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By Jennifer Hollinshead

Resilience Playlist- 20 Songs to Dance, Sing, and Heal to

A round-up of our 2016 Resilience Report songs for your listening pleasure.

Resilience Playlist- 20 Songs to Dance, Sing, and Heal to
In our email Resilience Report, we include a song that is inspiring, motivating, catchy and most of all, celebrates resilience. Here is a round-up of our 2016 Resilience Report songs for your listening pleasure... and more importantly, sign up for the Resilience Report here!

#1: Sia- Alive

Want something you can dance/run/punch/sing along to? Here you go!
Alive, by Sia  Listen on Youtube

I was born in a thunderstorm
I grew up overnight
I played alone
I'm playing on my own
I survived

#2: Tina Turner- Better Be Good To Me

Oh Glorious Tina Turner. If someone's not treating you right, this song can help you feel empowered again. Also, it's GREAT to karaoke to (from what we've heard).
Better Be Good To Me, Tina Turner  Listen on Youtube

A prisoner of your love
Entangled in your web
Hot whispers in the night
I'm captured by your spell
Oh yes I'm touched by this show of emotion
Should I be fractured by your lack of devotion
Should I, Should I

#3: Snatam Kaur- Long Time Sun

Snatam Kaur was introduced to me at a Kundalini Yoga class and she has a unique ability to create hauntingly beautiful, chill-down-your-spine music to chill out to, meditate to, or yoga to. This song, "Long Time Sun" is played at the end of a Kundalini yoga class and will always put me in a peaceful, grateful, happy mood.  
Long Time Sun by Snatam Kaur  Listen on iTunes

May the long time sun
Shine upon you
All lovesurround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on

#4: Florence and the Machine- How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Becoming resilient means that overcoming dark times. Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine talks openly about her mental health and substance abuse, and in her last Vancouver concert she talked about seeing the world with wonder, like she has new eyes.

The song, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful reflects her resilience and ability to have hope and gratitude after a long period of suffering.

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful  Listen on iTunes
What are we gonna do?
We've opened the door, now it's all coming through
Tell me you see it too
We've opened our eyes and its changing the view

Oh, what are we gonna do?
We've opened the door, now its all coming through

How big, how blue, how beautiful
How big, how blue, how beautiful

Florence and the Machine's Website- They've got some amazing videos

#5: Alabama Shakes- Hold On

Brittany Howard is the lead singer and guitarist in Alabama Shakes, and she always gives her all on stage. Here's a Vanity Fair interview with Brittany talking about what makes her tick.

The song, Hold On is a great soundtrack for when you're going through something brutal and you just need to hold on and wait it out. (Listen on iTunes)

Bless my heart,
Bless my soul,
Didn't think I'd make it to twenty-two years old.
There must be someone up above saying
Come on Brittany,
You got to come on up,
You got to hold on.
Yeah you got to hold on.

Alabama Shakes Website (Great Videos)

#6: Bonnie Raitt- I Can't Make You Love Me

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt opens up about "falling apart" after an extremely hard time in her life. Her strength and vulnerability show in her rocking and hauntingly beautiful music.

The song, I Can't Make You Love Me is perfect for when you're feeling lonely and want to let yourself cry. Listen on itunes

Turn down the lights
Turn down the bed
Turn down these voices
Inside my head

Lay down with me
Tell me no lies
Just hold me close
Don't patronize

Bonnie Raitt's Website 

#7: Alanis Morissette- You Learn

Oh Alanis Morissette. Her album Jagged Little Pill was the soundtrack of so many girls becoming women. She's had ups and downs, but somehow always remained authentic and true to herself (at least it seems that way).

The song, You Learn might just get you back into another Alanis phase. You Learnwill definitely remind you that life is all about making mistakes and learning from them. Listen on itunes

I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone
I recommend walking around naked in your living room
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)
It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
Wait until the dust settles

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

On another note: Alanis's website is a TREASURE-TROVE of wellness information. Check it out, you'll be pleasantly surprised. 

#8: Billie Marten- Bird

Billie Marten is a 16 year old with an unbelievable voice and beautiful music. This song, Bird, is great for when you're feeling vulnerable and scared. Listen on iTunes.

She’s underwater again
Somebody’s daughter, a friend
In the night in the dark in the cold
As she walks far away

Nobody’s watching
Drowning in words so sweet
Mild is the water
Caught as a bird once free

I don’t mind

Here's Billie's Site. It's pretty cool. 

#9: Ellie Goulding- Anything Could Happen

Ellie Goulding's song "Anything Could Happen" is great for when you need some hope for the future. Maybe you're in a rut and need a reminder that something great could be right around the corner. Listen on iTunes.

Stripped to the waist
We fall into the river
Cover your eyes
So you don't know the secret
I've been trying to hide
We held our breath
To see our names are written
On the wreck of '86
That was the year
I knew the panic was over

Yes since we found out
Since we found out
That anything could happen
Anything could happen

Ellie's Website.

#10: Coldplay- Paradise

Coldplay's Paradise can magnify all the feels. Feeling sad? Listen to Paradise. Feeling happy? Paradise. Grateful? Paradise. Maybe not angry. If you're angry, the "ooooooo-ing" could probably get on your nerves. Listen on iTunes.

When she was just a girl
She expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
So she ran away in her sleep

And dreamed of para-para-paradise
Every time she closed her eyes

Coldplay's Site.

#11: JJ Heller- Loved

JJ Heller is a singer/songwriter who specializes in songs that will validate your pain (sometimes we need music to feel all the feelings). Her music is also upbeat and hopeful, and this unexpected combination can lead to extreme healing. This song, Loved, is about healing after an adverse childhood. Listen on iTunes.

Do you dream of a home you never had
An innocence that you cannot get back
The pain is real
You can't erase it
Sooner or later you have to face it down
You have to face it down

You are loved

Do you keep your thoughts inside your head
Will you regret the things you never said
You have a voice
You have to use it
You have a choice
Don't let them shut you down
Don't let them shut you down

You are loved

JJ Heller's Site.

#12: Wilson Phillips- Hold On

1) It's insanely catchy and has inspiring lyrics
2) It reminds us of the last scene in Bridesmaids and...
3) The styles in this 90s video are back in.
We hope you are able to crank this up and sing along wherever you are. Listen on iTunes.

I know there's pain
Why do lock yourself up in these chains?
No one can change your life except for you
Don't ever let anyone step all over you
Just open your heart and your mind
Is it really fair to feel this way inside?

Some day somebody's gonna make you want to
Turn around and say goodbye
Until then baby are you going to let them
Hold you down and make you cry
Don't you know?
Don't you know things can change
Things'll go your way
If you hold on for one more day
Can you hold on for one more day
Things'll go your way
Hold on for one more day

Wilson Phillips Facebook Page. 

#13: Alessia Cara- Scars to Your Beautiful

Alessia Cara's song, Scars to Your Beautiful reminds us that there are many different ways to feel beautiful inside and out. Listen on iTunes.

She just wants to be
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits
She craves attention, she praises an image
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
Oh, beautiful she don't see the light that's shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it
Maybe we have made her blind

So she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away
'Cause cover girls don't cry after their face is made
But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark
You should know you're beautiful just the way you are
And you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh
And you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful

Alessia Cara's Site.

#14: Ani DiFranco- 32 Flavours

Ani DiFranco is a force to be reckoned with, and an amazing artist. Her song 32 flavours is beautifully calm, yet catchy and has great lyrics. Listen on iTunes or click the video link above. 

squint your eyes and look closer
I'm not between you and your ambition
I am a poster girl with no poster
I am thirty-two flavours and then some
and I'm beyond your peripheral vision
so you might want to turn your head
cause someday you're going to get hungry
and eat most of the words you just said

Ani DiFranco's Site.

#15: Fleetwood Mac- Don't Stop

Have you ever listened to the lyrics in Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac? They were singing about mindfulness before it was cool. Or maybe they were the ones who made it cool... Either way, Listen on iTunes or click the video link above. Oh, and here's a great article about Stevie Nicks at Rolling Stone.

If you wake up and don't want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You'll see things in a different way.

Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don't stop, it'll soon be here,
It'll be, better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.

Stevie Nicks' Site.

#16: Dixie Chicks- Landslide

Seeing as last week's soundtrack was Stevie Nicks, this week we're featuring the song Landslide, but sung by the Dixie Chicks. This song is all about relationships and life changes. Listen on iTunes. 

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
'Til the landslide brought it down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin' ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I've been afraid of changin'
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older, too

Dixie Chicks' Site.

#17: MS MR- Painted

Ms Mr ((pronounced Miz Mister) are a New York-based American duo, consisting of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow. Their song "Painted" is not only upbeat and catchy, the inspiring lyrics are all about coming back from being "broken". Listen on iTunes.

What did you think would happen...
When you put me in unnatural space
A cruel dark box where a shadow took my place

But if you never break, you'll never know
It's all you need to fight a blow
Now put yourself back together again
Burning bridges from the inside-out
One day I'll be stronger than my own doubt
Stronger than my own doubt

MSMR site.

#18: Beatles- Let it Be

This is an oldie but a goodie about acceptance in the face of suffering. The Beatles Let it Be can help calm you down and remember to stop struggling and go with the flow. Listen on iTunes.

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken-hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

The Beatles Site.

#19: Bon Iver- Holocene

The song Holocene by Bon Iver is not only beautiful, but it's accompanied by one of the most stirringly emotional music videos I've seen. Listen on iTunes.

Someway, baby, it's part of me, apart from me
You're laying waste to Halloween
You fucked it friend, it's on its head, it struck the street
You're in Milwaukee, off your feet

And at once I knew I was not magnificent
Strayed above the highway aisle
Jagged vacance, thick with ice
And I could see for miles, miles, miles

Bon Iver's Site.

#20: Bomba Estere- Soy Yo

Bomba Estereo is a Columbian band that was voted "Best New Band in The World" in 2010... and since then they've been getting even better. This song/video "Soy Yo" made me happy in so many ways, especially after the election results. Soy Yo roughly translates into "I Am" (so google tells us) and this video is about a little girl fully owning her amazingness - listen on iTunes.

The lyrics below have been translated, just to give you an idea of the spirit of the song. It's pretty great.

I failed, I found myself, I lived it and
I went against the stream and I got lost
I fell down, stood up, rose up I learnt
When you fall harder, the deeper the beat

I keep dancing and writing my lyrics.
I keep singing with the doors open
Going through all these lands and not have to travel so far to find the answer

And don't you worry if they don't approve, when they criticize you just say
It's me
It's me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me

I keep on walking, keep on laughing
I do whatever I want and die trying
Nobody cares what I'm doing, the only thing that matters is what's on the inside
I like to be on the sand, bathing out in the sea without reason, without problem
Sitting down doing nothing, looking far away, and be relaxed

Bomba Estereo's Site.