Most people associate instrumental and New Age music with meditation and relaxation, which is one reason spas utilize this music in treatment rooms and relaxation areas. I’ve come to realize, however, that listening to this soothing music can also be beneficial while doing work, reading, or just getting ready in the morning, which is what I’ve become accustomed to. Every morning when I wake up, I turn the television on to Comcast’s Music Choice channel called Soundscapes. Unlike the news, which is often depressing, starting my morning with the soothing sounds of nature and musical instruments, puts my mind at ease and helps me begin the day with a calm mind and spirit. Here are two newly released instrumental CDs that are sure to leave you and your mind feeling safe and sound.
Instrumental pianist Anne Trenning decided to call her album Watching for Rain (Shadetree Productions, 2009) as a metaphor indicating a time of hopeful anticipation, in other words, “for rain to come and refresh the earth, for growth and positive change to occur.” This album is sure to provide spiritual inspiration for all who listen to it.
Two Worlds One (New Earth Records, 2009) by Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter is an instrumental album featuring the Celtic folk harp and Swedish nyckelharpa combined with the rich sounds of acoustic instruments to create heartfelt songs such as “Gone Away” and “Walk With Me.”