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Musical Musings

Posted January 17, 2011

It’s great to be back in the WRAL anchor saddle again after a working vacation. I spent the week trying to get back into the holiday spirit. I was in my studio recording tracks for a Christmas album inspired by the best-selling Mitford series. Author Jan Karon plays my music on her web site and I thought it would be fun to put together a compilation of songs reflecting the warmth of her celebrated novels. The basic tracks for 14 tunes are recorded. Instrumentation includes harp by Anita Burroughs-Price and piano by Bill Covington along with my usual array of Celtic whistles, acoustic guitar, violin and cello. There are eight traditional tunes and six original songs. We’re still working on a name for the album. The tentative release date is November 1.

With all of this music swimming in my head I thought it would be fun to blog about favorite songs.

Here are the questions:

(1) What is your favorite song for relaxation?
(2) What is your favorite song for the gym?
(3) What is your favorite song for inspiration?

For relaxation I would have to go with Cricket’s Wicket by Nightnoise. For the gym the main battle theme from Gladiator really gets me going. And for inspiration I will take just about anything from Max Richter. What about your favorite songs?


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  • IAMAmerican Jan 19, 2011

    Inspirational.........."I can on Imagine" Mercy Me
    The Gym................"Get Down Tonight" KC and the Sunshine Band
    Relaxation............."Destiny" by Zero 7

  • anggiet Jan 18, 2011

    My favorite song for inspiration is Louis Armstrong's It's a Wonderful World. "I see friends shaking hands sayin' "How do you do?" They're really sayin' "I love you".

  • sassysewer Jan 18, 2011

    When I really need to relax and get my mind away from the busy-ness of the day I almost always put on anything by Josh Groban. I don't really have a specific song for exercise. For inspiration, I put on any one of my Casting Crowns cds. It's hard to narrow it down to just one song though I am especially fond of "Who Am I?".

  • Celt Jan 17, 2011

    Boy, this is a tough one--in great part because it is hard to narrow it down to one per category. Here goes--

    For relaxation, I think I would choose Sarah McLachlan "Do What You Have to Do."

    For the gym, I thought of music from the battle scene from Braveheart--but decided instead on Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds."

    And for inspiration, my current favorite is Chris Rice's "Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)."

  • genegeneandnancy Jan 17, 2011

    My favorite is not really a song, per se...It is Rod McKuen's "The Sea" is truly relaxing to hear those ocean waves crashing in the background as he speaks. My favorite inspirational song would have to be "Amazing Grace" (love the bagpipe version. My mother's nurse was softly singing "Amazing Grace" as she peacefully departed this life into the next.

  • blytle Jan 17, 2011

    For just about any of the above, and for reasons that are too numerous to expound upon here, my favorite song is "Castle of Dreams" by saxophonist Dave Koz. It's from his first album released 20 years ago -- so hard to believe.

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