When Lauryn Hill’s Unplugged premiered, I had no clue that it would have such an impact on me. While my friends complained about it not being The Miseducation, the simple guitar chords, and that “damn hat,” I was thankful that she gave us her poetry. Sure, it wasn’t the Lauryn I expected, but it was the Lauryn I needed. And when I need a break from the world and a bit of time to myself, it’s the Unplugged album that serves as the soundtrack for my reflection and meditation.

There’s a rawness in Lauryn’s storytelling. From the interludes to the lyrics, she exposes herself. Her vulnerability allows me to become just as open and undone, if only for a few tracks. As she sings about the need to rebel, feeling refreshed afterward, finding peace of mind, and the conquering lion, I am transported into a zone. I write. I meditate. I think. I rethink. When all seems to fall apart, I can light a candle, grab a glass of petit syrah, light a candle, play Lauryn Hill Unplugged, and pull it all together.

What is your go-to album for reflecting? Why?

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  • OSHH

    Telepopmusik/Angela McCluskey
    This new Norah Jones esp a track titled “after the fall” and her work with Danger Mouse
    Esthero and quite a few others…………..

  • I never saw the appeal of Lauryn Hill’s albums. To me, they came off as boring, trite and uninspired. Oh well…

    For me, my go to album for reflection is either Bilal’s “1st Born Second” or Little Brother’s “The Minstrel Show”.

  • Dalili

    Enya: A Day Without Rain There’s something ethereal about her voice.This album calms me down in the way meditating does for some.

    Sarah McLachlan: After Glow Just Lovely. I listen to this album from start to finish. “Push”(is such a beautiful ode to loving relationships) and ‘World On Fire” ( which encourages me to do my share in making this world a better place) are by far my favorites.

    Zahara: Loliwe Beautiful & powerful voice aside, the songs on this album are socially conscious (Thekwana is an ode to South Africa’s freedom fighters including Mr. Nelson Mandela) and offer encouragement for life’s situation. It’s rejuvenates me.