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Relaxation time: song suggestions? What's your favorite "relaxing" song?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I was just wondering if I could have your guys' help creating a "relaxing" playlist. Not for yoga- not that kind of meditative relaxation (I don't need whale calls and stuff), but more for just going for a long walk. I'm sure a lot of my paleo peeps go for long walks, so if you could share some tracks that you find relaxing to listen to while walking it would be helpful.

Currently, the first song on the playlist is "Fields of Gold" by Sting.

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on May 31, 2013
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Nice list! Some I love, and some I need to check out. Thanks! (Listening right now to "June Hymn" from the Decemberists)

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at 11:05 PM

Since you have Spotify you could take a look at my Classical/Relaxation playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/god0fgod/playlist/7cEmLbekkuQlS5CjLIrnGV

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on May 29, 2013
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@ CD: Cool man thanks. I just checked them out. Portuguese. interesting. Not bad.

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I have Spotify premium and I tried the "feilds of gold" radio but it's really not very good. Probably this is because fields of gold is the only Sting song I actually like. haha. But I used that as an example because it's famous enough that people know it and can probably understand the type of "vibe" i'm looking for. None of that yogi crap they play in studios haha. no offense to any yogi's that might read this.

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If you like to walk or workout with music in your ears, you might want to check out Spotify and become a "premium member." You could then create a radios station based upon that song after installing the spotify app on your smart phone.

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someone around here often suggests GNR. I forgot who it was though...

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on June 14, 2013
at 08:24 PM

you must check this one out :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4Lje7G4R_s

Instrumental but speaks volumes! Its so positive and uplifting. Reverberates and echos the beauty and magnificence of nature to me... nuthing like it on a sunny summers day. Culminates exquisitely.

:) followed by this one.. picks up where the other leaves off-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq52BiBv6d4

"Let it begin with me. Brand new day, Fresh new way to live, The mornin' is callin' Walk with me into the sun" Here's my hand Reaching out to you Take it, darlin' And lead me on, yeah. Everything is comin' our way Everything is comin' our way

more you might already be familiar with "oye come va" and "Black Magic woman"

Have a listen to the first 2..hope you enjoy :) ~

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on May 29, 2013
at 06:57 PM

A song that always relaxes and calms me down is "Any Other Name" by Thomas Newman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIjWaulrLjs

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on May 31, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Amos Lee is amazing for relaxing and definitely my favorite along with James Morrison. :)

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on May 31, 2013
at 10:54 AM

Brian Eno's Music for Airports might be a little too chill for your purposes, but I certainly love it and find it very relaxing.

I have a recording of the Bach Cello suites played on Double Bass by bassist Mark Bernat. It's pretty awesome.

Kristen Hersh's Strange Angels

Nick Drake--I have Way to Blue, which is a compilation album.

Peter Gabriel's Passion, which is the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ

Certain REM, like Murmur or Automatic for the People

Soundtrack to Nenette et Boni by the Tindersticks

Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway

Simon and Garfunkel

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on May 30, 2013
at 11:12 PM

Exlposions in the Sky....They are the background to the "How Bad Do You Want It?" Video that is a huge hit for motivation. The music without the monologue is very relaxing, especially for walking.

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on May 30, 2013
at 06:44 PM

The Beatles - Mother Nature's Son

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on May 30, 2013
at 05:36 AM

I like to vibe with country/alt country such as Gillian Welch, Justin Townes Earle, Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, Kathleen Edwards, Whiskeytown, Son Volt, Magnolia Electric Co., and Jolie Holland. Also chill out to miscellaneous stuff like Red House Painters, Joy Division, the Cure, Catherine Wheel, Slowdive, Adorable, the Chameleons, the Sound, and Death in June (more the neo-folk material).

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on May 31, 2013
at 10:48 AM

Nice list! Some I love, and some I need to check out. Thanks! (Listening right now to "June Hymn" from the Decemberists)

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on May 30, 2013
at 04:37 AM

Bon Iver- Blood Bank, Stars- Undertow, Damien Rice- Delicate, and pretty much anything by James Taylor.

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on May 30, 2013
at 03:27 AM

All those warm nights at Ravinia bring back memories of Oscar Peterson and Bruce Hornsby pouring out their lyric piano lines...no particular song, just a primal flow...Night Train is a good Peterson album...

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on May 30, 2013
at 03:13 AM

Dead Can Dance has a nice collection...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQJ60TZy9b4

...as well as solo works from Brendan Perry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFt-BLWpqAA

Cellist, David Darling also has a beautiful collection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBYmIf9qUH8

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on May 29, 2013
at 11:42 PM

Journeyman by Iron Maiden, Goodnight Demonslayer by Voltaire, Skalds and Shadows by Blind Guardian

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on May 29, 2013
at 07:26 PM

Jessica Curry - I Have Begun my Ascent

That may actually be a bit TOO relaxing for a walk. Perhaps some psybient music? A la Aes Dana or Shpongle? Pretty far from Sting, but also not the whale calls.

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on May 29, 2013
at 06:32 PM

I'm on Fire. Very remniscent of "fields of gold" but with a great female lead

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