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26 January 2011 @ 12:49 am
mix: lay down your troubles  
Some time ago, I promised barefoottomboy a mix of soothing instrumentals for those times when you feel lost, or unable to think clearly, or simply need to study. I tried to select songs that are both comforting (nothing that sounds too sad, I hope, and nothing ragged-edged or very dark) and interesting, the kinds of songs that tell little wordless stories in your head, follow the notes and melodies deep into thought and imagination. I've split it in two parts: Morning, which is warmer, a little busier, a little more golden, for breakfasting and daydreaming and gently waking, more guitar and violin and cello; and Evening, bluer-toned songs, gentler and softer, mostly piano-centred, for slipping into sleep and starlit reveries.


1. legions (reverie) | zoë keating
2. human orchestra | mark bradshaw
3. suite no. 1 in g for solo cello: prelude | johann sebastian bach
4. flower duet | léo debiles
5. waltz of the flowers (string quartet) | pyotr ilyich tchaikovsky
6. joy and simple gifts | john williams
7. jesu joy of man's desiring | druidstone
8. a kazakh melody | abigail washburn & the sparrow quartet
9. scarlet threads and silver needles | the owl service and alison o'donnell
10. angie | bert jansch
11. milkwhite sheets | isobel campbell
12. the road ahead | sarah meholick
13. the swell season | the swell season
14.| andrew bird
15. lille (instrumental version) | lisa hannigan



1. waking hour | vienna teng
2. emer's dream | colm mac con iomaire
3. polly's dress | hem
4. comtine d'un autre ete: l'apres midi | yann tiersen
5. dancing close again (in karin's warm kitchen) | linford detweiler
6. tyme | akira kosemura
7. ljósið | ólafur arnalds
8. we put a pearl in the ground | st. vincent
9. reverie | claude debussy
10. 1983 | danny norbury
11. night: snow | george winston
12. nocturne no.1 in b flat major | frédéric chopin
13. opus 36 | dustin o'halloran
14. from gardens where we feel secure | virginia astley
15. my dream of you | solas
♫: "tyme", akira kosemura
fuck this, everybody is constellations now: asoiaf | you're shiveringvega_ofthe_lyre on January 26th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
These look gorrrrrrrgeous, hon, I'm looking forward to listening!
Dancing to a Symphonyglenvorian on January 26th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
Do you have any info on sarah meholick? I can't find out anything...
the love song of j. aimee prufrocke: evangeline | revelsfaeriemaiden on January 26th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
Heeeee, yes, she's one of my best friends, and you can listen to and/or buy her music here. :D
Dancing to a Symphonyglenvorian on January 26th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhhh. :D

Have you heard of Adam Hurst, by the way? He's not my type of music but I think you'd like his stuff...
Amysuch_heights on January 26th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
Oooh, taking both of these, thank you!
Little English Bug.fly_to_dawn on January 26th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
This is lovely ♥
ramblin' girl: my heart fills up like a balloonbarefoottomboy on January 26th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)

Downloading right now, very excited to listen to these soon. :-D

the sun’s been quite kind.cherise on January 27th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
What a lovely, lovely post, dear! I'm so enjoying the mix of classical and contemporary. One note, though - 6. joy and simple gifts | john williams should be "Air and Simple Gifts." :) Oh and one another thing: Comtine in the Yann Tiersen is actually Comptine ... I do remember correcting that in my iTunes aaaages ago; perhaps we had the same file? ♥
Sarahburningstarsxe on January 27th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)

Rwanderlight on January 31st, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Words cannot express how excited I am to download this, Jo.
Sarah: La fille est françaiseothergoose on February 8th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Agh, I love this. I have been listening to "Emer's Dream" pretty much non-stop, and am now off to find more Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Thank you!
there and back againrivendells on April 5th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I love the idea of morning and evening themed mixes, and this is beautiful. ♥ Downloading, thank you so much! :)
Sooraj RajSooraj Raj on August 17th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
I love your mixes! Are you married?! ;)