Comfort music

So, not to put too fine a point on it, I’m having a hard day. It happens. I’m so much better at finding my way out of this thicket than I used to be.

One thing that helps is comfort music, the aural equivalent of comfort food. The stuff that makes me feel better, no matter what.

I’ve mentioned some of these here before, but it’s nice to have them all in one place, maybe. First, Les Barricades Mystérieuses by François Couperin. Here it is on guitar, although I like it best on harpsichord (piano kind of leaves me cold – I’m a little bit fussy about the texture of this piece).

Second, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto. Baroque for when you’re feeling broken, haha.

Third… hold on, I’m still listening to the Corelli. O, that cello continuo.

All right, I’ll come back later with more. Probably. What are your most reliable go-to comfort pieces?


6 Comments on “Comfort music”

  1. I could pick a number of pieces by Anthony Phillips. ‘Bitter Suite’ is a good one. ‘Beach Runner’ is another.

  2. Debra says:

    I’d love to say something classical and / or obscure. But it’s The Alessi Brothers singing ‘Oh, Lori.’ God Bless the 70’s 🙂

  3. There’s a French accordionist named Rémi Geffroy who has some pieces on Youtube (with cello and guitar) that I find very comforting. Particularly “Elle,” “Un jour en Normandie,” and “Au bord de l’eau.”

  4. Arvo Pärt’s Spiegle im Spiegle. It gets me feeling again, gets me centered. And when I need movement, the Vancouver group Pacifika.

  5. Malinda says:

    Anything 21 pilots because it acknowledges that life is hard, but also has this bleak sort of optimism because it reminds you that when things get hard there is a loving God you can fall into

  6. Kate says:

    Anything by the Avett Brothers, especially February Seven, since my second oldest brother introduced me to it, and it makes him seem near


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