What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.

What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.


When we talk about the elusive topic of soul, there are so many permutations to consider. In its most rudimentary sense, it reflects the expectation that there is an inner being within all living things…the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life.

However, once it begins to reflect a quality of music, soul is a strong positive feeling (as of intense sensitivity and emotional fervor) conveyed especially by African American performers.

We might define it by pointing out the absence when we say, “that music ain’t got no soul.“

To Ray’s point above, it is almost undefinable with words. Soul is something you feel. It is something that resonates deep within on levels that are not entirely tangible. But you most certainly know it when you are in the presence of it.

Some believe that this single life experience we are living is the sum total of our consciousness. Others believe in cyclical repetition of life experiences, each with continuous lessons that give our soul an opportunity to grow and improve.

It would stand to reason that if music is the universal language, it would be most capable of resonating with our soul. It’s vibrational interaction with our being most likely causes a harmonic vibration that is beautifully in tune with one another, causing each to intertwine with exquisite delight.

He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. Happy Sunday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!