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Music hath charm to soothe the savage breast


Dave Bryce

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I find that during stressful times, there are certain pieces and/or genres of music to which I turn for comfort and solace. There are a few that always do the trick for me. I'm sure almost all of you have "comfort" music as well.

 

What pieces/songs/albums/artists can always be counted on to make you feel better?

 

dB

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Right now, as a part of my self-guided piano training, I'm learning to play a sweet and simple little Air by Henry Purcell, and emotionally, it's all intertwined with my feelings on the recent horrors. Not comfort music per se, but certainly an expression of something.

 

For comfort, hmmm, I've been listening to the album Lulu by the now-obscure Minneapolis band Trip Shakespeare for a decade now. It's a rich and good humored joyride that's been consoling me for a long time. It's also the vehicle for an inordinate amount of romantic fanatsies.

 

On a related note, Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic, great album that it is, will always been inextricably associated with being sick for me. It was one of the 12 records I received when I first subscribed to the Colombia record club as a lad, and I received the shipment while I was in the midst of the longest, sickest spell of my life. I wore out Pretzel Logic and Tull's War Child during those weeks at home, but forever branded them as the music of high fevers and low energy. Can't even hear Charlie Freak without revisiting that yucky place in my body's memory.

 

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Originally posted by Dave Bryce:

I find that during stressful times, there are certain pieces and/or genres of music to which I turn for comfort and solace. There are a few that always do the trick for me. I'm sure almost all of you have "comfort" music as well.

 

What pieces/songs/albums/artists can always be counted on to make you feel better?

 

dB

 

Anything thats slow and with some big fat B3 wailing in the background.

 "Let It Be!"

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Enya. Anything Enya.

 

I listen to it a lot at work. It's a very stressful environment, and it makes the day easier.

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I have a hifi set that plays mp3 cd's. And I have several cd's with all kind of songs in them (not full albums, just the "hits"). The cd tray has room for 3 rotating cd's (which, every now and then, I replace with another 3 from my mp3 cd collection :-). So I usually turn on the hifi, and just keep pressing the "next track" button until I find something that captures the way I'm feeling (3 mp3 cd's = about 400 songs, so it's always likely to find something...).

 

That said, I guess I like specially Sting, at least lately. Yesterday for instance I was listening to the Mercury Falling album (not the best from him in my opinion, but it has some good songs).

 

 

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The only music that's interesting to me now makes me sad, but sad in a good way. Everything else seems trivial.

 

Sting's "Nothing Like The Sun" album

Phill Collins' "Long Long Way To Go" song

Thomas Dolby's "I Love You Goodbye" song

 

I think I'll put on the Well-Tempered Klavier tonight, of perhaps A Musical Offering. This is a time that's beyond lyrics.

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BTW - in case any of you think the title of this thread is a typo, it isn't - that's the actual quote from William Congreve's "The Mourning Bride".

 

I wonder how it got misquoted as "music hath charms to soothe the savage beast" originally, anyway...maybe the idea of a savage breast was just too much to handle... http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/wink.gif

 

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It is interesting that there are some people who, when they feel down, play quiet music that may sympathize with their mood while others might prefer to play more uplifting music to try and change their mood.

 

Fascinating...

 

dB

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Originally posted by Dave Bryce:

I wonder how it got misquoted as "music hath charms to soothe the savage beast" originally, anyway...maybe the idea of a savage breast was just too much to handle... http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/wink.gif

 

dB

 

You're obviously talking about my ex. When did you meet her? http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/biggrin.gifhttp://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/smile.gifhttp://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/biggrin.gifhttp://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/smile.gifhttp://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Originally posted by Dave Bryce:

I wonder how it got misquoted as "music hath charms to soothe the savage beast" originally, anyway...maybe the idea of a savage breast was just too much to handle... http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/wink.gif

 

dB

 

Or for that matter how it got truncated:

 

Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,

To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

 

I've often softened a few rocks with my playing, haven't you? http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Music that soothes ? I can't say that I accually put something on the CD player and say " ok this will do the trick" .

I did hear Lee Greenwoods " Proud to be an American" today . That is a great song for the times we are in .

I also like " The Living Years" by Mike & the mechanics ......I lost my father 20 years ago this year . There are many things I didn't get a chance to say .

I do play in church periodically and sing in a Church Choir . Choral music that I have sang usually gives me a piece of mind . "How Great thou art" can still bring a tear to my eyes . dano

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I must be a glutton for wallowing in sorrow, since I found myself obsessively humming Beethoven's Pathetique on the way into work this morning.

 

Soothing stuff? I'll listen to Joni Mitchell and maybe some Steely Dan over the weekend if I feel up to it. Or perhaps I'll just find a nice pair of savage breasts to take my mind off things. http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/wink.gif

 

- Jeff

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