Relaxing After a Tough Day

“There’s nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.”-Mickey Hart

It’s important to find a couple of minutes each day to step back and take it all in. Maybe you had a crazy meeting at your internship that lasted longer than expected. Maybe your test contained questions that the professor pulled out of thin air and all that study time went by the wayside. Maybe, too, it snowed again. (Yeah, that happened today…on April 16th!). Regardless of the situation, take some time to relax and let go of the worry, stress, and anxiety that the day can compound. A great way to do that…listen to music! Here are three more particularly relaxing suggestions from the Wasserman Center Staff.

Robert Caparaz, Associate Director: Cucurrucucu Paloma (version sung by Caetano Veloso). The singer looks like my maternal great-grandpa, except he’s Brazilian, and with long hair. Very understated singing, and a lullaby voice.

Lisa White, Assistant Director-SCPS:

My song is “Fantasia on a Theme” by Thomas Tallis (Ralph Vaughn Williams).

I have been playing the cello since elementary school, and I still continue to play in a community orchestra in NYC. Classical music is a great stress relief for me and I often play classical music in my office when I need some background music. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Ralph Vaughn Williams) is one of my favorite orchestral pieces.

Jenn Parson, Wasserman Center Graduate Assistant: My song is “Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I love it because it reminds me of my time in Hawai’i and immediately transports me to driving my car through the mountains of Oahu. Aside from that, the song has a great message and the tempo and style is very soothing. It’s like a lullaby for adults!

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