So, you know I’ve been working out this sorrow so you’ve probably popped over to the Urban Fiction site to see if we’ve put up any “new works” snippets. Hehehe, I’ll just let you wonder and check out the music!
Catharsis songs are songs that help you release emotion. There’s a trick to singing
catharsis songs though:
- You have to actually be willing to release the pain, sorrow, anger otherwise you’re not only wallowing in it but you are calling more of the same to you.
- Put the feelings in your heart and sing it from there (forget singing in tune or time or putting vocal frills on it – just sing it like you mean it – like you wrote it).
Songs either release emotion or call it in. There’s more on this in the UF Blog.
Here’s some catharsis songs I’ve used. Sing ’em full out, be the freakin rock star. (Again, shut the windows so you don’t make the neighbors cry!). The following evoke different feelings to be released; some make me stomp and rant, others make me cry:
- My favorite is a Lakota song that’s more of a wail. I’ve been out in the wilderness and really gave the moon a piece of my mind with it. I’ve also sung it with the rocking and moaning technique. If you’re in one of my work shops or at a UF gig, ask me about it and I’ll teach it to you.
- I Will Survive
- You Oughta Know
- Piece of My Heart
- Goodbye to You
- I Will Remember You
- Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
- Crazy Baby (Joan Osborne)
Leave a comment with your favorite catharsis songs.
Next time: Once you release the crappy feelings…then what?