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Music that will soothe your soul and mind

Post by jamesbond » July 20th, 2010, 1:08 am

Here is some relaxing, soothing and spiritual music that is good for your soul and your mind.








[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4edIctI ... KVlbLiJWF4[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piwpIaVS ... 23MDHCGIJI[/youtube]

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Post by Winston » August 17th, 2010, 7:03 pm

Here is some great smooth jazz I'm listening to with saxophone, that'll soothe your mind and calm your senses. It's just what you need if you're feeling stressed.



Here also is some Japanese smooth jazz.

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Post by Winston » August 17th, 2010, 7:31 pm

Jamesbond, this one you posted by Enya is really nice. It shows a symphony of nature from the stars to the Earth. Very spiritual!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8hRNPYH ... 4Wb-2LzFl0[/youtube]
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Post by Winston » August 27th, 2010, 8:01 pm

Jamesbond,
I've done the same with this thread and embedded all the YouTube videos. It's nice having a long thread of soothing spiritual music videos to watch on one page.
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Post by momopi » August 27th, 2010, 8:31 pm

Kitaro's Silk Road from 1980:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8IZpwKQ-U8&feature=fvst[/youtube]

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Post by Winston » August 28th, 2010, 10:36 am

Wow that Silk Road song was wonderful Momopi. The mountain and wind scenes were very spiritual too. I listened to some of Kitaro's other songs on YouTube too. My parents enjoyed it too when I showed it to them.

I embedded your video into the thread so it can be played directly here. Remember that now you can use the YouTube button above to embed them into the forum.

Any more songs like that that you'd recommend? I heard some good Chinese ones before, but I don't remember their names. But their CD's were going for high prices on Amazon.
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Post by momopi » August 30th, 2010, 7:51 am

Masanori Takahashi (Kitaro) lives in Sonoma in Northern California. He's an interesting fellow who discovered the synthesizer and went nuts with it. He also married the daughter of Japan's biggest Yakuza boss. @_@;;

I prefer his work from the 1980s. You can look up his discography here and check his newer albums:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitar%C5%8D#Discography

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ulc51ZO ... re=related[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=244lUx0H ... re=related[/youtube]

IMO his "Silk Road" series is his defining masterpiece. When everything else in life turns to sh*t, you can still load Kitaro mp3's into your ipod, turn on, tune in, and drop out.

I was originally introduced to his music from Queen Millennia (Leiji Matsumoto):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_djWQGj5 ... re=related[/youtube]

There were other Japanese artists who were inspired by the synthesizer in the 1980s, such as Himekami. Search by Himekami or the kanji name 姫神:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPpISd3s ... re=related[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c_ykxQz ... re=related[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP3Ra39Y ... re=related[/youtube]

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Post by Winston » August 30th, 2010, 2:44 pm

I agree. I listened to Kitaro's other pieces and Silk Road seems to be his best composition.

He married the daughter of a Yakuza boss? Is that how he got famous and successful?

You would think that a spiritual person wouldn't get involved in the mafia, wouldn't you?
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Post by momopi » August 30th, 2010, 3:20 pm

He was married to the Japanese yakuza boss's daughter in the 1980s, but divorced in the 1990s. Back then there was some Japanese tabloid stuff about his mafia connection, recreational drug use, in-law's funding of his music ventures, etc. But, being tabloids, I wouldn't read too much into it. But hey, if he wanted money and dope, I guess marrying the mob boss's daughter is it.

Let me introduce you to some "fan cover" music from Japanese anime theme songs. Fan covers are music played by fans and not the original producer. This particular piece is from The Borrower Arrietty, based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton. Here's a short CM of the anime movie:



Original MV:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD3WVKw2 ... re=related[/youtube]

Fans of the movie (those with some music talent) would replicate the theme song with their favorite instruments:

Piano:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f3gu2hU ... re=related[/youtube]

Guitar:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmerYGfO ... re=related[/youtube]

Greek Lyre @_@!
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWma1d2J ... re=related[/youtube]

Celtic Harp:
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Post by momopi » August 31st, 2010, 3:42 am

Here's some Chinese music. We'll start with Jia Peng Fang, his favorite instrument is the Erhu. My uncle used to play, but he's no where near as good as Jia Peng Fang.



One of his best friends is the Japanese composer Katsuhisa Hattori, they perform together in concerts:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxxrlqu5 ... re=related[/youtube]

Classic Chinese Zither "Full Moon over West House":
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSqDIMZO ... re=related[/youtube]

Lyrics:

月滿西樓

紅藕香殘 玉簟秋
輕解羅裳 獨上蘭舟
云中誰寄 錦書來
雁字回時 月滿西樓

花自飄零 水自流
一种相思兩處閒愁
此情無計 可消除
才下眉頭卻上心頭
卻上心頭

紅藕香殘 玉簟秋
輕解羅裳 獨上蘭舟
云中誰寄 錦書來
雁字回時 月滿西樓

花自飄零 水自流
一种相思兩處閒愁
此情無計 可消除
才下眉頭卻上心頭
卻上心頭

花自飄零 水自流
一种相思兩處閒愁
此情無計 可消除
才下眉頭卻上心頭
卻上心頭


Classic version:


The lyrics are based on a classic poem written by a female poet, who misses her husband who was far away.

月满西楼 (extremely rough/hack translation for first half)
--------------------------
红藕香残玉簟秋
Scented red lotus flower fading, autumn will come soon.
轻解罗裳独上兰舟
Lightly taking off my robe and boarding the boat alone
云中谁寄锦书来
From among the clouds, who will send my husband's letter?
雁字回时月满西楼
The wild goose will return to their home soon, and the full moon is hanging over the west house
花自飘零水自流
Flower petals float in the wind and the water flows by itself
一种相思两处闲愁
Together thinking of each other, but missing each other with gloomy mood
此情无计可消除
This feeling and sentiment, who knows how to get rid of
才下眉头却上心头
Down from brow, but come into the heart soon.

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Post by momopi » August 31st, 2010, 4:21 am

Here's the song 高山流水 (Tall Mountains, flowing Water/River), performed on different traditional instruments:

Pipa:


Guqin:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NruDr8_J ... re=related[/youtube]


Here's a lesser known instruments, Liuqin:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buq_9xnS ... re=related[/youtube]

Yueqin (Moon Guitar)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2cOQYv ... re=related[/youtube]

The Yueqin instrument was also used across Asia, from Japan to Vietnam. This metal-head decided to use a Yueqin to do a fan rendition of X Japan @_@



He's using the Vietnamese version Yueqin (tuned a little different from Chinese version), but playing it like a western guitar.

okok... the real X Japan: >:D
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK6rKqW2 ... re=related[/youtube]

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Post by jamesbond » September 3rd, 2010, 12:50 am

Here is some more soothing music for your listening pleasure:











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Post by have2fly » September 7th, 2010, 6:29 am

Wow! Great Stuff!

Upon my arrival to the USA I was SO SO SO shocked that people have NO IDEA about so many different kinds of music that exists in the world! For me in high school and some of my friends LOVED ENIGMA! It is a European music project that blends some of the world folk music with modern beats and rhythms. A guy behind it is Michael Cretu, former husband of very famous singer Sandra (she is originally from Germany).

So here it is, you can find more on youtube:




Another good one is Era. Similar, but different :)


Another thing that good Electronic (House-Trance) music actually uplifts me and relaxes me, also gives me energy to live (dance? inside and out). Unfortunately, almost nobody in the USA is aware or listens to good Euro beats. Here is one of the all time favorites, Benny Benassi. Just look at that hot Italian girl, lyrics and beats.... makes my day everytime.


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Post by jamesbond » September 30th, 2010, 2:15 am

Here is a cool song by Armin van Buuren called, In And Out Of Love.



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