Sometimes, when we are in need of relaxation, a moment of reprieve from the weight and pace of our schedules, our brains and bodies can’t simply get off the treadmill of the day and let go. When I'm in need of something to salve and ease what can feel like the untouchable stresses on my mind and body, this is when I’ll turn to music.
Slowing the Mind: Reich, Garbarek, Richter & Johannson
I might try the gentle, steady energy of Steve Reich that will meet my buzzing brain, and steer it into open, clear space. Perhaps the sense of journey I get from a heartbeat-like pulse in Jan Garbarek’s Where the Rivers Meet will take me where I need to go. Sometimes I just need something that will slow my thoughts and breath – in this case Max Richter and Johann Johannson are the absolute masters of timelessness, holding the space with sonority and harmony, creating a sense of eternity.