Music has always been a major influence in my life, even as a child.
When I was not much older than 6 or 7 years old, I used to listen to the Motown Sound. My sister’s husband was a deejay, on the most popular black AM radio station in New Orleans, WYLD, and he’d bring free copies of virtually every 45 that was released. Since the Motown Sound was most popular, we ended up having nearly every song released.
Along with my brothers and sisters, we would pantomime performances of the Temptations, the Four Tops, and the Supremes to name a few. I still remember the words to songs that were released when I was a young child.
Back then, my sister Annette, and my brother Ulysses had the strangest music tastes, considering that they were fairly young and products of the ghetto. My sister would have days where she would play Johnny Mathis albums it seems for the whole day. Her go-to song was Chances Are.
My brother was in love with Nancy Wilson. He would do pretty much the same, often playing Guess Who I Saw Today. Music was so integral in our ghetto lives that we embraced everyone’s choices, and even me, at a very young age, would eventually learn to appreciate Johnny Mathis and Nancy Wilson.
My family, as most black families did back then, had two very elegant phonograph consoles, build with craftmanship into very nice solid wood cabinets that looked like an elegant piece of furniture. It served as the foundation of our modest entertainment endeavors. When the top was closed, and my mother placed a lace dolly and a vase of plastic flowers on top, and polish it with that weird-smelling furniture oil. One would never know that it was a record player until it was opened, and guest would say, ‘Oh I didn’t realize that was a record player.’ For a moment, we would feel white-privileged. It was a big bulky piece of furniture that only housed two speakers, a turntable, and storage area for 45s and LPs, but it was nearly the center of our lives back then.
In addition, either I or my sisters would get a portable record player for Christmas. …Sort of the Easy Bake Over of record players, allowing us to listen to music in our rooms upstairs. It did not have a big sound because the speakers were transistor-radio-sized, but we enjoyed listening to the latest music just the same. Upstairs we would sing, dance and listen in private, well almost.
Music is also a significant aspect of New Orleans’ culture. It’s about ‘what-n-what’ with our food. New Orleanians hold deep pride in both. We have our own style of music, and that tradition continues today with new styles like New Orleans bounce music. I’m not that crazy about New Orleans bounce music. But our most popular music back then was New Orleans blues, soul, jazz, Mardi Gras, and second line music.
Here is a sample. Warning: This will sound very tribal to the untrained ear, but anyone from New Orleans will understand and appreciate this sound.
Handa Wanda – Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias – 65,482 views – Eric Cajundelyon – Published on Jun 22, 2011
Funky Indian Band from New Orleans, Louisiana
Extract from the compilation ‘In The Pocket With Eddie Bo’. Perfomed by Eddie Bo.
Music still remains crucial in my life. I cannot create without background music.
My go-to genres are Gospel, Reggae, Jazz, New Age Meditation Music, Alpha, Delta, Theta Waves Music for Relax, Sleep and Brain Power. I have evolved quite well in music, expanding my taste, while all but dissing today’s popular music.
I no longer purchase music for I find no need to. In addition to streaming music, I just don’t appreciate today’s popular music. I don’t know if its an aspect of getting older, but I cling to old music. I rarely consider listening to most of today’s popular music. Generally speaking, it is because the messages do not resonate with me any longer. When I do listen to it, its just to keep in touch with what motivates the young folks of today.
When I am writing and creating, most of the time there will be music playing in the background. I choose very specific genres for this purpose for certain music takes me deeper into the zone of creativity. I listen to John Coltrane, Roy Ayers, Earth Wind & Fire, and New Age Meditation music most often. The music in the background is not intrusive. It allows me to visualize, reflect, and create without interference.
My number one go-to music for creating is Longue Chill Music or Chill Out Music.
“Chill-out (shortened as chill; also typeset as chillout or chill out) is a loosely defined form of popular music characterized by slow tempos and relaxed moods. The definition of “chill-out music” has evolved throughout the decades, and generally refers to anything that might be identified as a modern type of easy listening. Some of the genres associated with “chill” include downtempo, classical, dance, jazz, hip hop, world, pop, lounge, and ambient.” – Wikipedia
As for Gospel music, it electrifies my soul igniting a joyful noise within, gratitude dancing, or tears of gratitude. Meditation and subliminal brain music take me into deep-space meditation, complete with colors, lights, and visuals. Both of these genres serve a purpose in my life, and I cannot live without this theme music. Listening to these genres is a regular, nearly daily ritual.
“But Chill music serves a significant purpose too because we all must chill sometimes. I see chilling as important as meditation, prayer, and being active. Chilling is in between the extremes and sometimes you must hover around the middle vibe. On many occasions, I specifically choose to hover over the middle ground, especially when I am creating. Chill music is perfect for this purpose.” – Kevy Michaels
If you want to get deep exposure and pleasure from chill music, I strongly recommend listening to the Buddha Bar series.
This music began in the late 1990s and is still popular around the world today. Buddha Bar music is an international sound. It is likely more popular internationally than it is in the US. That is because it influences are from the cultures of the world, namely Asian cultures, but also African and other cultures.
“The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival describes the music of the Buddha Bar collection as “close to muzak-like mixtures with neither recognizable original components nor clearly identifiable new structures”. – Wikipedia
Buddha Bar music is similar to Muzak because there is no real structure to the songs. There is usually not a set melody, chorus, or bridge. In many cases, there are no vocals, and if there are, they sing in repeated loops. This is what makes it so complimentary to chilling out and creating. It does not put you to sleep. It does not necessarily make you dance. And, it does not interfere with one’s thoughts, but rather enhances them.
Usually, when I write, I sit for as many as 8 hours non-stop. This is when Buddha Bar music becomes most in handy. I become enamored in what I am accomplishing, and Buddha Bar music becomes my theme song or score. Playing the music in the background enhances my thoughts and creativity. Music’s effect on the body and brain, depending on genre, has been scientifically proven as beneficial.
I strongly encourage you to experience hovering over the middle ground by listening to this wonderful music as you are ‘doing the work’ towards a goal, project, or creation. It is most helpful.
The great thing is that the Buddha Bar CD series is everywhere, all over the internet. You can listen to it, as I am now for free! All you have to do is Google “Buddha Bar” and you will be bombarded with many choices.
I first began using Buddha Bar music as background music in the early 2000s, for my retail business setup. I used to set up my Love Electra retail space at festivals and art walks and became known for the Ambien music that I played. It attracted many people to my shop, it seemed subliminal. Back then, there were only a few albums released. The one that I rocked contained a song by MC Yogi that I found very catchy. Though it is kind of a rap song, it is not traditional rap, and surprisingly has Zen accents. Check it out.
MC Yogi Gandhi RAP Be The Change You Want to See in The World – 33,539 views – moviestt2011 – Published on Oct 1, 2012
Today, there are countless releases under the Buddha Bar brand. Check them out here.
I would be very surprised if you did not find at least one CD that you really enjoy. The CD themes vary but stick to that Zen-Chill theme, usually mixes done with various cultural elements.
I sincerely want to share this music with you. I have provided a playlist and links below.
A Bit Of Background Info – The Buddha Bar music series started as a spin-off of a swank bar, restaurant, spa and hotel franchise created by French-Romanian restaurateur Raymond Vișan and DJ and interior designer Claude Challe, with its original location having opened in Paris, France in 1996. The Buddha Bar “soon became a reference among foreign yuppies and wealthy tourists visiting the city”, and “has spawned numerous imitators”, becoming popular in part because of the DJ’s choice of eclectic, avant-garde music. It became known internationally for issuing the Buddha Bar compilation albums, which are popular compilations of lounge, chill-out music, and world music, also under the Buddha-Bar brand, released by George V Records. Buddha Bar “has made a name for itself with its Zen lounge music CDs and remains a hit – especially with tourists”. Locations have since been opened in a number of other countries, although not without controversy arising from the theme. – Wikipedia
Buddha Bar compilation albums have been issued since 1999. In 2001, a Billboard Magazine critic placed the compilation in his “top ten” musical events of the year, noting the relationship between the restaurant franchise and the music produced by it with the assertion that “Buddha Bar is not only a good restaurant in France but also one of the best music experiments to come out of France in the past few years”. Buddha Bar has also released some original music for its albums, specifically the songs “Buddha Bar Nature” and “Buddha-Bar Ocean”, composed and produced by Arno Elias, the composer of “Amor” from Buddha Bar 2, and Amanaska. This release included a DVD of nature and ocean footage directed by Allain Bougrain-Dubourg. – Wikipedia
Buddha Bar Streaming and Playlists
The Buddha Bar Masterpieces – Official Playlist
Buddha Bar The Best of Buddha Bar from 1999 to 2015 Downtempo Vo – 4,553,702 views – Chill Out Crew Official – Published on May 24, 2016
This includes artists like Oliver Heldens, Tiësto, Quintino, Michael Calfan, Watermät, Sam Feldt, Firebeatz, VINAI, Pep & Rash, Martin Solveig, KSHMR, Don Diablo, Ummet Ozcan, Blasterjaxx, Julian Jordan, Curbi, Jay Hardway, Ferreck Dawn, Redondo, Joe Stone, Mr. Belt & Wezol, Tony Junior, The Magician and many, many more!
Info On Music’s Influence
The first question on everyone’s mind when they discover this special music is how do binaural beats work? Well, this isn’t a new-age fad: it’s a naturally occurring science that has been around for centuries. So stick around for a couple of minutes and I’ll explain all…How Binaural Beats Music Works
How Music Affects Your Brain – 425,017 views – 5.4K106SHARESAVE – Seeker – Published on Mar 2, 2013
Good music makes us feel good. No surprise there. Now scientists have uncovered what’s going on inside our brains when we are jammin’ to our favorite tunes. Anthony explains. Read More: “Phys Ed: Does Music Make You Exercise Harder?” http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08… “For a study published last year, British researchers asked 12 healthy male college students to ride stationary bicycles while listening to music that, as the researchers primly wrote, “reflected current popular taste among the undergraduate population.”‘
The Effects of Music on the Brain – 246,768 views – 1.3K44SHARE – BullyingNewsVideos – Published on Jul 26, 2010
The effects of music on the brain from NOVA
This Is Your Brain On Music – 946,206 views – Life Noggin – Published on Apr 18, 2016
What happens to your brain when you listen to music? Watch More: Check out Anthony’s channel ►►►► http://bit.ly/1Sfd0dL
How Music Affects Mood – 10,598 views – Delightime™ – Published on Mar 19, 2016
The emotional arousal, changes in heart rate, pulse and breathing rate, shivers and chills that you feel whenever you listen to a specific type of music are indicators that music does affect your mood. This is explained through a previous study conducted by Valorie Salimpoor and her colleagues who associate these factors, feelings, and music-induced pleasures to the release of dopamine. Salimpoor who is a neuroscientist at McGill University says, “you’re following these tunes and anticipating what’s going to come next and whether it’s going to confirm or surprise you, and all of these little cognitive nuances are what’s giving you this amazing pleasure”.
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