Given CH's FKB this week, is there a particular song or genre that relieves your stress or helps put you back in a functional state of mind?

Not holding myself to anything, but somewhere back in the day while deployed I pulled a burned CD of Jimmy Buffet songs out of a care package. I've never been much of a beach guy, though I love a good lake day, but listening to Jimmy Buffet will dial me down a bit.

8 thoughts on “FMD – SELF-CARE MUSIC”

  1. Holy Hanna. Buffet's been doing his thing for...looks at fingers...40 years. Hope that's been as much fun as I imagine it would be.

  2. Back in 1987 a girl broke up with me who I thought was "the one." XTC' Skylarking got me out my funk. Don't ask why, but it did. I've mentioned a number of times that Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane over the Sea was played a lot that summer after my wife died.

    Jesus Christ Pose by Soundgarden will ALWAYS get me up and ready to go.

  3. When I need to calm myself, I listen to this [maddeningly short] masterpiece on repeat:

    Buffett works for me too - I have a Pandora station seeded with him, Marley, Zac Brown Band, Stan Getz, Tosh, Chesney and a few others which gets a lot of play, especially June-Aug.
    BTW, Buffett's in town tomorrow night at Target Field w/ the Eagles. Last time I listened to music in the rain, it also cost about $150.

    1. I use On Your Shore, myself. Good choice though.

      When it comes to the different emotional spectrums of music, you can't miss with soundtracks. Some that come to mind:
      I Built Myself a Life -- Mark Isham, Life as a House
      The Sixth Station -- Joe Hisaishi, Spirited Away
      The Death of Falstaff -- Patrick Doyle, Henry V
      Swimming -- James Newton Howard, Waterworld
      None of Them are You -- Thomas Newman, The Adjustment Bureau
      Theme from "Harry's Game" -- Clannad, Harry's Game

      There are also great classical pieces by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Gerald Finzi that are wonderfully calming

  4. 1. Moby “Guitar Flute and String”* Play
    2. Current 93 “With Flowers in the Garden of Fires” Baalstorm, Sing Omega
    3. Pitbull feat. Ke$ha* “Timber” Timber (single)
    4. Einstürzende Neubauten “Alles (Ein Stück im alten Stil)”* Silence Is Sexy
    5. Ambrosia Parsley/Shivaree “Everybody Came” For the Kids Too!

    6. Sturgill Simpson “In Bloom”* A Sailor's Guide to Earth
    7. Massive Attack feat. Martina Topley-Bird “Teardrop” Live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic*
    8. Mix Master Mike “Radiation” Anti-theft Device
    9. The Weepies “Old Coyote” Hideaway
    T. Tracey Thorn “Oh! The Divorces!” Love And Its Opposite

    1. Yes, that (lack of) punctuation.

    3. We bought a new (used) minivan at the end of May, and it came with 3 months of Sirius XM radio. We're not going to re-up that (it costs more than Netflix IIRC), but I've been surprized to find Pitbull's curated channel "Globalization" (Ch. 13) is my favorite. Mostly pop songs in English and Spanish with subtle dance mixes giving them a bit of Reggaeton vibe, on continuous mix. Reminds me of what KDWB used to play on Friday and Saturday nights (but with the Reggaeton flavor). Kindof what I thought/hoped the Diplo channel would be. So, while I may not actually like Pitbull's own music much ("Timber" excepted, but I consider it more Ke$ha regrettably featuring Pitbull) , he's got pretty good taste (for radio).

    4. Sounds like Blixa is singing my middle daughter AJR's name.

    6. Nirvana cover

    7. Ripped from Youtube

  5. 1. Keep On Loving YouREO Speedwagon
    2. Rocket ManMe First & the Gimme Gimmes
    3. La SurfAuthority Zero
    4. Wasting Time Dave Matthews Band
    5. Father of MineEverclear

    6. Vincent Campbell's/The Swaggerin' Jig/The Holly BushMatt Molloy & Seán Keane
    7. FallingSemisonic
    8. Chances AreJohnny Mathis
    9. Blind MaryGnarles Barkley
    10. January HymnThe Decemberists

    B1. You Might ThinkThe Cars


    01. “Eyes” – IceageNew Brigade
    02. “Controversy” – PrinceControversy
    03. “Five-O Ford” – Reverend Horton HeatLiquor In The Front
    04. “I’m Not Waiting” – Sleater-KinneyCall The Doctor
    05. “Eronel (Take 3) – Thelonious MonkCriss-Cross
    06. “Humanize – LizzoBig GRRRL Small World
    07. “Knife” – Grizzly BearYellow House
    08. “Death” – Viet CongViet Cong
    09. “Hallelujah Chorus” – DeerhoofReveille
    10. “afraid of me” – gobbinjrocala wick


  7. I feel like since I mentioned music yesterday as a self-care thing, I should talk about it here too. I don't really have a specific go-to though. So long as it is music that I enjoy, it tends to work for self-care. It usually ends up being pop/rock, with sort of an indie flair, but oldies work well too, sometimes classical or jazz, plenty of American Songbook/Sinatra, some showtunes, etc. Just so long as I'm enjoying it in the moment it tends to get the job done.

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