It’s a time for reflection, forgiveness and self-improvement. With our weeks filled with deadlines, to-do lists and texts we forgot to return, Yom Kippur provides a much needed time to think about our relationships, behaviors and ultimate purpose — hopefully leading to a happier, more fulfilled life.
But while reflection comes easily to some, the activity can be challenging for others. Let’s face it: it’s much easier to check out the latest Twitter drama than to turn our phones off and reflect. It starts with putting yourself in an environment that’s conducive to engaging in meaningful thought. What better way to get in the Repenting ZoneTM than with music?
Sure, we all like music. Asking someone if they like music is like asking if they like Cap’n Crunch — the answer is obviously yes. Based on what happens at bars, I truly believe that we can achieve world peace by playing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” over a gigantic speaker so the whole world could hear.
But music has more practical purposes we often don’t think about. Music is proven to help moods, reduce stress and more easily recall past memories. It can be used as a tool to get a desired response. Just like you’d use a wrench to tighten a…something (everything I own is IKEA). This is one reason why we’ve seen such success with Music Therapy.
I’m not saying that listening to Jimi Hendrix will help you not be an asshole anymore, but it might create a space for you where you’re able to at least think about not being an asshole. And that’s…good?
So hide the carbs and grab your headphones. Here is your official 2018 Yom Kippur playlist. Reflect responsibility.
I Write Sins Not Tragedies — Panic! At The Disco
Apologize — Timbaland
Sorry, Blame It On Me — Akon
I’m Only Sleeping — The Beatles
Sorry — Justin Bieber
Let’s Stay Together — Al Green
Start Today — Fall Out Boy
A Change is Gonna Come — Sam Cooke
Homecoming — Kanye West
Hungry Heart — Bruce Springsteen
I Pray — Soulja boy
Living On A Prayer — Bon Jovi
My Stupid Mouth — John Mayer
Ms. Jackson — Outkast
Work From Home — Fifth Harmony
Tired — LCD Soundsystem
If I Could Turn Back Time — Cher
I Want You Back — Jackson 5
Whatcha Say — Jason Derulo
What songs did we miss? What are you listening to? Be sure to reply or comment!
This story "Yom Kippur Playlist" was written by Jon Savitt.