Friday, June 13, 2008

Not Just Pretty Music---My Experiences & Ratings

I have consciously been listening to music for the past few years. Sometimes I listen to music purely for pleasure, but other times I am trying to shift moods, heal a weak immune system, insomnia, physical pain and emotional turmoil.

Here are some of the results I have found in my own life testing music on my own mind-body.

Lifting Moods:

Mozart, Bach, Debussy
Also to various Gregorian chant recordings
George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and "American in Paris"
Anything by Madeleine Peyroux
Rolf Lislevand's "Nuove Musiche"
Some Beatles music (the folkier acoustic songs)
Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue"
Native American flute
West African kora music
West African polyphonic drums
Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate
Classical Indian music
Habib Koite & Bamada
Malian music in general

Healing Migraines & Nausea:

The Wailin' Jenny's, especially the song, "Apocalypse Lullaby" (Firecracker)
Renaissance polyphony (especially The Tudor Choir's "Clemens" CD)

or just plain old silence

Healing Lack of Confidence or Courage:

Beethoven's symphonies (especially the first movement of the 5th)
Edith Piaf's songs

Healing Lack of Passion:

Astor Piazzolla
Maurice Ravel (he also helps me to see beauty)
Michel Camilo (pianist, composer)
Rachmaninov's piano concertos

Clearing Writing Blocks:

Bach (especially piano work played by Glenn Gould)
Rolf Lislevand's "Nuove Musiche"
Sting (Songs of the Labyrinth)

Valuable recordings:

Masaru Emoto's "Water Crystal Healing" book with CDs
Joshua Leeds, Lisa Spector and Susan Wagner's "Through A Dog's Ear" series
Marjorie de Muynck's "In the Key of Earth"
Mary Youngblood's various CDs
R. Carlos Nakai's various CDs
Trio Medieval's recordings
Anonymous 4
The Wailin' Jennys' 2 recordings (a 3rd one on the way)
Mariana Montalvo's CDs
Corsican polyphonic vocals
Early Music recordings (especially baroque)

I will continue to add to this list. I still have a long ways to go.