Questlove’s Summer of Soul comes at the perfect time. After a year of the plague, we’re all hungry for connection, elevation, and transcendence. Who doesn’t want to live and love more soulfully now?

Song, to paraphrase the Staple Singers, will take you there. As we move into August, here are some sweet and soulful pieces that help. And please go see Summer of Soul in a movie theater—you’ll be so happy you did!

Randall Poster is the Music Supervisor for AIR MAIL