Music to Recover By

The word “recovery” is typically used to apply to those in a program designed to stop them from using alcohol and other addictive drugs.  I use the word “recovery” in a related but broader sense in my blog.  For me it means, ” 1. a return to a normal state of health, mind or strength. 2. the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.”  For me recovery is, essentially, about regaining, claiming or reclaiming one’s identity.  I am recovering from (and overcoming) trauma and abuse I experienced in my childhood.  I am also sober.

Art is related to recovery because art is about claiming and reclaiming identity.  Below is a small sample of art in the form of music that speaks to me in recovery (I’m planning to add more!).  Included are links to the music and relevant blog posts (where applicable).

Music Blog Post
Freedom (Richie Havens)
Summertime (Janis Joplin) Not So Quick Thoughts (Writing the Body)
A Cold Road (Danny Michel) A Cold Road: Danny Michel
Feeling Good (Lauryn Hill) Musical Interlude: Oneness and Feeling Good
Peace of Mind (Mindy Smith) I Am Not a Sinner (But Please Forgive Me Anyway)