Monday, April 21, 2014

Music for Serenity


We all have music that moves us.  We can feel happy, sad, energetic or sleepy just by changing what we are listening to.   If I am cleaning house it's Foo Fighters, Pink or anything loud.  If my nerves are jangling I try soft piano or classical.  For every story I write I have a soundtrack in my mind that I've compiled to help me feel a scene.   I've found meditation to be an important process when I'm writing.  It helps me to focus on the plot and on what my characters have to say to me.  Below are some of the artists who help me find my serenity.

While on vacation we went to lunch at a little bistro.  We sat out in the warm breeze while being serenaded  on guitar by a man named Marc Vee.  His classical guitar music made the perfect compliment to our meal.  We purchased his CD's, one called Speaking in Sounds and the other Path to Serenity.  We proceeded to spend the rest of the vacation listening to them.  It was incredible how relaxed they made us feel then, and when we slip the CD in now we are transported back to that place and time.   If you'd like to hear a sample you can find him on iTunes here;  



Another CD I find relaxing I came upon on another vacation.  It is called Drum Medicine by David and Steven Gordon.  Its Native American sound promotes healing in a gentle, soothing manner.  The first time I listened to it we were in Washington state.  It was just before I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and I was exhausted by the traveling yet unable to get to sleep.  The CD spoke of shamanic drumming promoting healing, and as it played I was able to fall asleep and I woke surprisingly rested.  




New Life by Paul Cardell is a must have if you love piano music.  I've given this CD as a gift several times and each time the recipient has raved about how much they love it.  It has a song from the television show Lost called Life and Death that is so compelling I can listen to it over and over.  The music is light and airy, often with spiritual references perfect to play as you quiet your mind.





Ben Howard is another artist I find myself relaxing to.  His haunting voice and beautiful guitar playing joins together in songs that make me feel quiet and relaxed.  You would recognize his song "Oats in the Water" as Hershel's theme if you are a fan of The Walking Dead.  This might be my favorite of Ben Howard's songs but his CD Every Kingdom is wonderful.  (Oats in the Water is only available to download -- not on the cd)  Although there are words in these songs I find myself transported beyond them. 



When I speak of music, I always include a soundtrack or two.  Often they contain versions of songs you can't find elsewhere or a group of songs that make you aware of new artists you didn't know you liked.  Somewhere in Time is from a 1980's time travel movie I've always been fond of.  Now some of you are saying, 'Oh yes, that movie with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.'  Though perhaps overly romantic, the idea of a love so strong that it transcends time really speaks to me.  The music is beautiful and evocative of the story and it stands the test of time (no pun intended).  



So I've taken you on a tour of my meditative music.  I hope you check them out and love them as much as I do.  If you have another song I ought to add to my list leave me a comment at the bottom of my page!  Thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of your day.