Songs for the Soul

Remnants of Mardi Gras
Remnants of Mardi Gras — credit: Treewoman8/Flickr

Songs For The Soul
We Can’t Save Your Soul
But We Can Help You Sponge It Clean
Songs For The Soul 2014

credit: Lawrence, OP/Flickr
credit: Lawrence, OP/Flickr
The excesses of the carnival season are over. So this week, we’re playing sacred music with a foothold in Louisiana. Some songs are religious. Some aren’t. But they’re guaranteed to help get you ready for Easter, or Passover, or whatever day you’ve got circled on the calendar.

Mahalia Jackson, John Boutté, Branford Marsalis, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, and Davell Crawford are in the mix. And so is the brass band that wants to know, “Whatcha gonna do for the rest of your life? Whatcha gonna do to make it right?”

We can’t tell you what to do. But we strongly suggest that you turn the music up!


Each week we provide playlist of the music heard on the show. Our hope it that you will download it to your phone or print it out and take it with you to your local record store. Help support the musicians who make the music we love — and the local retailers who sell it.

Download the playlist

Why Saint Cecilia?

She is the patron saint of musicians and is celebrated in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic traditions. Check out her lute.

Bob Edwards Talks With Us About ‘Songs for the Soul’


We were delighted to be invited to chat with SiriusXM’s Bob Edwards about this hour of Music Inside Out back in 2013. You can tell that New Orleans holds a special place in Bob’s heart.

Thanks to the staff of The Bob Edwards Show for giving us the chance to catch up with an old friend.


Bob Edwards, Gwen, and Sean

Bob Edwards in the studios of Sirius XM in Washington, DC
Bob Edwards in the studios of Sirius XM in Washington, DC. credit: Ed McNulty

Cover Image

The image on the cover comes from the painting “Sonata For Lute” by Maurice Sapiro represented by Saatchi Art.

Sonata For Lute