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1delphi First Message
Apr 19, 2007, 10:42pm

When I read the Bible or anything with a spiritual bent, I often listen to New Age music. The most meditative CD that I have is "Sky of Mind" by Ray Lynch. It is very peaceful and beautiful.

I also listen to natural sounds such as rain or ocean surf.

I would like to hear about your favorite albums that have a serene ambiance; suitable for meditation, prayer, reading... candlelight dinners, massage, long romantic evenings... This always happens when I read the "Song of Solomon". ;-)

2vpfluke
Edited: Apr 19, 2007, 11:29pm

For me to really enjoy music while reading, particularly if its spiritual, the music must have a strong tonic center, otherwise the music sounds endless to me. This might be because I'm older. So, lots of classical music is ok, but some 20th century is not. Steve Halpern is someone who sound endless, and I need music that resolves. On the other hand, someone like Lisa Gerrard or Loreena McKennit works fine for me.
Bob Campbell

3annabethblue
Apr 20, 2007, 11:32pm

I normally always go for Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Violin or the Cello Suites when I read the spiritual type works.

I find recordings of natural sounds to be unnerving...but if they are live, actual sounds (such as sitting on the beach), the sounds do not bother me at all. I rather enjoy them. There is just something about the recordings that don't sit well with me.

I have a couple of New Age music CD's, but I can't say I've ever found it meditative. I know I'm weird...but some of it actually makes me restless. :)

Now, if we are talking about something like E.S. Posthumus - which is New Age-yish...:) I do like that, but it's not so much meditative as it is inspiring.

Bach is the most meditative music I've ever encountered. I don't think anything will ever top Bach. It's just perfection to me. :)

4sikarian
Apr 21, 2007, 5:38pm

There seems to be a wide variety of music labelled "New Age". I find the music of some New Age artists quite annoying. They can be simplistic, repetitive or jarring. Other artists are excellent, talented composers and musicians.

One of the best is sadly no longer with us, guitarist Michael Hedges. I recommend his album "Aerial Boundaries" very highly. Great for listening or for background music.

5waterlily
Apr 24, 2007, 6:55pm

Have you tried Gregorian Chants? There are quite a few different recordings, the most famous probably being "Chant" by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. Hildegard von Bingen is also well known and readily available.

6archerygirl
Apr 26, 2007, 10:44am

#5 waterlily: I often listen to Gregorian Chants when I'm reading or writing. They're calming and undistracting, but just enough to block the rest of the world out.

7vpfluke
Edited: Apr 28, 2007, 5:16pm

For other chants, there are:

Anglican chants, although these are frequently sung in harmony (and so more distracting) and are hard to find.

Taize chants are very nice, these come from a ecumenical (mostly Reformed Protestant and Roman Catholic) monastery in the Burgundy area of France, but there are a number of English language recordings.

World music chants. Many different cultures. I particularly like Armenian chants, some people like Indian/Hindu chants.

Bob Campbell

8kayaalder
Apr 28, 2007, 3:44pm

I also love chant. Some other suggestions: I have a Richard Souther cd of the music of Hildegard von Bingen (can't recall the name right off, sorry) that it wonderful. Also, Anonymous 4 has a cd entitled An English Ladymass which is lovely. These all have a biblical basis in their lyrics.

As to general New Age, I love David Arkenstone, David Lanz, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Diane Arkenstone, Loreena McKennitt, George Winston, Brian Dunning and Jeff Johnson.

9sikarian
Apr 28, 2007, 4:24pm

kayaalder, you listed several artists that I enjoy. My favorite David Arkenstone album is "Valley in the Clouds", although I have not kept current with his latest work.

George Winston's album "December" is superb. It has a bit of a Christmas slant, but I listen to it any time of year. Both of these are excellent to read by.

10Vanye
May 18, 2007, 4:04pm

Just got a new CD called 'Illuminated Manuscripts' by Fritz Heene. It is great music to read by.

11buchleser
May 20, 2008, 12:23pm

There are several programs from the radio show "Hearts of Space" that fit this description. Depending on your tastes, the programs range from classical through trance, and they're all about an hour long without commercials.

12vpfluke
Edited: May 20, 2008, 2:53pm

I looked up Fritz Heede's CD on Amazon, and it looks like it's worth buying.

Vanye, do you put CD's into LT?

13Vanye
Jun 6, 2008, 12:07am

No, I have only catalogued books & audio books in LT. 8^)