Calm Music

There is nothing more soothing than falling asleep to music. I actually can’t seem to sleep well without it. Every night turn on my radio and plug in my ipod and not only do I fall asleep to music but I listen to it all night and wake up to music. I can’t fall asleep to just any music. Normally I have to listen to music with very few instruments. Normally when I select music to sleep with and just calm, soothing music in general it includes guitar almost always. It includes percussion, but if it is a drum set it is exclusive having only and snare, bass, hi-hat and floor tom. The drummer also plays with brushes or cane instead of real wooden sticks. Sometimes there is a bass and even less often a harmonica. But what really sets calm music aside from the rest of most music are its vocals and its beat/speed. The vocals from my favorite sleeping artists have deep, slow voices. The tempo must be slow, the time signature does not matter so much as the actual speed of the song. Jack Johnson embodies the element of calm music better than anyone else I’ve ever heard does. One of his most popular albums is sleep through the static. Ironically this is the perfect music to pass out to. The lyrics that Johnson writes are also calming.  Its calming to try and piece them together, there really is no way to do it, but just thinking about it helps me to fall asleep.

what you’re trying to prove

Because it’s a battle when you dabble in war
You store it up, unleash it, then you piece it together
Whether the storm drain running rampant just stamp it
And send it to somebody who’s pretending to care

Just cash in your blanks for little toy tanks
Learn how to use them, then abuse them and choose them
Over conversations relationships are overrated
“I hated everyone” said the sun

And so I will cook all your books
You’re too good looking and mistooken
You could watch it instead
From the comfort of your burning beds
…Or you can sleep through the static

Who needs sleep when we’ve got love?
Who needs keys when we’ve got clubs?
Who needs please when we’ve got guns?
Who needs peace when we’ve gone above
But beyond where we should have gone?
We went beyond where we should have gone

Stuck between channels my thoughts all quit
I thought about them too much, allowed them to touch
The feelings that rained down on the plains all dried and cracked
Waiting for things that never came

Shock and awful thing to make somebody think
That they have to choose pushing for peace supporting the troops
And either you’re weak or you’ll use brut force-feed the truth
The truth is we say not as we do

We say anytime, anywhere, just show your teeth and strike the fear
Of god wears camouflage, cries at night and drives a dodge
Pick up the beat and stop hogging the feast
That’s no way to treat an enemy

Well mighty mighty appetite
We just eat ’em up and keep on driving
Freedom can be freezing take a picture from the pretty side
Mind your manners wave your banners
What a wonderful world that this angle can see

But who needs to see what we’ve done?
Who needs please when we’ve got guns?
Who needs keys when we’ve got clubs?
Who needs peace when we’ve gone above
But beyond where we should have gone?
Beyond where we should have gone
We went beyond where we should have gone
Beyond where we should have gone

 

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  1. I really enjoyed your explanation of “sleep music”..I could not get the video to play, so your posting of the lyrics helped. I think it would be nice if you would put a final thought after the music/lyrics. Maybe explain one line?
    FROM RUBRIC:
    written in a somewhat interesting style and voice; words chosen mostly reflect author’s personality and brings content to life for the most part; sentence fluency is mostly achieved;gives some new information on the topic

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