5 CDs That Make Me Happier, Healthier, and Wiser

Music can take you to places you’ve been before and places you’d like to go to. I talked about my favorite soundtracks a few months ago. Those are Calgon moments

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Here are 5 of my all-time favorite CDs…


1. Purple Rain

One of the best soundtracks ever. The musical genius that is Prince Rogers Nelson made his acting debut in the 1984 film Purple Rain and showed a side of him that many had never seen. This CD wowed us with ballads and headbangers that are still played in clubs, households, and on iPods today. Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score. I know all the words to all of the songs. This is the album that I would want if I were stranded on a deserted island (with Wi-Fi) 🙂



2. The Preacher’s Wife

Another awesome soundtrack. Whitney Houston’s glorious voice lives on with this gospel CD. This genre of music was closest to her heart and it shines through whenever you hear, “I Love The Lord” accompanied by the Georgia Mass Choir. Her mother, Cissy Houston, gets me going with her rendition of “The Lord Is My Shepherd”. A few songs gave way to R&B to complement the film such as “My Heart Is Calling” and the remake of The Four Tops’ “I Believe In You And Me”. They were instant hits. It’s no wonder the album sold over 8 million copies worldwide with writers like Babyface, Annie Lennox, Kirk Franklin, and Diane Warren. But it is Whitney that embodies the soul of it all.



3. Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream 

I know this CD is current and not yet classic status, but I love every song on it. This unique singer’s sophomore album release is phenomenal. That’s not always typical of breakout artists. Soulful, romantic, contemporary. Love it!




4. City Of Angels

OK, last soundtrack on this list. I’ll never forget the first time I heard Sarah McLachlan sing “Angel”. I had not even seen the film yet and her voice took me to a place far, far away. When I finally did see the movie, I played the credits over and over, so I could grasp the words to Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited”. I am struck by the romance, tragedy, and bravery of the tale whenever I hear Peter Gabriel’s “I Grieve”. My favorite tracks are the instrumental ones by Gabriel Yared. And I visualize Meg Ryan’s character riding her bike so filled with love that she closes her eyes and surrenders everything to be in that moment. Classic.


5. Tupac’s All Eyez On Me (Explicit lyrics) 

Yesterday marked the 17th anniversary of Tupac’s death. Hubby, my then-boyfriend, turned me onto Tupac in 1996–the year he died. Sure I knew him from Digital Underground and his earlier works, but I wasn’t tuned in. Not until Hubby said, “You need to listen to this.” All Eyez On Me (a 2 CD set) was in the cassette player of my car on constant rotation during that fateful time. Yes, audio cassette.

I was mesmerized by his lyrics, his flow, and his bravado. I’ve often wondered what he would be doing now had he lived. Sadly, I feel like given his tenacity to be himself, he was certain to meet an early demise. I remember exactly where I was when I learned he had been shot and exactly where I was when I learned he succumbed to his injuries. I’m still amazed at the body of work he left behind that is still being released.

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What song stands out among your all-time favorite CDs? Which artist?
Are any of the 5 CDs I listed among your favorites?
Which type of music is your favorite?

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