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Musical Cures for Stress

Musical Cures for Stress

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I work with music on all the time, but as we near the end of Jan, I tend to lean on old faithfuls to get me through.  If I have to type manically I play aggressive trance and techno and when I need musical wallpaper have a Spotify playlist comprising 72 hours of Tangerine Dream.  But for blasting through as midnight approaches in an empty office building, there's nothing quite like hard rock - Rainbow, Led Zeppelin et al.  Any other suggestions?

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By ShirleyM
20th Jan 2012 09:51

I use fast music for housework, not for office work

I often play Queen or Meat Loaf, but my favourite for housework is the William Tell Overture  ... and I imagine I am the Lone Ranger galloping over the plains :)

The downside is that things get broken occasionally!

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By Nichola Ross Martin
20th Jan 2012 10:59

Remy Zero "Save Me"

I downloaded this - the theme to Smallville as a bit of a joke, but found that I liked the band and started getting into their other stuff. So it does the trick in relaxing just because it is nice to find a new band.

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By mn2taxhbj
20th Jan 2012 12:48

Depends on what Im doing, what the client is like

For brown paper bag jobs its definitely mood control music - Rod Stewart's American Songbook or Faith Hill.

Meat Loaf is a good shout for post midnight work - gets the blood going and therefor the brain

 

 

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By ACDWebb
20th Jan 2012 13:11

Large quantities of

unknown, and current prog - presently a Swedish band called Moon Safari

There I have 'fessed

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By John Stokdyk
20th Jan 2012 13:18

Spotify playlist - Songs for Self Assessment season

Ah... Memories. Glad to see that the Rock tradition is still strong on Aweb.

Two years ago, when we were flush with excitement at this new Spotify thingy, we compiled an interactive playlist in the Born Dull!? discussion group called Songs for Self Assessment Season.

The playlist is still there on Spotify if you want do sample its delights. The one proviso I would make is that it might distract you a little - it's a very eclectic mix and there are some quite funny ones that lure you into listening closely to the lyrics.

For late night return blasting, it might be better to stick to your usual heavy rock diet. I find Planet Rock quite therapeutic on such occasions.

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By Jimess
20th Jan 2012 14:13

Showing my age but.....

Moody Blues - I have every single album of theirs on my ipod and just set it to shuffle.  Great stuff..... love the Brummie bands!

Nice de-stressers are Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris.  Bit more upbeat - Terry Reid, Free and Steve Forbert.  Feeling philosophical? -  a bit of Dylan or Cat Stevens (or Yusuf as he is known now).  Toe tappers - well I guess it's Journey, Poco and Styx.  Feeling really frustrated - OK Led Zep gets it out of the system everytime.

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By John Stokdyk
20th Jan 2012 15:03

Terry Reid??

Wow, Jim - it's a long time since I heard that name. "Superlungs" was the guy Jimmy Page wanted to sing in Led Zeppelin, but after turning that gig down, he never quite lived up to his legendary status in the 1960s.

I got to see him in Bristol a year or two ago. It was clear that the intervening decades have not been kind to him or his voice, but it was still a nice night out. When the SA playlist finishes, I might switch to the first side of his 'River' album - a high point of West Coast soul/rock - partly due to the slide guitar playing of my hero, David Lindley.

Thanks for the reiminder - and your recommendations for Krauss, Welch and Harris are worth the money too. It may be a while before I work my way round to the Moodies...

 

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By Jimess
21st Jan 2012 11:56

Terry Reid

I love  "To be Treated Rite" on his "Seed of Memory" album.  By far the best album he ever did in my opinion, he uses his vocal range really well on it.  I think he would have made a much better vocal for Led Zep than Robert Plant but that is the way life goes!  He did an acoustic of To Be Treated Rite on TOGWT a looooooong time ago and I have been a fan of his ever since.  I did not realise he was still doing the circuits.  Last time I saw him live was in the 70's. 

Also really into John Martyn, Richie Havens, Nick Drake (really wish he had lived to create a lot more brilliant music), Steve Winwood and Peter Green.  Love performers who can do great acoustic. Not forgetting the fabulous Joni Mitchell.

The Moodies are my teen years - saw them first on stage at my local ABC cinema - think about 1972 ish. Saw them play live many times after that and they just got better and better.  Last time was in Nottingham last year - they look a bit wrinkled but still able to knock out some great stuff.

Memories eh!!

Back to the SA returns.......

 

BTW - if you like Gillian Welch look out for Iris De Ment - great voice.

 

  

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By ShirleyM
20th Jan 2012 15:23

My age group too

I saw the Moody Blues live in my youth.

Do you remember Long John Baldry, Righteous Brothers, the Kinks, Small Faces, Animals, and of course the Beatles & Stones. We saw them all live :)

Ahhhh, those were the days my friend (Mary Hopkins!).

EDIT: remembering more ... Dave Clark Five, Manfred Mann, Hermann's Hermits ... I could go on forever ... but I won't!

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By Jimess
21st Jan 2012 16:20

Remembering....

Shirley M

Oh yes - Have all of those.  That era for music was so evocative,

Oh Mary Hopkins and her lovely voice - yes.

Janis Ian and that fantastic ballad "Seventeen", and the ever fabulous Dusty Springfield.

Sigh.....

Back to tax returns!

 

 

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By jonsa
27th Jan 2012 12:56

Memories

Must be my age group too ShirleyM.  I was a big Kinks fan then.  Do not listen to music at the office, but if I did, now more likely to follow tomriv801 with his Brahms, Mendelson and Chopin. 

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By tomriv801
21st Jan 2012 17:27

music

Brahms, Mendelson and Chopin.

Believe me.

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By tomriv801
22nd Jan 2012 02:21

alternatives

the national anthem by the massed bands of the royal marines and the gusrds regiments and land of 'ope and glory.

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By ShirleyM
21st Jan 2012 21:00

Modern classical

My current favourite composition for calmness and relaxation ...

Morricone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixby9BzJfEo

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By Nigel Harris
27th Jan 2012 12:02

Taxman does it for me

The Beatles version if I'm feeling fairly relaxed, Stevie Ray Vaughan's version if I need to step up a gear!

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By dwgw
27th Jan 2012 12:28

Sorry to be pedantic but ...

... as her name's come up twice, I have to - she is and was Mary Hopkin, not Hopkins.

If it's serenity you want, Brian Eno - especially the celestial An Ending (Ascent) - or Sigur Ros will usually do it, perhaps something choral (Thomas Tallis - Spem In Allium) or Gregorian chant.

I love discovering new music but return regularly to my "Festival in Heaven" - Talking Heads, the Smiths, Joy Division, Television, Roxy Music, Dylan, Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Bowie, Emmylou Harris, 10,000 Maniacs, some reggae (Culture, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs or heavy dub) or soul (Motown, Atlantic, Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack or 70s Philadelphia).

If I'm feeling raucous or angular then it's Gang of Four, Iggy & The Stooges, Public Image Ltd - basically the stuff my wife doesn't like to hear.

Bit of classical, opera or jazz too but pretty limited in my knowledge & appreciation of those.

I want to go home now and switch on the Brennan! 

 

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By MartinLevin
27th Jan 2012 13:26

Hospital Internet Radio

www.TheJumboSound.com

especially on a Monday at 8pm - Music & Comedy - with all those songs that we were brought up with - and can have a sing-a-long.

(Sometimes available on a Listen Again link)

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By ryedaleman
27th Jan 2012 14:14

WE7

They create your own play lists

based on what you have listened to a previous few weeks

Cheers

Stewart

Currently Taylor Swift/Willie Nelson/ColdPlay/Elbow/Keane etc etc

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By dwgw
27th Jan 2012 18:17

Playlists are all very well but ...

... how do you then ever get to hear anything new?

A regular dose of unfamiliar's what you need to stay young! 

 

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By ryedaleman
28th Jan 2012 09:43

New Music

dwgw wrote:

... how do you then ever get to hear anything new?

A regular dose of unfamiliar's what you need to stay young! 

 

 

WE7 also prmotes new music I was listening to artists nominated for the Brits the other day so I do get up to date music as well

and  Adele who should have gone on my original list

 

Cheers

Ryedaleman

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By Old Greying Accountant
27th Jan 2012 18:55

Two currently for me

My old favourite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_L0m1vYrmk 

and a contemporary one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdsvf04XEjU&feature=BFa&list=PL23DDEBC332F71740&lf=mh_lolz

Agree with dwgw to a degree, but youtube play lists give you similar ones you might like and following the links can take you on wonderous musical journeys.

Also, Absolute radio in the car is a must, all the old classics plus best of the new contenders - ideal!

 

 

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By MarionMorrison
27th Jan 2012 21:01

Spotify is a wonderful resource for the most bizarre as well as the very familiar.  I now listen to a whole lot more unfamiliar stuff.  Try Beirut, Fink, Glass Pear, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, The Kissaway Trail, The Mountain Goats, Still Corners, Washed Out, Flunk, Hooverphonic and the wonderfully bizarre We Show Up On Radar.

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By dwgw
30th Jan 2012 11:39

Thanks for the tip

Have been meaning to try Spotify but hadn't heard of WE7.

I already know and like a couple of those bands MM - will listen out for the others, especially the ones with the great names!

Cheers

 

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By fpurves
30th Jan 2012 13:45

one for those moments when you need

... that extra incentive to keep going.

Chumba-wumba " I get knocked down - but I get up again"

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By Old Greying Accountant
03rd Feb 2012 13:18
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