For a laugh, but rather seriously meant anyway, I took up fellow blogger (this is her link) Susan Joy Clark's challenge to write my own "music for when you simply cannot seem to drop off" list.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I cannot shut up those damned chattering monkeys in my head for long enough to be able to fall asleep. I know from long experience that getting up is counter productive, so I stay in bed and toss and turn and grit my teeth (this has cost me four molars...). Long suffering as I am, I've found that putting on my headphones (I'd prefer none, but I have paper thin walls and a daughter sleeping in the next bedroom) with soothing music will usually do the trick before I get halfway through a song or ten.
And sometimes not...But then at least I have listened to great music. Sigh.
Right, here we go, not in any particular order, preference, genre or theme. Oh, the songs are almost all by female singers. So...If you are a misogynist, you'd better skip this list. If you are a woman who hates women, I fear there's no hope for you, dear.
#1; from The USA.
I discovered this trio some years back, and use this song (karaoke) to warm up my vocal cords before singing. They used to be massive in the USA until some controversy. I still think they are massive myself.
The Dixie Chicks: Lullaby
#2; again from The USA. Oh, soooo1960s! But a beautiful song.
Jefferson Airplane:Comin' Back To Me
#3; from The USA. This woman has written so many great songs! I hope someone somewhere will write her a song as sweet as this one.
Stevie Nicks: Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You?
#4; from Ireland. Lisa always makes me smile. She uploads quirky musical videos, check her out! I have blogged about her, so look up the post if you like.
Lisa Hannigan: O Sleep
#5; from England. Mama are Zoe Young and Sarah McQuaid, and unfortunately their co-operation stopped after only one album. They both feature in the video. I love that album (Crow, Coyote, Buffalo) and think it is such a waste that they've stopped making music together.
Mama: Sunshine On A Rainy Day
#6; from The Netherlands. My favourite Dutch band! Check out their videos, they've uploaded loads. This one is live (they are wonderful live!!!) and I love it. I've blogged about them several times, so look up the posts if you can.
Jodymoon: I Could Wait Forever
#7; from The Netherlands. Again a home-country singer. Marike is held in esteem by the djs, but somehow she cannot seem to break through properly. Mind you, she has a faithful following, as this live Lowlands concert video proves.
Marike Jager: Like You
#8; from Norway. And lives in Sweden now, but to me all Scandinavians are different from the rest of us Western Europeans anyway. Intriguing people, beautiful song.
Ane Brun: Worship
#9; from The USA. Her album Currency of Man (see my review elsewhere in my blog)is my most played album of 2016. This song never fails to comfort me.
Melody Gardot: Once I Was Loved
#10; from England. Kate captivated me when we were both 18 and has inspired me ever since. She stays away from the limelight, and it's years in between her projects, but whenever she does produce something new it is always worth the wait. And if this song doesn't put you to sleep, nothing will (in a good way!).
Kate Bush: Snowflake
Non-toxic Sleep aides for emergencies:
- lavender pillow spray
- camomile tea
- a purring kitten on your breast
- a stiff drink (beware though, this will help initially, but makes for troubled dreams and other assorted nasties)
- an orgasm
- dark chocolate
Well, Susan, I hope I have not let you down?
Oh, and if there's anyone out there who wants a list with (more) males on it...let me know. There's lots more of where this came from.