Monday, March 16, 2009 3:07:16 PM
As a musician I'm biased, but even then I often take music for granted, and even forget sometimes that a quick dose of something appropriate can have an amazing sedentary effect. I'm not sure how much of this is due to simple distraction, or the stimulation of certain emotions or emotional memories. Frankly I don't care to know. For me it's one of those things that should remain a beguiling mystery.
Here are some extracts from recent purchases that I find very therapeutic:
Lunz - Reinterpretations
Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Tim Story - Inlandish
Both of these are actually collaborations between Roedelius & Story. They are relaxing, restful, melodic, ambient, beatless electronic instrumental pieces with acoustic piano. But never dull, predictable or boring like a lot of the ambient/chill out/post rock scene, or whatever you want to call it. Roedelius has been there and done it all. Inventing much of it along the way. 74 years old and still creating beautiful stuff like this. A real inspiration.
Trouve - Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Time Story.mp3
Murmuring Mermaids - Lunz.mp3
Various - Jazz Manouche Vol.1
I think they call it Gypsy Jazz. It's a genre cultivated in France, so I believe, built around vampy guitar and violin. Think Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli, or the music that breaks up scenes in a Woody Allen film or as he's walking down a street in New York berating himself. Pure joy!
When Day is Done - Bireli Lagrene.mp3
Hans Che's Swing - Am Ketenes.mp3
Nuages - Django Reinhardt.mp3
Brian Eno - Thursday Afternoon
I really shouldn't neglect this perennial favourite, especially if you're new to this kind of thing. A single piece of music that undulates and trickles it's way through it's 61 minute calming journey. Here are the first twelve minutes and thirty eight seconds to whet your appetite.
And here's a list of
recommended indie record shops.