T.J. Johnston wrote:Where is the Love - Black Eyed Peas
Join with us - The Feeling
We didn't start the fire (kind of) - Billy Joel (aka 'The Piano Man')
Golly... you have a different concept of "peaceful music" to me.
I supposed we could make a distinction between 'music/songs about peace' and 'music/songs that have a peaceful vibe or calming effect'.
It would be fairly easy to identify and reach a certain consensus about the former--the lyrics and themes of the songs can be easily identified.
As for the latter category, well, it's a lot more subjective I suppose.
So for me, some examples of 'music/songs that have a calming/peaceful effect' would be:
- Charles Spearin's 'The Happiness Project' where he recorded the conversations he had with his friends and family about the theme of 'happiness' and then laid music over the natural cadence of the spoken voice. Apparently, Charles Spearin is Buddhist and this project was inspired by his experience of long silent retreats.
Buddhist practice puts emphasis on analyzing the nature of one’s own awareness and experience through study, contemplation and meditation, and often includes long periods of silence and reflection. Returning home to ordinary life and ordinary conversation after extended periods of quiet is what brought Spearin’s attention to what would be the focus of this new album: The natural, unselfconscious, music of speech. By replicating the rising and falling of the recorded voices on different instruments Spearin, in true Buddhist form, attempts to illuminate some of the beauty of ordinary life.http://www.happiness-project.ca/about.php
- I also find Brian Eno's generative music app for the iPhone, Bloom, to have the same calming effect. You can either create or let it auto-generate evolving ambient sounds and electronic beeps. The ever changing soundscape seems to lull me into a state of calm, if not mindfulness.
Perry: I see you are a Queen fan. I've been listening to Queen a lot recently.