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.https://youtu.be/qtOXiNx4jgQPoem performance about family and language (2013)
Fearless SoulA Powerful Story About Anger and Letting Go (The Snake and Saw Story) – 4 min. 7 sec.https://youtu.be/UwHhxeaSSRMAnimated motivational video (2020)
Fred Luskin (Greater Good Science Center)The Choice to Forgive – 3 min. 21 sec.https://youtu.be/_1ri-lrIswkSolo stage presentation (2010)
FreddyFriMotivation – Freddy FriInner Conflict Struggle | Daily Motivation Dose (“Winsday”) – 5 min. 48 sec.https://youtu.be/pmNNijFNMsUCommercial motivational video (2019)
Taylor Mali“Like Lilly Like Wilson” (poetry performance) – 2 min. 45 sec.https://youtu.be/tshNfYWPlDgTeacher 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.https://youtu.be/aHvTWvKIPHoPart 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.https://youtu.be/sUpZgwLQvSMPart of Oprah Episode (2017)
RadianceonewayTwo Wolves – 2 min. 22 sec.https://youtu.be/s1Mb9tsnYLUReenactment of an old story (2008)
TED Talks Global“The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 18 min. 20 sec.https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_storyNigerian novelist on cultural assumptions (2009)
TED Talks “My 12 Pairs of Legs” by Aimee Mullins – 9 min. 45 sec.https://www.ted.com/talks/aimee_mullins_my_12_pairs_of_legsDisabled model and athlete talks about her life (2009)
TEDx Chula Vista – TEDx Talks“I Talk to Myself!” by Evan Garcia – 5 min. 33 sec.https://youtu.be/MmL12eeVEPU12 year old boy on negative self-talk (2018)
TED Talks Education“Every Kid Needs a Champion” by Rita Pierson – 7 min. 35 sec.https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_championTeacher talks about relationships that make a difference (2013)
TEDx Talks – MuncyStatePrison“I’m a Woman First” by Tiffany Williams – 6 min. 27 sec.https://youtu.be/EaQvM6GjUDAMuncy female inmate talk and song (2014)
TED NYC“The danger of silence” by Clint Smith – 4 min. 9 sec.https://www.ted.com/talks/clint_smith_the_danger_of_silenceTeacher 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.https://youtu.be/6Y5nL2RSvLAPerryville female inmate talk (2018)
TEDx San Quentin – TEDs Talks“My daughter, my hero” by Sam W. Johnson, Sr. – 7 min. 44 sec.https://youtu.be/SZSc5UC_ZS0San Quentin male inmate talk – inc. descriptions of family violence (2017)
Trent Shelton“You Don’t Have to Be Perfect” – 3 min. 40 sec.https://youtu.be/Xg2mB3g-Ru4Motivational talk by NFL football player (2021)
Trent Shelton“Five Things You Need to Quit” – 4 min. 21 sec.https://youtu.be/B6zMC7aBjnUMotivational talk by NFL football player (2019)

Inspiring Music – Some With Lyrics

Musician(s)TitleURL / LinkNotesShows Lyrics?
Jon BatisteWhat a Wonderful Worldhttps://youtu.be/9542BuRJq6kCommercial music video set in London (2019)no
Bay Area BlessingChurches sing ‘The Blessing’ over the San Francisco Bay Areahttps://youtu.be/hLPDcqwdctoComposite of church singers (2020)no (lyrics are in the comments)
Michael BoltonLean On Me – Michael Bolton (lyrics) HDhttps://youtu.be/Z_UN68JfvYYCommercial music video (2015)yes
BlancaGreater is He (Official Video)https://youtu.be/fht61vcBeIwCommercial music video (2015)no
Boney M.Boney M Rivers of Babylon Lyrics HQhttps://youtu.be/vz6LRBLPKSMCommercial music video (1979)yes

Boston Children’s Chorus
Let Your Light Shine with Keb’ Mo’ | Virtual Choir | BCC Onlinehttps://youtu.be/QTCNPZEsLF0Composite of children singing (2020)no
Alex BoyeWe All Bleed the Same (Healing America Edition)https://youtu.be/at5NcbvDKLcCommercial music and dance video (2016)no
Alex BoyeLittle Drummer Boy (African Tribal Version)https://youtu.be/a0mT-zNxRMwCommercial music and dance video (2015)no
The ByrdsTurn! Turn! Turn! (Lyrics) – The Byrdshttps://youtu.be/pKP4cfU28vMLyrics on pictures of nature and children (music from 1965)yes
Julie CadrainCantor Julia Cadrain: Sanctuary (Shaker Hymn)https://youtu.be/2W_XxCh2b30Live performance video – in a synagogue (2015)no
Jeremy CampI Still Believehttps://youtu.be/5FMmxKM5Wj0More Christian, Commercial music video (2009)no
Casting CrownsWhat If I Gave Everything – Casting Crowns – with Lyricshttps://youtu.be/tP27ySgbYLUCommercial music video (2016)yes
Casting CrownsPraise You in this Storm – with Lyricshttps://youtu.be/dB4eC55dh-UComercial music video by alwaysandforeverfree (2009)yes
Leonard CohenHallelujah (Live In London)https://youtu.be/YrLk4vdY28QLive performance video (2009)no
CommittedLift Every Voicehttps://youtu.be/ngFDy52eCZYA capella – Live performance video (2015)no
CrowderForgivenhttps://youtu.be/u_ZWEO36jokCommercial music video – more Christian, prison images (2017)no
Lauren DaigleYou Say (Official Music Video)https://youtu.be/sIaT8Jl2zpICommercial music video (2018)no
Lauren DaigleLook Up Childhttps://youtu.be/Iymkk85ELxwLive performance video (2018)no
Elevation WorshipCall Upon the Lord – Livehttps://youtu.be/fl1UGN2x_48More Christian, commercial music video (2016)no
Danny GokeyTell Your Heart to Beat Againhttps://youtu.be/yPzfhm0j5csCommercial music video (2016)no
Samm HenshawChurch (Official Video) ft. Earthganghttps://youtu.be/I_8-P4eZ1jACommercial music video (2019)no
King & CountryTogetherhttps://youtu.be/U3HvgoWQpVQCommercial music video (2020)no
KutlessWhat Faith Can Do (Official Music Video)https://youtu.be/u1JBSQMkQEoCommercial music video (2010)no
Li Chengyu & Tan Zhiyun (CGTN)You Raise Me Uphttps://youtu.be/pZwNzQhjcHE10 year old boy and 7 year old girl in Chinese talent show (2018)no
Steph MacleodBe Thou My Vision | Celtic Worship ft. Steph Macleodhttps://youtu.be/XiukM6WHQEQLive performance video – Celtic with instruments – in a home (2019)no
Steph MacleodStill Watershttps://youtu.be/tBXysCsYIakCommercial music and dance video (2020)yes
MercyMeFlawless (Official Music Video)https://youtu.be/wjLlLPZderkMore Christian, Commercial music video (2105)no
MercyMeI Can Only Imagine (Official Music Video)https://youtu.be/N_lrrq_opngCommercial music video – more Christian (2010)no
NYC Virtual Choir and OrchestraHow Can I Keep from Singing?https://youtu.be/VLPP3XmYxXgComposite of adults singing and playing instruments (2020)no
Barak ObamaPresident Obama sings Amazing Grace (C-SPAN)https://youtu.be/IN05jVNBs64Live performance video – at the funeral for South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney (2015)no
PentatonixAmazing Grace – Pentatonixhttps://youtu.be/Obp-9BEZe1cMedley a capella – Commercial music video (2020)no
Rend CollectiveMy Lighthouse (Official Video)https://youtu.be/reAlJKv7ptUMore Christian, commercial music video (2015)no
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Hymn 405 – All Things Bright and Beautiful (St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church)https://vimeo.com/showcase/7143790/video/421983677Traditional church hymn – one singer (2020)no
St. Andrew’s Episcopal ChurchJesus, Remember Me – Taizé – St Andrew’s Folk Grouphttps://vimeo.com/showcase/7143790/video/419471813More Christian, Traditional church hymn – by choir (2020)no
Rina Sawayama & Elton JohnChosen Family (Performance Lyric Video)https://youtu.be/GTDRg5G77x4Commercial music video (2021)yes
Michael W. SmithHere I Am to Worship https://youtu.be/U1kBDlzTji4More Christian, commercial music video by MrSteffy97 (2013)yes
Chris TomlinHow Great is Our God (Lyrics and Chords)https://youtu.be/KBD18rsVJHkMore Christian, commercial music video with lyrics (2014)yes
We are Messengers Lovehttps://youtu.be/I2IvHbXZp-ICommercial music and dance video (2019)no
Wicked – Kristin Chenoweth & Idina MenzelFor Goodhttps://youtu.be/uzrGFQysfYULyrics on black background (2003)yes
Phil WickhamThis is Amazing Grace (Official Music Video)https://youtu.be/XFRjr_x-yxUMore Christian, commercial music video (2013)no
Josh WilsonRevolutionary (Official Lyric Video)https://youtu.be/6glQdaQUZ1UCommercial 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: 10 June 2021

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