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Buzz In: What's Your Favorite Soothing Music?

Buzz In: What's Your Favorite Soothing Music?

Music is a very personal thing. What's pleasing to the ears of one person can be nails on a chalkboard to another. Even iPod playlists are like snowflakes: no two alike. But I find that people can be most varied when it comes to what they listen to when they need to be soothed.

The very definition of the word "soothe" is "to tranquilize or calm." Think auditory Xanax. A quick Amazon search of "soothing music" leads to mostly instrumental compilations meant to lull you to sleep. For me, these Enya-eque tunes are more boring than calming.

So, what mellows me? Well, a little Sade goes a long way. Her voice is sensually raspy, and I instantly get transported to whatever perfect-love scenario she's currently crooning about. The Beatles have a similar calming effect. It probably has something to do with growing up listening to their albums, back when I had no adult responsibilities. I asked Bella this question and she says calms the ol' nerves with The Sea and Cake.

What about you? What CD or artists do you listen to when you just want to kick back and relax?

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I have yet to stay awake through the Disney movie FANTASIA! It must be the harp! :oops: Seriously, it would have to be flute, harp, soft guitar or soft piano. Too many artists to mention here for me.
josie777 josie777 9 years
Carmen Lundy -Come Home Jaco Pastorious-Continuum Karen Blixt-Faith Baby Faith Miles Davis-Pharaoh's Dance John Coltrane-Lazy Bird
i gave you all the love i've got, I gave you more than I could give, I gave you love. I gave you more than I have inside and you took my love, you took... my looooovvveee-- SADE hands down!
MuggleCrazed MuggleCrazed 9 years
Anything Acoustic Jack Johnson John Mayer Maroon 5 Jason Mraz Colbie Caillat Green Day's Macy's Day Parade, Good Riddance, Whatsername, and some others. The Beatles Coldplay U2 Sara Bareilles Norah Jones Yael Naem's New Soul
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
I LOVE listening to John Mayer on a rainy day. But my other faves are slow songs by The Police, Dave Matthews Band, and this cd called Mob Hits..amazing!!
Nalin Nalin 9 years
Death Cab For Cutie, Jack Johnson and Zero 7 :)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
The Cure - Disintegration Bauhaus - The Singles 79-83 Sisters of Mercy - Floodland Sinead - The lion and the cobra Tori Amos - -little earthquakes
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Jack Johnson Coldplay Travis Collective Soul Any 'unplugged' cd That is all I can think of right now.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Massive Attack, Sia, Zero 7, Morcheeba, Portishead, Elliott Smith, Death Cab
fashionista21 fashionista21 9 years
Yea, i forgot Monsoon (thanks leeluvfashion :P) that song is so calming and soothing. It just takes me away.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Trentemoller is downtempo enough to help me relax. I also have a playlist on my ipod that I'll fall asleep to with everything from Sasha & Digweed to Kimball Collins to Paul van Dyk (Vorsprung van Dyk Technik not the new crap).
IrishCharm IrishCharm 9 years
For me, The Perishers are great for soothing music especially Sway (any Veronica Mars fans?) and Nothing Like You and I. Tom Waits' I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You is another good one.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
1) Hem 2) Sarah Harmer 3) Joan as Police Woman
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
Dean Martin Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr Angie Aparo Norah Jones John Legend Michael Buble
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
Jack Johnson, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller Band, The Sea and Cake, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Otis Redding
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
When I'm stressed I listen to Aerosmith (though it isn't very calm) but when I can't sleep I like The Beatles and U2.
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
John Mayer Coldplay The Beatles
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
Josh Groban for me.
girlnone girlnone 9 years
For a long time I couldn't fall asleep without listening to Brian Eno's "Music for Airports." Other chill music: Iron and Wine Air (Moon Safari) Calexico Beck (Sea Change) Dirty Three Elliott Smith Madeleine Peyroux Azure Ray/Maria Taylor
divinelight divinelight 9 years
I completely agree about Death Cab, menthadict! Listening to more than one their songs at a time knocks me right out. I think The Album Leaf and Beat Radio are also very soothing and put me to sleep. The National have some songs that are very soothing to me and don't make me tired which is always nice too. Haha
redfiretruck redfiretruck 9 years
Right now, it's The Heart of the Matter, by India.Arie. Yep, still in a Sex and the City mood. =) Oh, but I also go to The Pierces (anything of theirs, really) and Rihanna's acoustic version of Umbrella.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I can't believe I forgot to mention my all time favorite jazz artist! Mindi Abair. Any song of her's is soothing for me.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
A few more that I always listen to: Ex Cop by Hans Zimmer (from the soundtrack to The Pledge.) Teardrop by Massive Attack Lions and Tigers by Asobi Seksu Umbrella (cover) by Marie Digby Forever by The Beach Boys
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
For The Windows In Paradise.. by Sufjan Stevens Monsoon by Tokio Hotel Two by Ryan Adams Playground by Sia Gentlemen by Teddy Geiger Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls Float On by Ben Lee Speeding Cars by Imogen Heap When You Were Young (The Killers cover) by Astrid Swan Drive by Incubus
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