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“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.” ― Pablo Casals

I’ve always been a music lover.  I listen to all types – classical, country, jazz, folk, hip hop, soul. You name it.  Doesn’t matter to me as long as it’s music that makes me feel something loving, or is thought-provoking, or just makes me want to shake my booty.

I watch the Junos and Grammys every year.  I love to hear music from up and comers, even if it’s not always my cup of tea.  It’s about honouring someone who took the time to express their thoughts through music.  I love that.

But my favourite kind of music is the gentle sounds that soothe my soul.  The background notes that don’t try to compete for my attention when I’m working or writing.  The notes that lull me to sleep each night.  And the tracks that help me relax so that I can deepen my daily meditations.

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So, I thought you might like to know some of my favourite relaxation CDs.

  • The Prayer Cycle by Jonathan Elias.  This is a beautiful collection of various artists including Alanis Morissette and James Taylor.  It’s so incredibly moving that it’s one that I just listen to and relax.  I especially love it while taking a hot bubble bath.
  • Enhancing Creativity by Steven Halpern.  I really like this one when I’m writing.  But any of his are great for sleep or background for work.
  • Loreena McKennitt – anything by her will transport you into a tranquil state.  I was fortunate to see her in concert a few times and the experiences were truly transformative.  Such a Canadian treasure.
  • Songs of Joy & Peace by Yo-Yo Ma & Friends.  I have several of his CD’s and I love them for background music when I’m working.
  • The River by Monty Alexander.  Monty is a jazz piano player with heart and deep soul.  Listen to the track called The River.  I had heard it on CKUA public radio in Alberta a few years ago and was hooked (Thanks CKUA for exposing your audience to more than top 10)
  • Inside Taj Mahal by Paul Horn.  A classic from the past.
  • Erik Satie’s  Gymnopedies 1, 2, 3.  This has to be my favourite piece of music of all time.  I have it saved on my computer so I can listen to it anytime I need a fix for my soul.  I don’t know why it touches me so deeply.  If you’re not familiar and want to take a listen, here’s the link to the version I listen to:
  • 2Cellos – Song “Fragile”.  And this is one I just discovered and can’t stop playing it.  These 2 guys do such a mesmerizing version of Sting’s classic.  Here they are on YouTube.

Well that’s it for this week.  Happy listening and joyful relaxing!

Love from your Joy Mama,

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