For some, there is nothing more relaxing in the evening than laying your head down on a good pillow, sinking onto your mattress, putting on headphones, and listening to soft, calming music. Listening to music is a preferred method of before-bed relaxation for many people. Certain music is calming and that makes listening to music an ideal activity to do before bed or while you fall asleep. Here are five albums that are particularly calming:
- “Solo Piano” by Phillip Glass - Five connected pieces of piano motif. Thirty minutes long, Philip Glass’ "Solo Piano" is not too long, it's mesmerizing, and incredibly relaxing. Ironically, the five Metamorphosis pieces are based on Franz Kafka’s short story, also entitled "Solo Piano", in which Kafka writes about his symbolic associations and struggles with insomnia.
- “Ambient 1: Music for Airports” by Brian Eno - Brian Eno’s “Ambient 1: Music for Airports” is abstract and minimalist. It is comprised of four long tracks with looped instruments.
- “Agaetis Byrjun” by Sigur Ros - Sigur Ros combines orchestral pieces, electric guitar, and an Icelandic vocal into an ideal enchanting and dreamlike atmosphere. The second track “Svefn-g-englar” (which translates into English as “Sleeping Angel”) is ten minutes long, and followed by the ethereal “Staralfur” it may well be enough to send you into a blissful sleep.
- “Let It Come Down” by James Iha - "Let It Come Down" is an album comprised of acoustic guitar songs that have a beautiful mellow theme. This album embodies the sound of what being at peace with life sounds like.
- “Nightbook” by Ludovico Einaudi - Einaudi wrote “Nightbook” with the theme of nighttime in mind. It is a beautiful representation of the feel of the night. Although Einaudi’s usual style is solo piano, this album contains synth and percussion as well, creating a more enveloping sound.
Do you have any favorite songs or albums to listen to while you relax before bed?