Most Relaxing Song in History

This song, “Weightless,” by Marconi Union (see video) was scientifically designed to be the most relaxing of all time — do not listen while driving, or operating heavy machinery.  See news article.



Myth (2012)
by Beach House

music video

drifting in and out, see the road you’re on
you came rolling down the cheek
say just what you need
and in between it’s never as it seems

help me to make it
help me to make it

if you build yourself a myth
know just what to give
what comes after this
momentary bliss
consequence of what you do to me

help me to make it
help me to make it

found yourself in a new direction
eons far from the sun
can you come would they come to reach you
let you know you’re not the only one

can’t keep hanging on
to all that’s dead and gone
if you build yourself a myth
know just what to give
do you lie?
or let the ašhes fly

help me to make it
help me to make it


Thoreau @ Walden

see the full article

Many people remember the book Walden as the story of a hermit living in a hut who survived on twigs and berries in the Concord, Massachusetts woods. Its author, Henry David Thoreau, was no hermit, but a survivalist and philosopher who personified the best of American values of self-reliance, simplicity, love of the land, individualism and defense of personal liberty against governmental overreaching.

He lived simply on Walden Pond from 1845-1847 without a GPS, iPod, iPhone, laptop or wi-fi.

[ ] Thoreau’s principles are an overarching everyday strategy, holding that a life worth living depends upon remaining free and independent, living as autonomous men and women alert and able to confront, ignore, or go around obstacles in our way. [ ]

[ ]  Today few of us could replicate Thoreau’s life in a 10 x 15 foot cabin a mile from his closest neighbor. What we can do whether we live in New York City, Los Angeles, or in between is to think of Walden as a state of mind.

Walden’s principles and maxims are as relevant in 2012 as in 1853. In fact, times were remarkably similar to our world today. Global competition was common. Better quality German pencils nearly drove the Thoreau family pencil business under. The Panic of 1837 was as severe as our financial downturn today. A real estate bubble burst due to sub-prime lending, and real estate prices plummeted. Families lost jobs, spending power, and risked their savings as half the banks in America folded within weeks. The federal government, whose policies touched off the contagion, was growing in power and would continue piling on public debt. Even then, the U.S. government depended upon foreign countries to finance its operations.

As the nation entered the industrial revolution, Walden was Thoreau’s challenge to a society forgetting cultural values and practices of the first Americans such as self- reliance, thrift, and the importance of the family.  [ ]

Random Songs

Sad Eyes” (1979), Robert John

What the World Needs Now Is Love” (1965), Jackie DeShannon

“I Could Be Happy” (1981), Altered Images

“I Know What Boys Like” (1982), The Waitresses

No Promises” (1986), Icehouse

This Is Not America” (1985), David Bowie, Pat Metheny (longer version)

Promised You a Miracle” (1982), Simple Minds

Sky High” (1975), Jigsaw

“If There Was a Man” (1987), The Pretenders

“The Scientist” (2003), Coldplay

Desperado” (1973), The Eagles

Time to Say Goodbye” (Con te partiro) (1996), Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli

Theme from Harry’s Game” (1982), Clannad

Mad World” (2009), Adam Lambert

Numb” (2003), Linkin Park

Higher Ground” (1989), Red Hot Chili Peppers

Lucky Star” (1983), Madonna

Sexy Back” (2009), Justin Timberlake

Cool” (2005), Gwen Stefani

Born to be Wild” (1969), Steppenwolf, in Easy Rider

California Dreamin'” (1965), The Mamas & The Papas