The Meaning of Soul Music

Soul Music


I Love Music

I have to thank my mother and father for introducing me to all genre of music, but especially the music of North America and the Caribbean. As my knowledge and curiousity grew I got to specialize in the type of music I wanted to purchase and listen. Do not get me wrong I still listen to all genre of music but the ones I listen to the most is what is termed “Old School”, and reggae.

What is Old School

Now what is “old school?”  Usually it is the music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and part of the 90s. Back in my day they called it Rhythm and Blues (R&B) or Soul.  So what is soul music? In my world it is music that when you hear it, it causes you to feel something. If it has swing it will make you want to dance (e.g. Twisting the Night Away, Sam Cooke). If it is romantic or sultry it speaks to soul and heart (e.g. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge, Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye). Maybe you have just broken up with your partner and need something to express how you feel (e.g. Pain in My Heart, Otis Redding). In other words soul music when you hear it usually sparks some feeling from the listener.

Let the Music Play

I think soul music was and still is so popular because it runs the gamut from feeling happy and wanting to dance, meeting a partner and wanting to tell them how you feel, making love and sharing each other's touch, to breaking up and feeling the pain. It can be different for everyone, but the main thing about soul music is how it touches your emotions.

How does Soul music touch you? Write your comments below or send me you comments at

This article has 12 Comments

  1. Hey Harevy
    This is a nice looking page you got here so far, I see you have been following the Wealthy Affiliates lessons well. Keep at it, I Hope for you all the best in your business

    1. Hello Cesar, thank you for the comment. Yes I have been following the training on Wealthy Affilaites and it seems to be work.

  2. Hi Harvey,

    I am really ignorant when it comes to soul music, however, I am a classical musician and I like the fact that you have based your website on your passion. Keep it up and I’m sure you’ll be able make share your enthousiasm with others!

    1. Hello Guillem, thank you for the comments. I appreciate all music. It just depends on what mood I happen to be in at the momnent, but when it comes to being put in a happy or romantic mood, I got to go with soul music every time. I am sure you do remember a few songs that fall under the labels R&B, Soul, Quiet Storm.

  3. I love the pictures and color but continue adding more content. The more you add the better it will be ! Great job, keep it up!

    1. Hello Elizabeth, thank you for the comments, really appreciated. I do plan to provide more depth to my content over the next few weeks.

  4. Hi Harvey!! I love soul music too! Great for the soul and really makes you feel like someone understands what you are going through! I live close to New Orleans, so I grew up with soul music and also jazz. It gets inside of your heart and soul, for sure!

    1. Hello Debbie, I see you finally got through. I love New Orleans. I was there the day before Katrina hit town. The talent in that city is unbelievable. One of my favourite artists from their is Irma Thomas. Man, that woman can sing with feeling. Just getting in to New Orleans Jazz, John Boute, Kurmit Ruffin and Trombone Shorty.

  5. Hi, Harvey!
    I really love what you have written in the last paragraph. I could not agree more. Though I was raised and I’m living very far away from the origins of soul music (geographically and mentally). I get goose bumps every time the I hear it. I appreciate music in (almost) every form and genre, I just like the transformation of the environment, when the music plays 🙂
    Would you believe, if I told you, we also have quite a lot of artists playing soul even in Slovenia? Just google Uroš Perić, Oto Pestner, Perpetuum Jazzile … These are just a few. I would appreciate your opinion on them 🙂

    All the best,


    1. Thanks Spela, for the positive comments. When I was growing up in England most of the R&B and soul artist were big in Europe. They played to sellout crowds, so it is not surprising that Slovenia would be in the mix. I will check out the artists you have mentioned and get back to you.

    1. Thanks George, drop by anytime and if you like a tune, you can always get it by clicking on the ITunes banner on the right.

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