Contemporary piano enthusiasts, rejoice! This month, I’ve created a 30-minute playlist of tracks from some of my favorites including Jim Brickman, Michael Silverman, Yiruma, Brian Crain and Ludovico Einaudi. Majority of the pieces are set in major keys, so it’s perfect for those feel-good and soothing moments.
Sometimes music can empower contemplation.
From personal experience and preference, I find that one of the best types of music for self-reflection taps into New Age and Instrumental. It’s effortlessly emotional, and without lyrics it’s easy to listen and focus on your own thoughts.
I recently (like, today) discovered pianist and composer Christian Lundquist, who wrote and recorded this lovely piece. The melody alternates between E♭Major and its relative, c minor, giving it a somber yet serene disposition. It’s perfect for moments when you’re thinking about the meaning of life or a relationship that hurts so good.
To be vulnerable means to be to be susceptible to emotional or physical attack. No other word could be fitting for a song like this. The chill and semi-deep melody of this is likely to seduce its listeners and make them vulnerable.
The original track, sung by Tinashe, is a definitely not as upbeat as this remix. In fact, it’s a little melancholy and dark. However, I think Gold Fields did a great job giving the tune life and making it something that you might want to bop your head to. Or at least turn up while you’re lounging with a glass (or bottle) of your favorite wine.
No kidding. This song is for those moments when you feel like drifting away to a destination of sensual and chill clarity. With soothing beats and sexy lyrics, it might also be good for some baby-making background music.
My favorite line: “..Started to undress you with my wandering eyes.” SWOON.
Smooth, chill and hypnotic.
I first heard this track in a really neat card shuffling video by Kuma Films. I was immediately hooked to the tune and had to get a hold of it. Upon some quick digging on the world wide web, I landed upon AudioTreats’ SoundCloud page, where I found more amazing tracks. It turns out, AudioTreats is definitely up and coming. Much of his tracks on SoundCloud are not available anywhere else, though there are a few awesome tunes on Spotify. This trend may not last very long as he was recently signed.
Due to heavy twerking imagery, this video is NSFW, but it’s really an awesome song and awesome video. This track comes from the recent Junto album.