Music and Inspiration Inside

For chaplains meeting by Zoom with county jail inmates, here are some music selections and inspiring talks that may fit in well with your presentations.

Inspiring Talks and Poetry

Source / CreatorTitleURL / LinkNotes
Denice Frohman Denice Frohman – Accents (poetry performance) – 2 min. 21 sec. performance about family and language (2013)
Fearless SoulA Powerful Story About Anger and Letting Go (The Snake and Saw Story) – 4 min. 7 sec. motivational video (2020)
Fred Luskin (Greater Good Science Center)The Choice to Forgive – 3 min. 21 sec. stage presentation (2010)
FreddyFriMotivation – Freddy FriInner Conflict Struggle | Daily Motivation Dose (“Winsday”) – 5 min. 48 sec. motivational video (2019)
Taylor Mali“Like Lilly Like Wilson” (poetry performance) – 2 min. 45 sec. performs his poem about student changing her mind (2008)
Oprah Winfrey Network – Super Soul Sunday (OWN)The Best Advice Dr. Maya Angelou Has Ever Given—and Received – 4 min. 1 sec. of larger Oprah Episode 416 (2013)
Oprah Winfrey Network – Super Soul Sunday (OWN)3 Boundaries You Must Set in Every Relationship – 2 min. 40 sec. of Oprah Episode (2017)
RadianceonewayTwo Wolves – 2 min. 22 sec. of an old story (2008)
TED Talks Global“The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 18 min. 20 sec. novelist on cultural assumptions (2009)
TED Talks “My 12 Pairs of Legs” by Aimee Mullins – 9 min. 45 sec. model and athlete talks about her life (2009)
TEDx Chula Vista – TEDx Talks“I Talk to Myself!” by Evan Garcia – 5 min. 33 sec. year old boy on negative self-talk (2018)
TED Talks Education“Every Kid Needs a Champion” by Rita Pierson – 7 min. 35 sec. talks about relationships that make a difference (2013)
TEDx Talks – MuncyStatePrison“I’m a Woman First” by Tiffany Williams – 6 min. 27 sec. female inmate talk and song (2014)
TED NYC“The danger of silence” by Clint Smith – 4 min. 9 sec. performs poem about writing, racism, and the obligation to speak up (2014)
TEDx Talks – TEDx Perryville Correctional “Removing Labels” by Dominique Goodmond – 9 min. 36 sec. female inmate talk (2018)
TEDx San Quentin – TEDs Talks“My daughter, my hero” by Sam W. Johnson, Sr. – 7 min. 44 sec. Quentin male inmate talk – inc. descriptions of family violence (2017)
Trent Shelton“You Don’t Have to Be Perfect” – 3 min. 40 sec. talk by NFL football player (2021)
Trent Shelton“Five Things You Need to Quit” – 4 min. 21 sec. talk by NFL football player (2019)

Inspiring Music – Some With Lyrics

Musician(s)TitleURL / LinkNotesShows Lyrics?
Aloe BlaccBelieve only – Movie song, from “The Rescue” (2021)
Jon BatisteWhat a Wonderful World music video set in London (2019)no
Bay Area BlessingChurches sing ‘The Blessing’ over the San Francisco Bay Area of church singers (2020)no (lyrics are in the comments)
Michael BoltonLean On Me – Michael Bolton (lyrics) HD music video (2015)yes
BlancaGreater is He (Official Video) music video (2015)no
Boney M.Boney M Rivers of Babylon Lyrics HQ music video (1979)yes

Boston Children’s Chorus
Let Your Light Shine with Keb’ Mo’ | Virtual Choir | BCC Online of children singing (2020)no
Alex BoyeWe All Bleed the Same (Healing America Edition) music and dance video (2016)no
Alex BoyeLittle Drummer Boy (African Tribal Version) music and dance video (2015)no
The ByrdsTurn! Turn! Turn! (Lyrics) – The Byrds on pictures of nature and children (music from 1965)yes
Julie CadrainCantor Julia Cadrain: Sanctuary (Shaker Hymn) performance video – in a synagogue (2015)no
Jeremy CampI Still Believe Christian, Commercial music video (2009)no
Canto CatólicoPescador de Hombres music video (2018)yes
Casting CrownsWhat If I Gave Everything – Casting Crowns – with Lyrics music video (2016)yes
Casting CrownsPraise You in this Storm – with Lyrics music video by alwaysandforeverfree (2009)yes
Leonard CohenHallelujah (Live In London) performance video (2009)no
CommittedLift Every Voice capella – Live performance video (2015)no
CrowderForgiven music video – more Christian, prison images (2017)no
Lauren DaigleYou Say (Official Music Video) music video (2018)no
Lauren DaigleLook Up Child performance video (2018)no
Mike DoneheyUnity Hymn (Official Music Video) commercial music with lyrics (2022)yes
Elevation WorshipCall Upon the Lord – Live Christian, commercial music video (2016)no
Danny GokeyTell Your Heart to Beat Again music video (2016)no
Samm HenshawChurch (Official Video) ft. Earthgang music video (2019)no
King & CountryTogether music video (2020)no
KutlessWhat Faith Can Do (Official Music Video) music video (2010)no
Li Chengyu & Tan Zhiyun (CGTN)You Raise Me Up year old boy and 7 year old girl in Chinese talent show (2018)no
Steph MacleodBe Thou My Vision | Celtic Worship ft. Steph Macleod performance video – Celtic with instruments – in a home (2019)no
Steph MacleodStill Waters music and dance video (2020)yes
MercyMeFlawless (Official Music Video) Christian, Commercial music video (2105)no
MercyMeI Can Only Imagine (Official Music Video) music video – more Christian (2010)no
NYC Virtual Choir and OrchestraHow Can I Keep from Singing? of adults singing and playing instruments (2020)no
Barak ObamaPresident Obama sings Amazing Grace (C-SPAN) performance video – at the funeral for South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney (2015)no
PentatonixAmazing Grace – Pentatonix a capella – Commercial music video (2020)no
Rend CollectiveMy Lighthouse (Official Video) Christian, commercial music video (2015)no
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Hymn 405 – All Things Bright and Beautiful (St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church) church hymn – one singer (2020)no
St. Andrew’s Episcopal ChurchJesus, Remember Me – Taizé – St Andrew’s Folk Group Christian, Traditional church hymn – by choir (2020)no
Rina Sawayama & Elton JohnChosen Family (Performance Lyric Video) music video (2021)yes
Michael W. SmithHere I Am to Worship Christian, commercial music video by MrSteffy97 (2013)yes
Spirit JuiceJesus Remember Me Taize with guitar (2018)yes
Chris TomlinHow Great is Our God (Lyrics and Chords) Christian, commercial music video with lyrics (2014)yes
TrinityFiesta Celestial Franciscan monks and nuns dance and sing (2020)no
We are Messengers Love music and dance video (2019)no
White Horse Guitar ClubI’ll Fly Away video (2017)
Wicked – Kristin Chenoweth & Idina MenzelFor Good on black background (2003)yes
Phil WickhamThis is Amazing Grace (Official Music Video) Christian, commercial music video (2013)no
Josh WilsonRevolutionary (Official Lyric Video) music video (2020)yes

Thanks to Mandy for her gift of the black and white photo of an old jail window. Thanks to Cathy for so many songs!

Last update: 9 January 2023

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