Music to Soothe the Savage Beast

One of the “tricks” I picked up from my visits to a psychologist (yes, even the guy I saw once) is to listen to soothing music when the stuff in my life starts building.

What do I listen to that calms my soul?

1. Gregorian Chant. There’s nothing better available that calms me down and puts me in a contemplative mood. I listen to it often in the study while studying.

2. Johann Sebastian Bach. The B-Minor Mass is fantastic, as is the Christmas Oratorio and his Cantatas. The organ works are nice too.

3. Nick Drake. This British musician/songwriter was done too soon. His singing and acoustic guitar playing puts me in another dimension.

4. Townes Van Zandt. If you like the American singer/songwriter genre and have passed over TVZ, I suggest you find some of his music and enjoy it.

5. White noise. Call me crazy, but the sound that appliances or other ambient noise makes is quite soothing.

How about you? What soothes your savage beast? I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting sounds to help me calm down. If you’d rather not comment here, don’t forget about my e-mail: prknowthyself AT gmail DOT com.



One Response to “Music to Soothe the Savage Beast”

  1. The Wiggles. 🙂 Really! When I’m feeling particularly anxious, kids’ music can be a helpful distraction. It might even make me smile to watch four grown men wearing red, yellow, blue, and purple shirts singing and dancing.

    On the more serious side, I like listening to hymns. It doesn’t require the presence of mind or effort that it sometimes takes to choose and read an appropriate piece of Scripture. It’s an easy way to receive gospel comfort. The sound of familiar melodies is soothing too.

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