A few songs from my library that I listen to when I need to just stop. When I need calm, peace, reflection, temper my anxiety, and when people close to me die.
The first two I found many many years ago, and I listened to them over and over and over again when my grandfather died. I was in Denmark at the time traveling with my sister and we weren’t able to go home for the funeral. And the only outlet for me was listening to these two songs and writing a poem about what I remember about my grandpa. Now I find myself drawn to them again while I wait for my grandmother to pass. Both songs are just instrumentals, nothing fancy. I have the full album for both songs but only like the one song on each. I don’t know why, but I suppose you like what you like.
“The crystal Pillar” by Jeff Johnson on the album, Prayers of St. Brendan
(available through itunes - sorry couldn't find it on the web, but well worth the purchase)
“The Glen” by Joseph Bradley on the album, Stories: A Narada Artists Collection
The last I’ll share with you this time is Mazzy Stars’ “Into Dust” from the So Tonight that I Might See.
It is also a simple song with just voice, guitar, and cello. The cello is one of my favorite, if not the favorite, instruments of mine. It has a richness and deep mellow sound that just mesmerizes me. I have no idea what the song means. I’ve looked up the lyrics and read them over and over and still don’t have a clue. But in this case, it doesn’t matter. I don’t care. It is just a beautiful song. I can listen to it non-stop and not get sick of hearing it.