg and Cape Town.

Take 5 – Satchel Jazz ensemble. I remember, when I was 10, my music teacher – Bob Barsby – at the boarding school I was incarcerated in, excitedly running into class and telling us to shut up and sit down. “You have to hear this!”

He was so excited you could fry an egg on him. He then put Dark Side Of The Moon on a turntable and told us that this album will change history. That was just after Easter 1973. I remember it because I still had a few pieces of chocolate hidden in my school bag and surreptitiously snacked on it as we listened awestruck. We heard a sound that did end up changing the musical history of the Twentieth Century. So you may wonder, what has this to do wtih Satchel Jazz Ensemble?

Well, Bob encouraged us to look at music in an eclectic way. Look for something deeper than the immediacy of the sound. When I heard this piece of music, in 2015, the first thing I did was send him a copy.

Yes, I am still in touch with the extraordinary teacher who has been so important to me. Pakistani flutist Baqir Abbas  takes the popular American jazz anthem and reworks it. Now, stay with me here… He lives in an oppressive culture and along with the members of the ensemble bridges cultures in a manner that delivers hope for the future. Having lost many friends to Islamic extremism, the ensemble bring the very best of diverse cultures into a single sound that crosses all cultures in a magical way. I now realise that my teacher, Bob, was teaching me more than just music. He was teaching me about life. He just happened to use music as the medium.

His passion for the universal language of music shaped much of what I was to do and still does.

Living On A prayer – hell, aren’t we all. You just have to love Bon Jovi.

On Broadway. George Benson is remarkable in many ways. Sure he has a heap of talent, and plays a neat guitar, but there’s more to it than that. He’s succeeded so well because he has a titanic work ethic. While there are some people with the deluded idea that firtune delivers success in your lap through luck, the truth is it’s about hard work. I particularly like the sentiment of this song, as it reminds us that even in the most glamorous of locations, success is the result of work, not play. By the way, Benson’s first paid gig was at the age of 7.

So, there’s our pick me up playlist. I hope it’s something you enjoy.


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