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    ‘Calm Yourself’ with these tracks

    ‘Calm Yourself’ with these tracks

    Get into the easygoing flow of things in your second week back to campus by adding three appropriately relaxing songs to your newest iTunes playlist.

    1. “Calm, Calm, Calm Yourself,” by Anchor & Braille, brings childhood nostalgia into the forefront by mixing light piano melodies with lead singer Stephen Christian (whom you might also know as Anberlin’s frontman) singing gently over the top in a perfectly calming falsetto. The song emphasizes a distinctly lullaby-like sound, and it’s easy to rank it as a perfect song for listening to while taking a leisurely afternoon nap. The strangely adult-oriented lyrical musings of the song only adds to its solid melange of contrasting elements. If you’re feeling stressed as homework increases this week, give this track a listen.

    2. As one of the defining tracks on Bon Iver’s debut album, “Skinny Love” remains one of the most incredible and rich listening experiences currently available. Justin Vernon, the voice behind the song, wrote all of “For Emma, Forever Ago” while struggling alone with mononucleosis in a northwestern Wisconsin cabin for three months. Well-deserved critical acclaim hit Bon Iver with its release. With acoustic guitars, delicate voicing and some powerful lyrics thrown in for good measure, you can’t go wrong with this track.

    3. In 2007, a man by the name of Dan Wilson released an album named “Free Life” to little media fanfare. Hidden on the album was a song of pure gold, “Breathless.” Wilson’s strengths as a musician come out during a song runtime that includes poetic ranting such as this gem: “I’m lifting wishes to the stars / the gleaming satellites of time / orbiting circles overhead / to futures when your love is mine.” Powerful stuff, eh? Wilson emphasizes a solid foundation in basic musical theory as all of the different parts of the song blend easily to create a song that’s stronger than the sum of its musical parts.

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