"Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften
rocks, or bend a knotted oak." -- William Congreve, 1670-1729
Music represents the movement, development and transformation
of motifs of the collective unconscious." -- C. G. Jung
Since September 11th tragic events, people
turn to music to help them find comfort and
guiding in these dark days.
US patriatric songs are more popular than ever.
Here is the list of the top ten songs:
"Star Spangled Banner"
"God Bless the USA"
Dave Matthews Band
"God Bless America"
All Star Tribute
"What's Goin' On?"
Music That Soothes the Soul
From Gregorian chants of the Medieval
era to the twentieth-century works of Arvo Pärt,
music has served as a refuge from the tension
of daily life.
Take a few moments to get away from
it all with these soothing classical pieces.
Here are the songs:
1. Bach: Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor
2. Bach: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
3. Barber: Adagio for Strings
4. Fauré: Pavane
5. Gregorian Chant
6. Mozart: Solemn Vespers, Laudate Dominum
7. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21,
2nd movement, "Elvira Madigan"
8. Pärt: Te Deum
9. Rachmaninoff: Vespers
10. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, second movement
Music can heal and inspire
Here are the songs
"Everything Is Everything"
Simon & Garfunkel
"Bridge Over Troubled Waters"
"Lean On Me"
"You've Got A Friend"
"Say A Little Prayer"
"What A Wonderful World"
"Peace, Love & Understanding"
Songs of Solace
Here is the list of songs recommended by
by Chris Willman
''All My Tears,'' Emmylou Harris
Covering a Julie Miller tune, Harris --
who's no stranger to laments about
passing on, and those left behind --
offers consolation to survivors with a
promise that, in heaven, there won't be
a wet eye in the house.
Bach's ''Cantata BWV 199: Mein Herze
schwimmt im Blut,'' With Dawn Upshaw
A world-class soprano, Upshaw takes us
through that journey from despair'
to redemption in 24 incredibly
''Full Force Gale,'' Van Morrison
This jaunty, horn-propelled gospel likens
the Lord to a delightful sudden gust --
the kind needed to begin to live again.
''Give a Man a Home,'' The Blind Boys of Alabama
Even gospel singers looking toward the
next world need a place to hang their hats
in this one. They find it in this prayer
for rest and peace.
''How I Got Over,'' Aretha Franklin
In this clap-happy track from
''Amazing Grace,'' one of the defining gospel
albums, Lady Soul enthuses to a live
audience about her own bridge over
''If I Should Fall Behind,'' Bruce Springsteen
Bruce meant it figuratively, we figure,
but his ballad picks up almost unbearable
poignance in the wake of so many tales of
ordinary heroes who went back to assist the
fallen. There could be no more beautiful
promise for firefighters, lovers,
and other survivors.
''If It Be Your Will,'' Leonard Cohen
Jeff Buckley's cover of Cohen's ''Hallelujah''
has become an unofficial anthem for the
tragedy's aftermath on VH1 and public
radio, but this is a more hopeful prayer
from the cynical psalmist: ''Let your mercy
spill on all these burning hearts in hell,
if it be your will to make us well.''
''I Won't Back Down,'' Tom Petty
Or, as Dan Rather said in an even less
fearsome time: courage.
''It's a Wonderful Life,'' The Williams Brothers
The Williams duo use their verses to catalog
a litany of earthly evils, then, in the chorus,
abruptly reverse course and conclude:
''When I look in your eyes/It's a wonderful life.''
When we listen to their euphoric harmonies,
we just about believe it.
''Little Bird,'' Annie Lennox
Walking city streets ''dark with rage and fear,''
Lennox envies a passing bird for its ability to
fly away...then realizes it might not have taken
flight without a nice, firm push out of the nest.
Having been rudely shoved out of our
comfort zone, we can relate.
''Love and Mercy,'' Brian Wilson
Wilson puts away childish things and despairs
over the world's overwhelming violence and
lonesomeness on behalf of everyone
who just wasn't made for these times.
''Love Is the Answer,'' Todd Rundgren
It was some 20 years ago, in this heavenly slice
of Philly-soul-gone-gospel, that Rundgren
offered the answer. It might not have been
until the atrocities of this year that we
really understood the question.
''My Love Will Follow You,'' Buddy Miller
Is this the tender promise of a late
lover to always watch over his beloved?
God, haunting fickle humanity like a ghost?
Or just a simple vow of faithfulness between
separated sweethearts? Any way you look
at it, it's the kind of commitment we
all long to be pledged, now more than ever.
''Rhapsody in Blue,'' New York Philharmonic
Put this Gershwin masterpiece on as
a promise of the time when we'll be
able to stroll through a Manhattan
as idealized as the one witnessed in
Woody Allen's famous montage.
''This World Is Not My Home,'' The Monroe Brothers
Bill and Charlie Monroe offer perhaps the
definitive take on this country-gospel standard
in their 1936 recording, finding plenty of
reason to celebrate in the idea that the
world we know is just a way station.
''These Are Days,'' 10,000 Maniacs
Natalie Merchant's celebration of carpe diem
is as outrageously joyful a pop song as any
ever written. Is it premature, in these dark times,
to listen to a song that says these are the
good old days? Maybe, but her ode to joy
strikes just the right triumphal tone.
''Treasure of the Broken Land,'' Mark Heard
The late singer-songwriter's dream of those
who've gone on before him. Rarely has the
tenuous wall between life and death
inspired such a rousing rocker.
''Walk On,'' U2
''Beautiful Day'' is an especially powerful
look through rose-colored glasses, but for pure,
''Walk On'' is just the balm for weary soles.
''Wonder of Birds,'' The Innocence
Mission Singer Karen Peris, who was
ethereal before ethereal was in, makes the
best case for flying away this side of, well,
''I'll Fly Away.'' If only we could.
Here is our OWN Boomers International List :
1) "Only Time" - Enya
"Angel" - Sarah MacLachlan
2) "Hands" - Jewel
"I Hope You Dance" - LeeAnn Rimes
3) "Bridge Over Troubled Waters"
- Simon & Garfunkel
4) "Lean On Me"
- Bill Withers
- John Lennon
6) "Titanic Theme Song"
- Celine Dion
7) "Let's The Sunshine - Aquarius"
- The Fifth Dimension
8) "What's Goin' On?"
- Marvin Gaye
9) "You Got Friends"
- The Carpenters
- Carole King
10) "What A Wonderful World"
- Louis Armstrong
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What people say about music:
I love all kind of music, ever since I was young. My taste
changed over time but music always remain a truly effective
mood altering system. When I was alone, a lonely little
scrawny and skinny kid in London, I used to listen to the
Brit's classical music (London Phiharmonica ) on my record
player late at night. Sometimes, I would run out of electricity
and I had to put more coins (10p) in the meter. Can you
imagine finding coins and meter in the dark! I have learned
to appreciate and enjoy more romantic, upbeat music in the
last few years. BUT when I feel the BLUES, I would delve
and dig deep into my feeling .. and my sadness, that is
when "Whiter Shade of Pale" and "Diamonds and Rust" or the
Moody Blues get to dance with my inner soul. Although I
like oldies but I also like contemporary music. I never
get tired of listening to Kenny G.'s "The Joy Of Life" and
"Forever In Love". I would prefer that they are the themes
for my comtemporary life. by Jeri
I am in my late 40's and I loved Motown as well as the harmony
of the groups back in the 50's. You could understand the words
and dance close to the person that you liked - or keep your
distance from one that you did not. The music made me feel
young, and still does, whenever I hear it. It was a great
time because things were simpler. There were drugs, but not
as prevalent as it is today. You could go to bars at 18, and
drink legally. The music made me feel happy, and reflected
my sadness as well. If I was in a relationship and was having
problems, the music would sometimes cheer me up because it
would tell me that my problems were universal. If the relationship
was going well, the music would make me feel that I was lucky
- and some of the music would make me feel happy. All in all,
the music was simpler than it is today, but then, so was life.
As a young man just back from vietnam i purchased an album
" THE TEMPTATIONS IN A MELLOW MOOD'" this had to be one of
their best. among the many great songs was " to dream the
impossible dream". they sang it with so much soul, and helped
me through many sleepless nights. i will always hold The TEMPTATIONS
near to my heart.................
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