What's your go-to 'calming' music?

pammyfayJune 10, 2014

I need some good wind-down music for when I leave work (I have a deadline-oriented job -- specific times I have to hit, whether or not the folks doing their work before it comes to me hit their deadlines).

Everything on my iPod is "up" music for the ride TO work.

So what artists/songs do you turn to when you need to slide into relaxation mode?

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debrak2008

We have a local classical station. I just turn that on.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 2:11PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Billie Holiday.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 2:32PM
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lyfia

Do you like books? If so I'd recommend audio books - they are the only thing that will get my mind thinking about something else. Although I do have the issue of not wanting to leave my car when I get home.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 5:22PM
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Fun2BHere

Early Celtic Woman and Lifescapes: Relaxation for Women. I use the latter on those rare nights when I can't sleep. I usually fall asleep before the CD ends.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 5:51PM
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publickman

Pink Floyd or Cesaria Evora. I also like 1960s Italian Cinecitta soundtracks, especially ones with Nino Rota (La Doce Via, Juliet of the Spirits, etc.).

You can also get some 1950s lounge music, which my brother likes.

Lars

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 6:21PM
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violetwest

I have so, so much. I like natural sounds without music--waves, waterfalls, rain, thunder, birdsong -- lots and lots of birdsong. I almost always have something like playing in the background when I'm not listening to actual song type music or have the tv on. I can give you specific album names, if you like.

I also like various low key world music stuff -- shaman drums, tibetan chants, classical Indian music --

I also am a big fan of movie scores, which tend to be classical in feel. Not "soundtracks" with songs -- scores. I like to listen to the scores of movies I like.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 7:00PM
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Olychick

I love all of Eva Cassidy's music...it makes me feel wonderful.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 7:21PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I listen to soundscapes all the time ... cable provided new age music...very relaxing. I have no idea who is playing what, except I love this song and so I looked it up... Sessa Nulma by David Arkenstone. I presume much of his other work would be similar. I also enjoy gregorian chants. I also enjoy Diana Krall...

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 8:11PM
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texanjana

Enya, something about her music frees my mind.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 8:16PM
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demifloyd

Two have already posted mine--Eva Cassidy and Enya!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 11:45PM
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sable_ca

Classical music, always. For a relaxing background atmosphere, Baroque, such as Vivaldi, and Bach. If I want to listen closely, then it's Beethoven, Chopin, and Mendelssohn. Conducting a Beethoven symphony or concerto in my living room is a wonderful workout!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 2:05AM
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lynninnewmexico

Two of my favorites are Enya, especially her "Caribbean Blue", and Vivaldi's "Four Seasons".
Lynn

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 10:33AM
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jterrilynn

ItâÂÂs hard for me to just name one as my tastes cover about every sort of music and it all depends on my mood. I guess my most often go to is Melody Gardot CDâÂÂs Worrisome Heart and My One and Only Thrill. In fact, I still havenâÂÂt set up my media center after the move but Melody will be my first listen when itâÂÂs done (and when I can find the box she is in).

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:55AM
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tfitz1006

For me it is either Van Morrison's remake of Astral Weeks at the Hollywood Bowl-sublime....otherwise some Lyle Lovett or Amos Lee.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 7:05AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Radio stations via Itunes, like Live 365, can be played in the car...I think it's a small fee per month to do so...but they have about a zillion categories of music. They have a category for ambient which is chock full of all different kinds of relaxing music be it new age, meditation, smooth jazz, club music or whatever...some are just piano music, or guitar or harp. I usually just listen on the computer to the free stuff which has an occasional ad. I actually prefer to listen to the french stations as the ads are in french which I find less annoying. But if you pay, no ads.

But when I was working, sometimes I was so wound up, no relaxing music would do it. I'd put on something hard with a strong beat and sing it at the top of my lungs ... to the detriment of other drivers. ;) I needed a more all encompassing sound to meet my stress level.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 7:23AM
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kswl2

Interesting question. We have a wireless sonos system throughout our house and outside, which draws from both DH's music drive and my iTunes account. I have playlists for every possible mood, season, event, emotion, etc. I love music passionately and having it on makes a tremendous difference in my happiness level.

If I am truly upset about something I go to Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, OP. 92: 11. Allegretto. I have many different recordings on this symphony and they are all wonderful.

If I need to blow off steam I play Bach on the piano. It takes so much concentration I have to let go of whatever else is in my mind!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 1:09PM
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lovemrmewey

I listen to classical music almost exclusively, but recently heard 'Passenger' and something about his voice makes me feel very mellow.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 1:13PM
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lee676

> For me it is either Van Morrison's remake of Astral Weeks at the Hollywood Bowl -sublime.

I need to check this one out.... the original album is one of my alltime faves, wonderfully original music that's steeped in rock, jazz, and folk yet somehow isn't really any of those. Moondance and Tupelo Honey are great too.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 5:29AM
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cyn427

"Pachelbel in the Garden" is my go-to cd for truly calming and relaxing music. I first found it years ago in my bird seed store. It is one in the series of Dan Gibson's Solitudes. You can get it from Amazon now. I play it in the car, at home, and at school where I teach explosive kiddoes. Love it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pachelbel in the Garden

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 10:58AM
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polly929

Enya and Sarah McLachlan.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 5:30PM
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peegee

classical or jazz (no vocals)

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 12:59PM
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cyn427

Annie, I had to check out David Arkenstone-knew there had to be a Tolkien connection because of his name. Interesting. I like his work and as a Tolkien fanatic, I think it is fun that he has composed a series on Music from Middle Earth. Always good to find new music. Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 2:21PM
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tfitz1006

Lee, check out the new Astral Weeks. He sounds, to me, better than the original, which is one of my favs of all time. The last bonus track, Common One, is a spectacular "call and response" song.

I also listen to the Broadway channel on Sirius if I need to brighten my day.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 5:30PM
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cyn427

As I read all these suggestions (and I did go listen to the new Astral Weeks-wow, love him), I began to realize that, for me, all music is calming. It takes me away from the reality of any given moment and transports me in some way, whether it is jazz, rock, classical, R&B, soul, Motown, show tunes. It really doesn't matter. It is all wonderful.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 5:49PM
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alisande

This CD, especially the first track (which doesn't sound like any of the familiar "Ave Marias"), melts tension from my body. It's like taking a cleansing breath in labor. Amazingly, I can still drive safely while listening. ;-)

Ashana: All is Forgiven

Also, when I heard that Charlie Haden died today, I thought of this soft and soothing CD:

Beyond the Missouri Sky

This post was edited by alisande on Fri, Jul 11, 14 at 22:32

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 8:59PM
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peony4

Metallica. Really loud, but only when I'm alone in my car, as a stress reliever. And if you knew me in the three-dimensional world, you'd never believe it. No one knows this about me, but me. And now, all of you.

Speaking of Van Morrison, my husband and I dance to "Into the Mystic" in front of the kids to embarrass them. Cat Stevens (as he was formally known) also has a number of earthy tunes that can bring you back to what's important.

Editing to add that our kids are of the eye-rolling stage... we dance together to show them examples of a loving relationship, not to do any psychological damage.

This post was edited by peony4 on Sat, Jul 12, 14 at 0:05

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 12:01AM
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justgotabme

Dan Fogelberg. He's the only artist I have on my iPod. I first saw him in Concert in '74 opening for the Eagles and have loved his music every since. His music literally soothes my soul. Whenever I'm stressed I plug in my Bose and zone out. I'm calm within minutes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dan Fogelberg videos by JMEagle

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 1:32AM
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