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De-stress songs

Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot

These next two weeks will be very stressful, for me that is because of one thing: AP tests. Half of my classes are AP classes, so I have a lot of big tests coming up. So what did I decide to do? I made a playlist of some albums that I consider very relaxing, namely:

Home, by The Dixie Chicks
Fly, by The Dixie Chicks
My One And Only Thrill, by Melody Gardot
Sara Watkins, by Sara Watkins
Real Live Woman, by Trisha Yearwood
Hearts In Armor, by Trisha Yearwood
The Life Of A Song, by Joey + Rory
Dreaming My Dreams, by Patty Loveless
On Your Way Home, by Patty Loveless

(Click the links to hear the albums on

These albums have enough superb ballads (“Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)”, “Hearts In Armor”, “Sweet Emmylou” and “Everything But The Words” to name a few) that shuffling them together makes for an incredible mood and a great relaxing playlist. Adding to it, it’s all quality music from top-notch artists, making for a great listening experience. The one artist that you might not recognize from my list is Melody Gardot, she’s a jazz artist who released her second album this past week- she’s fantastic.

So this made me think, what do you think some really relaxing songs/albums are? Any particular artists that are really relaxing?

So now I want your relaxing music! I could sure use it over the next 2 weeks…

5 responses to “De-stress songs

  1. Erik May 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Shelby Lynne’s newest album is the most relaxing album I’ve heard. She could sing me to sleep every night.

  2. J.R. Journey May 3, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Since you’ve already hit on Trisha Yearwood and I think she’s made some of the best ‘relax after a hard day’ music there is, I will recommend two albums that I play when the day has been decidedly long for me.

    The first is Alan Jackson’s Like Red On A Rose album. It’s very moody at times, and more adult contemporary than anything Alan has ever done, but I find it very enjoyable when I’m in the mood for it.

    Also, while it’s highly melancholy, Reba’s For My Broken Heart CD also gives off a very serene and restful vibe.

  3. Michael May 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    A few that I like to relax to are Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Come On Come On, the various artist compilation Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way, Sarah McLachlan’s Surfacing, Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits and John Mayer’s Heavier Things. I’ve also been known to fall asleep (with a smile on my face) while listening to some of Vince Gill’s and the Judds’ CDs.

  4. Mike K May 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    One that came to mind (not surprising with all the Keith Whitley coverage, which I love) is Whitley’s “It Ain’t Nothing.”

    “My boss is the boss’s son and that makes for a real long day…”

    I used to play it on my walkman when I had to mow the yard when I was a kid. It seemed like hard work at the time. 🙂

  5. Leeann Ward May 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Mike, That’s my favorite Whitley song.

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