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every now and then, you just NEED a few songs to unwind at the end of the day. whether you had a hectic and chaotic day, restless and unbearable, or exhilerating and perfect.

as of late, i am in dire need songs like this. they can be from any genre, artist, language, and era; they can be about love, closure, despair, resolution or other.

and again, thanks in advance.

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"Sketch For Summer" and "Slo-Glyde" by The Durutti Column

"Leopard Flowers" by Death In June

"The Prettiest Star" by David Bowie

"Wonderland" by Xymox

"Masquerade" by Clan Of Xymox

"Leaving" by Suede

"Zawinul/Lava" by Brian Eno

"Thieves Like Us (instrumental)" by NewOrder

"Oscillate Wildly" by The Smiths

"Kelly Watch The Stars" by Air

"Nightvision" by Daft Punk

"Theme From Taxi Driver" by Bernard Herrmann

"Last Train Home" by The Pat Metheny Group


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Nothing like jazz samba for kicking back, relaxing and getting romantic, too.

I especially like the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim...performed by just about anyone. Vocals, instrumentals, mixed...whatever. Some songs I'd recommend? Wave, Tide, Desifinado, Agua De Beber, Felicitade, Ginji, Corcovado, Girl From Ipanima, etc.

Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 also provide some great jazz samba. Like A Lover, Fool On The Hill, Chelsea Morning, etc., etc.

Then there's light classical music. Smooth jazz. Sound effects like ocean waves, rain forests, thunder storms, etc.

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oooooooooh can't believe i forgot it!! on jeff's posthumous album 'sketches (for my sweetheart the drunk)' track 8 is called 'new year's prayer' - it's amazing and has a strong qawwali influence (he was a big fan of nusrat fateh ali khan ). it's gorgeous. also track 10 'you & i' is a practically a cappella song which is very relaxing and dreamlike. (other beautiful mellow songs on disc 1 of that album: everybody here wants you, opened once and morning theft)

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Cherry blossom girl - Air

Letting the cables sleep - Bush

A day without rain - Enya

Sleepwalk - Joe Satriana

Hairy trees - Goldfrapp

Utopia - Goldfrapp

Autumn tactics (ambient mix) - Chicane

Saltwater (ambient mix) - Chicane

Beautiful strange - Bedrock

Swollen - Bent

Sueno con Mexico - Pat Methany

Adiemus - Adiemus

Porcelain - Moby

Guitar, string & flute - Moby

Rushing - Moby

Sky is broken - Moby

Everloving - Moby

Inside - Moby

Sweet lullaby - Deep Forest

Whispering wind - Moby

Northern lights - Lux

Sunbeams - UKO

Sadness - Enigma

There are so many to choose from - good luck and let us know what the final compilation was! :thumbsup:

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So many to choose from!

A few of my favourites are:

Closer - Goapele

Africa - D'Angelo

Say - Kem

For Real - Amel Larrieux

Prototype - Andre 3000

Another Lonely Day - Ben Harper

By My Side - Ben Harper

Didn't Cha Know - Erykah Badu

Nothing Even Matters - Lauryn Hill featuring D'Angelo

Lifetime - Maxwell

This Woman's Work - Maxwell

By Your Side - Sade

A Long Walk - Jill Scott

Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Stir It Up - Bob Marley

When I Was 17 - Frank Sinatra

Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Mama Cass Elliot

Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know - Donny Hathaway

The Joker - The Steve Miller Band

4 Page Letter - Aaliyah

Rock The Boat - Aaliyah

Dear Mama - 2pac

Fallin' - De La Soul

Bonita Applebaum - A Tribe Called Quest

Closer by Goapele and Africa by D'Angelo have a real lullabye sound to them. Every time I play Africa I always almost fall asleep, so relaxing!

A lot of Sade, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, and Amel Larrieux songs are nice, mellow and relaxing.

Hope you like some of these!

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Uncle Joe nailed it for me. If you can't relax to a good bossa nova or jazz samba album you need further medication. Get yourself one of the Astrud Gilberto compilation cd's it will melt you into a puddle.

Since I list myself as Jazzcat I'll stick to the jazz genre and leave some of the rock stuff for you other folks but here are a few other suggestions.

Gary Burton and Chick Corea - Crystal Silence

Jane Monheit - Never Never Land

Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine (Pacific Jazz compilation)

Bill Evans - Moonbeams

Stan Getz - lots of his I'll say Best of Two Worlds lp

George Shearing - Try the Capitol "Best of: vol 2"

Marian McPartland - On 52nd Street

Milt Jackson - Sunflower

Wes Montgomery - Road Song

Count Basie - April in Paris

Keith Jarrett - not for every taste but try "the Koln Concert"

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