Today, via JFH's Twitter account, I had the sudden urge to quiz those monitoring their Twitter feeds about what music they enjoy falling asleep to. When I was younger, I used to always lie in bed with my CD player (Yep.. this was pre-iPod days!), and fall asleep to whatever new music I was into at the time. Of course, I didn't always fall asleep to what I would listen to, but over the years, some tried-and-true records have been great go-to's as a send off to dreamland.
Since I don't really fall asleep to music as much as I used to, and since the wonderful world of mp3 players opens up a whole new wonderful world called "playlists," my go-to full-length albums are mostly old school. One of the oldest is also a deliciously melancholy release in Sixpence None The Richer's self-titled album. It's still a favorite. Another gem is Plumb's lullaby album, Blink. It's a great mellow pop record that you don't have to be a youngin' to enjoy. It's soothing and a nice means to drift away. Jars of Clay's self-titled used to be a favorite as well. And Eisley's Combinations -- which is also sort of more recent -- was a great one too. Jon Foreman's acoustic work also comes to mind.
How about you guys? What music do you love that's perfectly soothing enough to you to fall asleep to?
1. Mary said...
Jon Foreman's stuff, as you mentioned, is a favorite for me. I have a few long playlists for sleeping that have a few constants. Some of Skillet's early worship stuff is often on there. Jars of Clay in general is good, particularly a lot of The Shelter. Tenth Avenue North has a few really lovely, calming songs. RED actually has some of the best songs for sleeping ever-- "Pieces" and "Already Over Pt. 2" can send me to sleep within the first 30 seconds.
3. Tom said...
You know Owl City? Well, the man behind those, Adam Young, has been involved in multiple side-projects over the years. Two of these are called Port Blue and Windsor Airlift. Their styles are a sort of melange of instrumental acoustic and synth. They're really beautiful and peaceful to listen to, I always put them during a restless night or when I'm studying.
5. SARAH said...
Definitely Jon Foreman...it brings me peace...until Resurrect Me comes on...then I wake up again :) I also like to listen to Matthew Perryman Jones, and definitely so Mat Kearney (All I Need is such a good one for that).
7. Ben Cardenas said...
Yea I can see Jon Foreman working nicely. Also: Sleeping At Last, Copeland's You Are My Sunshine, Coldplay's Parachutes, Jars of Clay's Christmas album, Brooke Fraser, to name a few. Oh, and yours truly ;) My Flesh Heart could work for that.
9. John said...
@Ben... that was pitifully shameless!
@Everyone else... nice choices!
11. Josh+Balogh said...
I like the first Glory Revealed cd, the streams in the desert cd and the aforementioned Jon Foreman solo stuff and Brooke Fraser's "Albertine" cd as well.
13. Darius said...
- Deas Vail (All the houses look the same)
- Paper Route (Absence)
- MAE (Afternoon)
- Jars of Clay (Jars of Clay)
- Jon Foreman (Winter - EP)
- Kristin Schweain (Days of Eden)
But my ABSOLUTE favorite CD to fall asleep to would have to be "Furthermore: From The Studio" by Jars of Clay.
15. Travis said...
I've actually fallen asleep to August Burns Red before! Switchfoot is great as well.
17. BTBR said...
Back in college, the idea was that it was impossible to listen to the end of Mae's The Everglow record (Ready and Waiting to Fall, Anything, The Sun and the Moon, and the Epilogue) without falling asleep before it was over. The Sun and the Moon was the killer though - lights out.
19. Tarma said...
Really, I can fall asleep to anything. August Burns Red, For Today, The Chariot, Lecrae. It's not boring, I can just fall asleep well.
21. Eliza said...
I don't usually go to sleep to music, but when I do or try and relax at night I would have to say some David Crowder Band's songs are very calming and peaceful, also Gungor. Right now to help me relax for the night I have been listening to All Sons and Daughters,
23. Thomas said...
BTBR nailed it with Mae's The Everglow. As Samuel said the second half of Sanctus Real's We Need Each Other. Souvenirs, Vice Verses, and Where I Belong off of Switchfoot's Vice Verses. Also very appropriately Mae's (e)vening. Jon Foreman's stuff, any of MuteMath's stuff, Deathbed by Relient k, Coldplay's Viva La Vida album and Prospekt's March EP, Paper Route's Absence, Mat Kearney's entire collection, The City Harmonic, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, any of House of Heroes stuff, The Reckoning and The Outsiders by Needtobreathe, and Above The Golden State. You know, I think I may sleep way too much haha
25. David+(from+Newfoundland+Canada) said...
Some great albums listed. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned any Starflyer 59 albums - especially Everybody Makes Mistakes & Leave Here a Stranger. Classic mellow, sleepy tunes. And the White Songbook by Joy Electric was always a favorite around the holidays - just had that magical feeling to it.
Some other favs (I'm not much of a playlist person - I like the physical CD):
- The Violet Burning (A Stranger in this Place, Faith and Devotions of a Satellite Heart)
- Michael Knott (Hearts of Care)
- Whiteheart (Highlands)
Just to name a few.