If you are looking for some fun, unique sounds for your next therapy session, I have just the thing for you!
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I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite songs from all different genres that are sure to breathe life into your next session.
Some are sweet; others are tragically beautiful. But they’re all sure to make you feel elated, which is one of the reasons why sound therapy is such a wonderful tool, so hop on iTunes and getting ready to download:
1. Karma Chameleon By Culture Club
Boy George is certainly one of the most unusual artists of the 1980s, but his music was often more stylish than the way he dressed. This song by the Culture Club features some fantastic harmonica work, which isn’t something you’ll hear often on the radio.
More importantly, the lyrics are gentle and the harmonies are soothing. This is a wonderful song to keep you mellow during your morning commute.
2. Return To Innocence By Enigma
One of the most tranquil songs ever made and a staple in music therapy, this song combines English lyrics, a chorus sung in the Amish language and vibrant melodies to create one of the most recognizable tunes ever recorded.
Even if you don’t recognize the name, chances are that you’ve heard this song at least once. Many people listen to Return to Innocence in their sleep, as the chorus is said to inspire lucid dreams.
3. Sparrow In The Wind By Vajas
This song is sung entirely in a dialect taken from the Sami people and is a unique musical experience sure to please. The lyrics are quite amusing when you listen to them.
The throat singing and interesting background music make this song a fun way to relieve built-up tension you might be feeling. It’s hard not to smile when you listen to this song.
4. Puppet Clown By Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku is what is known as a Virtual Idol, and her voice is created using computer software. Despite her inhumanity, the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku can sing exceptionally well, and this is one of her finest songs.
The music itself is incredible. The piano work is timeless, and the overall flow of the song is soft with a bit of sadness strewn into it. Though the entire song is in Japanese, it’s easy for a non-native speaker to pick up the heartbreak that this song is describing.
The next time you’re feeling down, I’d suggest giving this song a listen. Though the feelings conveyed are of sorrow and longing, you’ll be amazed at how this song can raise your spirits very quickly.
5. Bokutachi No Uta Wo Kite By Three Lights
Anyone can enjoy this instrumental song. It features a wide range of instruments, such as electric keyboard, guitars and horns. The real attraction here, however, is the violin work performed by famed violinist Vanessa Mae.
This song was featured in the popular television series Sailor Moon, for which Vanessa contributed many great musical performances early in her career. The tone of the song is upbeat, with a little bit of classical flare mixed in with modern pop sounds. It’s a piece that will likely become an instant favorite in your sessions.
6.) Twilight Time By The Platters
Twilight Time is one of those rare songs that can bridge generations and be appreciated by anyone listening. The back-up vocals are sung with perfect harmony and the lead vocals are in perfect pitch. Coupled with the gentle music in the background, this song makes for perfect ambient music.
It’s ideal for all sorts of situations, such as unwinding from a stressful day, snuggling in close to the one you love or something to play in while collecting your thoughts.
7. Dreams by Raymond Tapping
One of the most fantastic light classical pieces I’ve ever heard! The melody changes throughout the song, but its energy and flow cannot be done justice with mere words. There are no lyrics, and the majority of the music is composed with a lone keyboard.
Raymond’s music is spiritual and uplifting, as if it belonged in the background of some beautiful story. This song is a great way to refresh yourself when you need to recover your energy, as it is a perfect backdrop for meditation.
8. Californication By Red Hot Chili Peppers
A surreal and somewhat trippy song with lyrics sung in a meaningful, yet somewhat peculiar manner. The guitar riffs are surprisingly soft and sweet sounding for a rock band.
The extended silence between some of the verses gives you an opportunity to enjoy the background music. It makes a great song for when you need to gather your thoughts early in the morning given its mellow nature.