My Healing Playlist #1: The Slow Ascent
There are chapters in life when we are gifted with uninterrupted hours to focus on something we love to do. And I’m not talking about as part of our weekly routine, I’m talking about a window of opportunity that will eventually close and only shows up rarely. I am about to enter a chapter when I will have time, lots of time. I’ll be recovering from open heart surgery. I’m calling it ‘healing’ rather than ‘lying round’ or ‘resting.’ I’m trying to keep a proactive positive spin, I guess. Many folks have shared ideas of how to spend my countless hours in bed or sitting watching the world function around me. TV series that would be great to finally be able to finish, though the two that are top of my list, The Wire & Six Feet Under, don’t seem like the right choice. Certainly not the latter choice!
I’ve decided that for me, I am going to do some deep listening. Listening to music that has brought me so much joy in my life and has literally made it feel worth living. I am revisiting some of the records/CDs that I once dedicated thousands of hours to.
And so, I thought I’d share this week, and each week, my ‘healing’ playlist of choice. I’ll walk you through each choice & why. I’ll include a link to send you into my listening world, if you want to join me. I’d welcome the company.
This week we are going start very mellow. A slow ascent. I’m still a few days away from ‘getting er done,’ but I imagine that the week in the hospital and coming home, I’m going to need to keep it very mellow….But at the same time, I want to celebrate the fact that I’m alive! Here is my playlist for week #1 of healing.
Emerson String Quartet. Beethoven’s Eb Sting Quartet: Adagio
I hired a string quartet to only to play this one movement at my wedding. It is the very definition of beauty to me. It was and is how I view my wife.
Keith Jarrett: When I Fall In Love
Nothing but melody, melody, melody. And the ballad has always been the most peaceful place for me. This takes patience, but is SO worth it in the end.
Henryk Gorecki: Symphony #3
This may seem cliché to all you classical music aficionados & OK, I’ll accept that..BUT..the patience with which this piece unfolds is heart healing to me. If you need to sit still for 40 minutes (and we all do!), try this album.
Rickie Lee Jones: Skeletons
So damn tragic yet absolutely gorgeous. Just makes me feel something every time. And we can’t be afraid to feel.
Ennio Morricone: The Mission Main Theme
My parent’s owned a movie theater growing up. A two screen repertory theater. The Mission played for months and I fell in love with the score (along with everyone else). Masterful!
Robert Shaw’s Festival Singers: Arvo Part
I don’t know how I ended up listening to this choral album but it changed my life. I ended up writing a 10 minute choral piece for Jessica as her wedding gift! It’s the first and last choral piece I have ever written. Let this track just wash over you….It feels really good once ya let go.
Peter Gabriel: Secret World
The closing track on US. Crushing beauty & his obsession with African grooves (I believe this track features Senegalese drums, like the ones in my Warren St studio) make this a perfect closure to my ascent.
Please listen along with me.
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