Whenever anxiety hits me, I’d always listen to some calming music to escape from the noisy crowded world.
Here’s a list of 16 favorite calming songs of mine, combining assorted genres and different languages, including classical music, a cappella, English, Cantonese, and Mandarin pop songs. You don’t really have to understand each language in order to absorb the healing power of the music, because the melody itself already tells a story.
The last three songs, “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton,”Angel” by Sarah MacLachlan , and “Only Hope”by Mandy Moore from one of the best movies ever, A Walk to Remember are particularly meaningful to me. Back on Christmas Eve 2010 when my best mentor/teacher/friend in his 60’s passed away all in a sudden, these songs had soothed me every night before sleep for a very long period. Every time I listen back to these three songs, pieces of good old memories would always come back, and I’d smile with a little tear and a little pain in the chest still.
I cannot believe that six years have gone, and I’m no longer the 17-year-old girl who was helpless and overwhelmed facing issues of life and death.
And ridiculously, I’m now the one on the misty battle of life and death.
May I whisper “Happy Holidays” to you as another Silent Night is approaching.
Please take a break and enjoy my carefully-selected playlist of all-time calming music:
Late Afternoon, 12.9.2016