Music to relax to

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Following on from a recent piece in an Italian newspaper, which suggested one film and two albums to help you relax (one of which was ‘On An Island’), we wondered what you think – and what your own choices would be.

We’re assuming that you’d all choose ‘On An Island’, so just one film and one album, please. No long lists.

Maybe we can all listen to some of the suggestions while we wait for David’s DVD.

Our thanks to Lucia for telling us about the article, which you can read (in Italian) here.

Thanks to everyone who visited the chatroom today. It’s just about closing time, but the doors will re-open on Friday at 11AM (UK).

Last, but certainly not least…

Unfortunately there is still no word on the ‘Arnold Layne’ contest. As soon as there is, we’ll let you know what’s happening.

Our continued apologies for the delay.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

158 thoughts on “Music to relax to”

  1. Hello FEd, how are you? I am recovering from the flu, yuck.

    I didn’t quite make it to the chat today, oh well maybe next time.

    My choice film is Casablanca and for album it is, of course, On An Island.

    Hope you have a nice day,
    Penny

    [Get well soon, Penny. – Features Editor]

  2. Album – Wish You Were Here (Headphones on, dark room…)
    Film – Pulp Fiction (Good dialogue)

    I wonder what is happening at EMI! This means that Par & Rudders still have time to rehearse their completely self penned song entitled Tightrope… “He never walked the wall or even learned to fly, a bleeding heart he never knew, now he stands there all alone”

    The dream lives on 🙂

  3. Music to relax to:

    Album – Meddle (Pink Floyd)
    Movie – It’s A Wonderful Life…of course…

  4. Maybe I should have underlined that David’s album was the only MUSIC album suggested. The other cd was buddhist mantras and sounds from nature…or something similar. Anyway, no real music. So, the wand and the crown to have realized relaxing MUSIC is all for David!

    While, just for inform you, the movie suggested from the site was “A Good Year”, directed by Ridley Scott.

    FEd, let us know your choices too…

    Mine could be
    cd: “ágætis byrjun” (by Sigur Ròs)
    movie: …still more difficult than the cd! The first popped into my mind is “Barefoot in the park”! Not the most recent movie I could think about, but that is the kind of comedy that relax and amuse me!

    I wish you all a wonderful evening!

    L!

    [The first two that entered my head are ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Rubber Soul’ by The Beatles (just for ‘In My Life’, really). I’ll probably think of a dozen more before I hit the ‘Publish’ button, but rules are rules. – Features Editor]

  5. Album – The Future Kings of England, The Fate of Old Mother Orvis.
    Film – 2001 A Space Odyssey

  6. I can’t say that I have a film to relax to…that requires keeping my eyes open.

    The Division Bell would come in second after OAI for the album I most relax to.

  7. music? “The End Of Everything”, by Voodoo Child/Moby – a gentle piece of electronic music from 1996

    film? “Koyanisqqatsi”, which I hope most people have seen by now.

  8. i like to relax with some meddle, and as for watching, goodfellas. it’s just tradition and love for me.

    be good. hope everyone is well.

  9. Film: the big lebowski
    Album: David Crosby If I only could remember my name!

    Helt faens supert!

  10. Hi! Just came from the post office and i have my prize! Its the Arnold Layne single,thank you f.é.!I am very happy, after almost 2 weeks of waiting!!!I appreciate…

    Sylvie de Montréal

    [You’re more than welcome, Sylvie. – Features Editor]

  11. Morning all… hope you all had a great weekend. Hope you feel better Penney.

    So album to relax to: Kitaro “Ten Years”… running water, wind, synthesizer, Japanese drums… doesn’t get more relaxing than that!

    Movie: Fiddler on the Roof… love that movie, but it’s so long and relaxing I usually pass out watching it!

    Tim

  12. Album – The Kop Choir
    Film – Liverpool FC – The Treble 2000 – 2001

    A far cry from small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts. Isn’t it? Mmmmm. Marvellous.

  13. On An Island with Waking Life…

    It can turn a my cold grey troubled day, Blue…

    Then I can relax and Breath (again)…

    Especially relaxing is the track ‘Red Sky at Night’ to a familiar film playing in the back of my mind…

    Reminds me of This Heaven, Then I Close My Eyes and Smile B^)

    Ahhhhh….Zzzzzzz…

    i’m a king bee

  14. For relaxation?

    I’d say, Local Hero for the film, and Music for Airports by Brian Eno for the album.

    Both are excellent pieces and will give you a severe case of the mellow warm and fuzzies.

  15. Album to relax to: Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue.” It is also a great album to use as background music for gettin’ busy!

    Film to relax to: Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” goes at such a slow pace that you could take a 20-minute nap and still know what’s going on. And, as it’s a 4-hour movie, there’s plenty of opportunity (and motivation) to take that nap.

    Once again, best wishes to David Crosby who is so sick that he has just postponed his North American tour with Graham Nash, which was to begin next week. The tour has been rescheduled for November. Again, some reports say he’s got pheumonia, while others say he’s suffering from complications of Hepatitis-C, which he’s been battling for over a decade.

  16. Hmm film one is tricky, very nearly chose Animal House, or any of the Clint eastwood spaghetti westerns, or possibly even All The Presidents Men. But after a lot of consideration I have plumped for

    The Name Of The Rose

    Album, for me is a no brainer and probably the album I have heard most times in my life and that is

    Cocteau Twin’s Blue Bell Knoll – absolute perfection of a record.

    Oh and F’Ed, 4 points and 3-0 nil on aggregate for the year. Betcha didn’t expect that! :0)

    [I didn’t. I’m just glad it’s not six points. – Features Editor]

  17. Wow – I’ve been out of the loop for a while…but, I’m back! Hope everyone (especially you, F’ed, is well). I keep missing the chatroom – looking forward to the next one.

    Here are mine…

    Album: Echoes: The Best Of (that would be the closest to just having the iPod)
    Movie: Monty Python – Search for the Holy Grail (Capapult the cows!…Spinal Tap a close second)

    Have a great day!

  18. – “The Division Bell”, by David, Rick & Nick..(I think this is one of the best albums of Pink Floyd because of his marvellous sound.. probably because he was recorded on the Astoria… 😉 )

    – “Le petit baigneur”, With Louis de Funès… what a funny French movie !! 🙂

  19. Hope everyone had a good weekend, I hate i missed the chat today but im not feeling too good today, Wish i could take my head off and sit it to the side i would feel better.

    On A Island is a very relaxing album, It calming and its great for romantic dinners and such, I love this Album

    As far as movies i really dont know i like Davids in concert dvd i know its not a movie or film but its a dvd and i like it.

    Hope everyone will have a great Tuesday and hope to talk to you all on chat on friday.

    [Get well soon, Clarice. – Features Editor]

  20. Meddle with side two Echoes on a continual loop whilst watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back.

  21. The classic choice would be Dark Side of the Moon and Wizard of Oz !!!!

    Perhaps best not to go down that route?

  22. Steely Dan:-Everything must go
    Film:-Blues Brothers 2000
    Date:- Sheryl Crow or Sam Brown

    [Date* Ann Margret]

    Matt!!! you devil!!!

  23. Reply to:

    [The Division Bell would come in second after OAI for the album I most relax to. – Posted by: George Gipe at February 20, 2007 05:31 PM]

    I second that, lovely to relax to

  24. Film has to be Lost in Translation.

    As for album … I’m not sure. Somebody mentioned Sigur Ros up there — “Takk…” is certainly a good one to chill out to…

  25. – Music: soundtrack of ‘Le Grand Bleu’ ( = ‘The Big Blue’ ?) by Eric Serra.
    – Movie : ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’

    Not only relaxing, but also, learning to fly, trying to escape from the rest of the flock, to have a higher vision of life without comfomity, to get freedom, is a great philosophical way of life, I think…

    “The only true law is that which leads to freedom” , Jonathan said…

    The music by Neil Diamond is cool, too.

    Michèle

  26. Film: Spirited Away
    Album: Wish You Were Here

    ….and On An Island is going to be the first album I listen to in my new bath if I ever find a bloody plumber.

  27. Album – Obscured by clouds (just love that album)
    Movie – Walk the line (story of Johnny Cash)

    Nice article. Thanks Lucia, I enjoyed it.

  28. ‘The Shawshank Redemption’? Hey! It is a very beautiful movie…but how can you say it is “relaxing”? You have to be a very bad person, to you consider this movie relaxing!!! Who are you, Freddy Kruger? M the Dusseldorf’s monster? Hannibal Lecter? How a so dramatic movie (because it has shining moments but is also a big drama) can relax you???? After this confession from you, dear, you can’t say again I listen to depressing music!!!

    I don’t know all the albums and movies the other bloggers mentionated, but those I know seem to me very good choices! (“More”! Right! Some songs are really sweet and relaxing…Green is the colour, just to say one. I love it!)

    Sylvie!!! What a wonderful prize! I am really happy for you! Enjoy listening to it!

    Hey! I am watching a documentary on tv and “On the Run” is the background music. Great!!!

    L!

    [Well, it lasts for about five hours, so that’s relaxing… – Features Editor]

  29. Hello there, FED and All !!!

    Without a doubt,IMO, Obscured By Clouds is my choice. As far as a movie ? Hmm, tough call, I’d have to say Walt Disney’s Fantasia is very relaxing to watch, even without W**D, which I haven’t enjoyed since three and change years now.

    I’ve also some Tibetan music that would fit the bill and Nepalese as well.

    I have a question for you, FED, Because I LIKE TO BACK UP WHAT I SAY and it’s such a painstaking process of manually going through the archives I was wondering if you could tell me when I DID first post on DG.com here.

    Lastly, thank you, FED and Dan and Beppo for your comments. I’ll keep this fire burning, no matter what.

    Peace and Love to All.

    Cazart !

  30. Ooh, tricky !

    To relax I would listen to Mozart’s Requiem and for watching – hmmm Film’s are more for stimulation than relaxation – let’s go for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid …

    Quick, I’d better go before Michele comes after me with a great big pointy Lille stick !!

  31. I find that I’ve listened to very little new music lately. Instead of being stimulated and exploring new things, I’ll rather listen to something that I know and love.

    When I come home at night, tired, and there’s a chill wind blowing through my soul, I like to listen to something that has a soothing, emotional, human quality, that makes me feel “at home”. This last autumn it has, not surprisingly maybe, meant On An Island, as well as Ca Ira.

    The sequence of Take A Breath, Red Sky, and This Heaven is particularly effective, the first one loosening up the locked-up energy in the body, then spacing out with the ethereal saxophone, then coming back to earth with This Heaven while cooking dinner and grooving slightly.

    But for totally stressing down, escaping from the pressures of the city’s postmodern reality, I would recommend Arvo Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen – it’s a hauntingly beautiful choral work, evoking images of starry nights in snow-covered mountains.

  32. Movie: Pink Floyd The Wall (of course!!) the flower scene is just so relaxing…LOL.
    Album: David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars

    And I always loved the line in Hang on to Yourself – “We can’t dance, we don’t talk much, we just ball and play / But then we move around like tigers on vaseline.”

    Andrew

  33. Let’s see my film to relax to is: Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner.

    My album to relax to besides On an Island is anything by Selena. She has such an angelic voice…..pity she was taken before her time.

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca USA

  34. album: daniel lanois – shine
    film (choice of the moment, and maybe only half relaxing): tiger and dragon

    cheers,
    bernhard

  35. Off the top of my head I’m going to choose the film “Wonder Boys” and the soundtrack from the same for my second album. On An Island obviously is my first album choice!

    I know that in the past soundtracks have been out-of-the-running but since there was no mention I’m going for it!! It is a really good selection of favorites past and present. (It was that or a playlist of my special favorites which, if I chose the one I’m currently listening to, would contain 162 songs and come in at just under 13 hours! But then it also contains On An Island in it’s entirety so it would ‘kill two birds’ plus last the better part of the day, thus providing maximum relaxation.)

    I liked your choice of The Shawshank Redemption FEd. I was going to go with The Green Mile … hmmm, now that I think about it … NO, Must Stop Now!!!

    Peace!
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

    [There you go, Lucia. Gabrielle agrees with me. See? – Features Editor]

  36. Hmm.

    I’d have to say that if I wanted a single album to chill out to… I’m gonna scare you all by noting it’s Avalon by John Tesh.

    For a film… Hmm. That’s a bit tougher. I don’t normally watch movies to relax or veg out. But if there’s one movie I could watch over and over and over again, it’d be the original Stargate, bad Egyptology and all.

    Now, having heard that several bloggers have been feeling under the weather of late, please accept my best wishes for a speedy recovery, everyone.

    ‘Nix.

  37. Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Some classic lines and lots of laughs)
    Album: Peter Gabriel’s Passion

    Nisha

  38. Album – Disintegration by The Cure (basically a 72-minute mood piece… flawless.)
    Film – Swingers (I find humor relaxing!)

    cheers,
    Abhi

  39. Movie: Star Wars – Return of the Jedi
    Album: Meddle

    Snack: Chocolate Chip Cookies & a Quart of Milk

  40. Good question, FEd!

    Hard to choose just one film and one more album, but if that’s all we’re allowed I would have to pick…

    film: Lawrence of Arabia
    album: Alison Krauss + Union Station – LIVE

    But can I please, please, please keep the rest of the DVD and CD collections? 🙂

  41. I can’t decide if I want to post anything, or just take notes and get busy checking out these wonderful tips!

    Thanks for mentioning Neil Diamond, Michele! Yes, I’ll admit…I’m fond of Neil Diamond, and I get teased routinely about this. His movie, “The Jazz Singer,” is one of my favorites for relaxing, and…if we take OAI out of the running…for CD’s…I’d have to go with “Wet Dream” by Rick Wright.

  42. I hope Rudders and Frank are AL winners so I can say I knew them when (or any other Irregular’s) for that matter!.

    After reading some entries for the most relaxing album entries, I think WYWH or Meddle are perfect choices, however; Upon review, Chris Issak’s, Forever Blue, fell into my relaxing ideal; This would be the album I choose for near-perfect mellowness.

    My film choice is Babette’s Feast. The staging is perfect and the film setting ideal. A person granted everything, choosing her feelings, disposing of her resources to the past, using her established beliefs and understanding of humanity to culminate a perfect ending. . .Simply Brilliant (and has subtitles)!! Babette’s Feast deservedly won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film!

    And Babette makes the best meal I’ve ever seen on film. Sumptuousness!!!! I can watch this film a hundred times and still be spoiled beyond belief. . .

    Does that make me happy, satisfied, & relaxed? I hope so. . .

    he-he, ‘nix, really? John Tesh, he-he. . .

  43. Who relaxes to ‘Goodfellas?’ Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of my favorite movies, a true classic, but not relaxing. But hey, to each their own.

    When I want to relax, I listened to one of John August’s albums. He plays Native American Flute. I even played it while giving birth.

    For a movie . . .hmmm . .Mr. Holland’s Opus, and like FEd, that’s just the first stuff that popped into my head. Ask me again tomorrow for a completely different answer.

    A little side note, my astronomy teacher told us today that class would be canceled on March 6th. That is the day he and his wife have planned for the delivery of their baby. The one nice thing about a c-section and yes, of course, he’s a Gilmour fan!

    Love to all
    ~Erin

  44. Lucia, CHILL OUT, relax. You always sound like you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Mania.

  45. Album: On An Island
    Movie: Sleepless In Seattle.

    Just to keep Valentines going. Good movie and music too. How can you resist Lois Sachmo Armstrong?

    Wouldn’t David have fun if they played together.

  46. Music to relax:- Atom Heart Mother
    Movie(film) “Drowning by numbers”

    Off topic(favourite phrase). Tomorrow 22nd Feb is Baden Powell’s birthday, founder of the Scout movement which celebrates 100 years this year. David was a member alongside other such “famed” people as David Bowie, John Major, Billy Connelly, Bill Clinton and roughly 28 million others from over 200 countries. I have had to point out to the Scout Association that the spelling of David’s surname required correcting, it being printed as “Gilmore” and not Genius!!!!!

    Join us, David in a camp fire at John O’Groats on 1st August for a bit of “Gin Gan Gooly Comfortably Numb Gin Gan Goo”

    Ian Pearson

  47. Movie: Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (Original) Simply music and scenery – you can’t ask for more relaxing than this.

    Albums: On An Island, Meddle

    Please allow me to point out also that “Cluster One” in The Division Bell – it is definitely a relaxing piece by David Gilmour and Richard Wright.

    By the way, has there been a decision made on where and when for the bloggers to get-together? Is there going to be someone who would coordinate for the accommodations, transportations, activities, etc. for the group?

    Appreciate it very much if you can provide us with the update?

    [Anyone? – Features Editor]

  48. This week…
    Album: “Atom Heart Mother”
    Film: “Lost In Translation”

    Next week…
    Album: “Obscured By Clouds”
    Film: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “Smiley’s People” (TV-series actually, but on dvd it’s like films anyway. Clever bbc productions, and no action what so ever during these 6 hours..brilliant)

    Cheers!

    JT

  49. Hmmmm, depends what sort of mood I’m in. I’d have to say:

    Movie: The Big Lebowski
    Album: Talkie Walkie, Air (I prefer it to Moon Safari).

    Take care all
    Dom
    x x x

  50. Film, “the Titfield Thunderbolt” an easy going 50’s (Ealing comedy)film about the closure of a small branch line on a british railway.It reminds me of a time gone by when the pace of life was a lot slower.

    Album, Meddle by …. got to be in listened to in a darkend room for the full effect

  51. FILM: Blue Planet
    OTHER ALBUM Obscured by clouds ( Love that album )

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  52. [- Music: soundtrack of ‘Le Grand Bleu’ ( = ‘The Big Blue’ ?) by Eric Serra. – Movie : ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’ Not only relaxing, but also, learning to fly, trying to escape from the rest of the flock, to have a higher vision of life without comfomity, to get freedom, is a great philosophical way of life, I think…Posted by: Michèle at February 20, 2007 09:28 PM]

    Hi Michele,

    Jonathan Livingstone Seagull is one of my most favourtie books. As a matter of fact a song I wrote for David entitled “Spread Our Wings” (which can be found towards the end of the Poets Corner blog entry posted under my old pseudonym The School Master on this blog) – well the chorus of the song was originally inspired by the novel.

    Spread our wings,
    dip into the winds.
    Spread our wings, in this song we sing.
    Spread our wings, shimmers in the sky
    fly on high out of sight
    we’re never going to die.

    The verses of the said song were written to David.

    Regards.
    Julie

  53. Relaxing movies? Thought that was going to be easy. But when I sat down to think about it, none of my favourite movies could be classed as relaxing!

    The Usual Suspects . . . Heat . . . LA Confidential . . . Predator . . . Seven . . . The Unforgiven . . . relaxing?

    Guess I’ll have to plump for David’s Live and in Session DVD as my movie and CD.

    [I’m with you on the movies, George. – Features Editor]

  54. Dear F.Ed.and friends,

    I’m very often in a hurry and i have to push my “overdrive” almost every day, divided among job, family, and …hobbies

    After On an Island…
    Symphony nr.7 in A Maior Op.92 of L.W.Beethoven (Allegretto)
    Nocturne in E flat major op.no.9 of Frederich Chopin
    But these are only two little examples of what classic music (dreaming, calm, deep) is for me.

    About movies: to relax i must laugh, so all the movies of comic fiction: i.e. in Italy the series of “Il ragionier Fantozzi” (he is similar to your Mr.Bean!) famous for his grotesque irony and satire: I could see the same movies many times and laugh as the first time.

    Ciao Elisabetta

  55. Album: “Happiness” by Roger Taylor
    Film: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

    (Also, Fed, do I get bonus points for mentioning that I spotted an “OAI” poster at the start of episode 2 of the new sci-fi series “Heroes” on TV last night?)

    [Bonus points for Johnny. Thanks for letting us know, mate. – Features Editor]

  56. ciao,

    nice question.

    As a film I would choose “the motorcycle diaries” to stay on something recent, the story of the young student Che Guevara travelling with a friend around south america by bike to know his continent. Nothing political though, beautiful landscapes and this feel of freedom.

    As a record any “best of” of James Taylor.

  57. I’d have to choose Wish You Were Here before OAI, sorry! & The Shawshank Redemption.

    I’d still like David to team up with Thomas Newman; what a sound they would weave.

    [Great choice of film, Ciarán. (Lucia, are you still reading?) – Features Editor]

  58. [Unfortunately there is still no word on the ‘Arnold Layne’ contest.]

    Given the current state of economic affairs at good old EMI, one can easily assume that the people there have other priorities at the moment. Let’s hope they can get out David’s DVD properly under these circumstances. (Or maybe Warner will do ….?)

  59. Album – The Division Bell
    Movie – March of the Penguins

    Occaisionally, I’ve synched the two together and it’s quite an emotional experience

  60. Happy Wednesday,

    My album to relax to would be: ‘If I could do it all over again, I would do it all over you’ – by Caravan

    I do not watch films/movies and rarely TV so: ‘Live at Pompeii’ or ‘Life of Brian’

    Pete – Coventry

    Fed: ‘In my Life’ off Rubber Soul is one of the great songs – nice one!

    [I saw the Bootleg Beatles recently, Pete. They didn’t play it, but they played just about everything else you were hoping to hear. It was a really good night. – Features Editor]

  61. FEd! The Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies of all time. It seems odd to think that such a movie could be relaxing, with all its disturbing violence and injustice, but that ending…the payoff…the message of hope…ah…. (By chance, did David visit Zihuatanejo when he was in Mexico?)

    That said, my vote probably goes to Girl with a Pearl Earring which is so quiet and visually stunning. The soundtrack could qualify as my choice for relaxing music but in fact I usually pick something by The Beatles. Anything. The Beatles always make me happy.

    Becky

    [Maybe “uplifting” would be a better way of describing it, then. – Features Editor]

  62. PS–I somehow missed Lucia’s comment before I posted…. Are you calling me a bad person? Harrumph!

  63. [Quick, I’d better go before Michele comes after me with a great big pointy Lille stick !!- posted by: Tim C (optimistically)]

    Seeing as it’s a great school for learning here, and as I’m a good and docile pupil, I think I’m allowed to reply to you, Tim: “f**k off, M. Braamhaar, the referee, I say that, of course, with respect.”

    But, congratulations to The Manc, Tim, I’m happy for you !

    Michèle

  64. Album: Dark side of the moon
    film: wizard of oz

    sorry only joking. this one requires some thought so ill get back to it later

    Fed can you tell me if it was the anniversery of David joining Floyd on the 19th of Feb. i can only find 2 different dates. which one is right. the other says January 19th 1968. im curious thats all and a little bit sad. cheers Fed. see you in a bit.

    good luck with the football tonight. cheers mate

    [Sorry, I can’t. If I did, I’d have to kill you and you have a new baby to consider. – Features Editor]

  65. ..following to above comment of our friend, I’d like to promote for tomorrow: the International World Thinking Day

    When : Always February 22nd

    Just think about it! It is a day to ponder and contemplate.(not very off topic!)

    As I was a little girl scout… many years ago and i have a daughter leader-scout and a son-scout i’d like to leave you a little address where read more infos about it (click my name).

    Thanks a lot, F.ed
    ciao Elisabetta

  66. I am always reading! But I will follow Dan’s suggestion and will turn down my spirit and become sober! Till I can resist!

    Anyway, between you and I, there will be some good chat times to argue about that, if you want. You know I am always available for a good discussion! And I love The Shawshank Redemption…only I don’t think it is relaxing!

    Have a great day, mate!

  67. [Posted by: julie davies at February 21, 2007 08:38 AM]

    Julie’s post reminded me of an idea I sent in almost a year ago…

    F*Ed Do you think that we could have a “poet’s corner” topic just for one day? There are obviously poets and musicians here and I’d love to read some of their inspired works…

    [Ask me in another year and I’ll think about it. – Features Editor]

  68. Hi everybody,

    I’d suggest Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid for a film and David Sylvian’s Dead Bees on a Cake for the CD.

    Fed I do like Shawshank also but if I want to switch the mind off it has to be Steve Martin in Dead Men.

    have a great day all

  69. I agree with the person who voted for Local Hero, great low-key film. Best in Show is good too, especially if you like dogs.

    As for album, how about Avalon, not by John Tesh, but by Roxy Music.

    Very interesting article from mixonline.com, by the way. I’m going to print it out and save it with my tour program.

    Good Luck to Liverpool today. Since my wife is Ukrainian and their national hero is one of Chelsea’s strikers, I’m supposed to support them. But I see that Liverpool may have a Ukrainian striker of their own this summer (Voronin), so maybe next season I will be supporting them.

    I also heard that the new Toronto FC has a welsh midfielder (Carl Robinson) to provide the team with some veteran leadership.

  70. [(Also, Fed, do I get bonus points for mentioning that I spotted an “OAI” poster at the start of episode 2 of the new sci-fi series “Heroes” on TV last night?) posted by Johnny Main]

    Not so fast, was last night a repeat or new episode? I remember that someone else pointed this out a few months ago on this same show. I believe it may have been Erin.

    C’mon Lucia, why do you give FEd grief over picking Shawshank Redemption to relax to. It is a great movie with a wonderful story line and not really that much violence. And some may find the Nightmare on Elm Street series relaxing too. Or Clockwork Orange. Or one of the many “Debbie Does…” series. People can relax in many different ways.

    And FE’d you mentioned In My Life by the Beatles. Have you heard the Johnny Cash rendition of that song? He recorded it shortly before his passing and it is on his final record. It is quite moving.

    By the way, Ozzy Osbourne did a version as well which is not half bad.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [I haven’t heard Johnny Cash’s version. I’ll be sure to track it down. Thanks for the tip. – Features Editor]

  71. There are so many wonderful choices here… It’s reassuring to see “La Vallée” and “Obscured By Clouds” mentioned so many times!!! Very relaxing…

    Film: “La Vallée!!!” (1972, Barbet Schroeder)

    The “feeling” for “today” is “Obscured By Clouds!!!” Enjoy!!!

    Good show everyone!!! Tally ho!!!

  72. Hey everyone! I missed the chat yesterday but I should get to the next one!

    Relaxation is something Ive had to do quite a bit of these days, if you know what Im saying Fed? hehe

    My relaxation album now is Anoushka Shankar´s Rise and filmwise I´d have to guess Little Miss Sunshine.

    Our teams clash today FEd, it should be a treat!

    [Enjoy it, mate. Don’t enjoy it too much, though. – Features Editor]

  73. I think I am going for the following:

    Film – The Straight Story by David Lynch. A road movie on a lawnmower and some fantastically relaxing music !

    Album – Passion by Peter Gabriel. Sends me into a trance every time.

    Martin.

  74. [Tomorrow 22nd Feb is Baden Powell’s birthday]

    Mine also.

    [Have a good one, Peter. – Features Editor]

  75. [I saw the Bootleg Beatles recently, Pete. They didn’t play it, but they played just about everything else you were hoping to hear. It was a really good night. – Features Editor]

    My Mums fave was ‘And I Love Her’ from Hard Days Night. She also loved ‘Echoes’.

  76. Album no question: Wish you were here

    To relax with a movie it have to be funny. So one of my favorites is “What´s up, Doc?” I have seen this movie so many times…

  77. [Ask me in another year and I’ll think about it. – Features Editor]

    This made me spit coffee on my computer, F*Ed…

    You’re so mean in an “I admire the hell out of you for being so mean” kinda way…

    Good on ya…

  78. [Have a good one, Peter. – Features Editor]

    Thanx Fed. We had a very welcome but hard fought win last night.

    Hope your lot get a result of some kind tonight.

    Pete – Coventry

  79. [Let’s see my film to relax to is: Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner – Renee B.]

    My favorite movie Renee, wanna have a catch?

  80. Album: Sketches of Spain – Miles Davis
    Film: Round Midnight

    The great Dexter Gordon stars in this authentic depiction of the Paris jazz scene during the 50s.

  81. I believe that the ‘OAI poster spotted on Heroes’ comment was referring to the first airing of the show in the UK on the (satellite/cable) Sci-Fi channel. Be prepared for the same comment to appear again later in the year when the show airs on the BBC 🙂

    We are late with almost everything 🙁 … excluding Live from Abbey Road that is! 😛

  82. Film – Godfather (not so relaxing, but a masterpiece of a movie, IMO)
    Music – Meddle

    [Elizabeth, that’s possibly the best film of all-time. Forget ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, I’m with you. Violence can be somewhat relaxing, can’t it? – Features Editor]

  83. [Off topic(favourite phrase). Tomorrow 22nd Feb is Baden Powell’s birthday, founder of the Scout movement which celebrates 100 years this year. David was a member…..posted by Ian]

    Thanks for that info…My sons scout troop celebrated that yesterday and my daughters Girl Scout Troop will be doing the thinking thingy today. I think Scouts (Girl and Boy) are great organizations. Keeps kids out of gangs.

    Have a wonderful day everyone.

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca
    Troop 1053 and Pack 555

  84. I must commend Tom B’s choice in movies…Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.

    I am partial to this…find out why if you happen to look up the writers of this script…

  85. [Julie’s post reminded me of an idea I sent in almost a year ago… – Matt]

    [Ask me in another year and I’ll think about it. – Features Editor]

    LOL! 1-0 to Fed !

    A premonition for tonight ?

    Michèle

  86. *caption*

    Instead of a Night to Remember, the lighting technician decided to do theatrical interpretation of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead.”

    Andrew

    PS – Have yet to see that make the list of movies to relax to.

  87. hmmm the film would be

    bladerunner – for all the wrong reasons
    director’s cut natch

    possibly secrets of the beehive by david sylvian
    but maybe album 1 of gone to earth also by the soul soother

    andy

  88. Ok, maybe I really expressed myself in a wrong way and in this case I ask your pardon.

    I didn’t understand why FEd, Becky and Gabrielle can define this movie “relaxing” and I was just trying to understand. Of course I didn’t want to attack FEd or the others. Really no!
    As Andrew said, people can relax in many different ways.

    I didn’t want to create any loudest discussion. Sorry!!!!!!

    I wish you all a wonderful evening!

    Peace and love

    L!

    P.S. Happy birhtday Peter!

    [Don’t worry, mate. I was just teasing you. I think you’re right about ‘relaxation’ meaning different things to different people, just as ‘music’ means different things to different people. I mean, Radiohead? – Features Editor]

  89. Album: The yet to be released “Complete Works of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour”
    Film: As Good As It Gets

  90. [There you go, Lucia. Gabrielle agrees with me. See? – Features Editor]

    It’s interesting how differently we all experience ‘relaxation’, isn’t it? Now if I removed music and film from the equation I’d say lying on a warm, sandy beach with sand between my toes and listening to the sound of the waves … ahhh.

    Bittersweet stories seem to be the most soothing when it comes to a watching a film, at least for me. Sad but hopeful? ‘Man On Fire’ is another good one for that theme.

    ‘The Big Blue’ is one that I haven’t seen in a while, but also would be a choice for me, along with ‘To Kill A Mockingbird.’ Then maybe throw in some moody Bob Dylan …

    Now I’m just muttering through my fingertips … blame it on this damned cold that has my head spinning! Anyway, I’ve enjoyed reading all the diverse choices from everyone — if we were all the same how boring would that be? This group of Irregulars is far from boring, in my humble opinion!

    Peace everyone!
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  91. Album: King Crimson – Islands (coincidence)
    Movie: Dirty Dancing – for some reason I just can’t resist this movie.

    It has great lines like, “I carried a watermelon.” “Sometimes in this world, you see things you don’t want to see.” and of course, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”

  92. Movie : Dreams – Akira Kurosawa
    Album: LSD Love Sensuality, Devotion.

    from Costa Rica : be happy!! Come to my country!

  93. [By the way, has there been a decision made on where and when for the bloggers to get-together? Is there going to be someone who would coordinate for the accommodations, transportations, activities, etc. for the group? ppreciate it very much if you can provide us with the update? – Veronica]

    Veronica, since I haven’t yet seen an answer for this… please rest assured that ‘the committee’ is hard at work sorting out this very stuff (and in fact, I asked the same question today 🙂 ). As soon as we have some good details to offer, we’ll be sure to do so in order for people to make plans.

    Thank you all very much for the input so far and everyone’s patience.

    ‘Nix
    (Not the spokeslady, just being helpful).

  94. Hello All

    Film, The Full Monty, excellent feel good film
    Album, Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

    And correct me if I’m wrong, The Shawshank Redemption was voted best film never to win a Oscar

    [Oscars, Grammies (Grammys?)… What do they know, anyway? – Features Editor]

  95. Thanks for the update fed!!!! I’m very excited that Gilmour’s new DVD will be released as a standard DVD, HD-DVD and BLU-RAY! This is the Best news I have heard so FAR!!!!!

  96. It has to be; The Who Live at Leeds & Reservoir Dogs.

    But Really: John Barry’s, The Beyondness of Things; it’s beautiful, full of lush arrangements that sooth the mind and embrace the body in a warm comforting way.

    The Big Blue; time and space.

    Jeremy

  97. See FEd? I told you Barcelona would remember the Reds…

    Congrats mate!

    [I thank you. – Features Editor]

  98. [I am always reading! But I will follow Dan’s suggestion and will turn down my spirit and become sober! Till I can resist!]

    Lucia,

    Do us all a favour and ignore Dan.

  99. A spirited discussion about relaxing movies. I love this place. 🙂

    Good on your Reds, FEdmeister. Glad to hear they did well… even if reading the post-game article is like trying to parse a foreign language to me. 🙂

    (curls up with a football jargon glossary to sit here and translate)

    ‘Nix.

    [Thank you. Seeing as the referee might as well have been wearing a Barcelona shirt, judging by all the ridiculous free kicks he awarded, my boys did brilliantly. – Features Editor]

  100. Oh go on then…

    my film has to be `Back to the future` and my album would have to be `building the perfect beast` Don Henley.

    Happy birthday Peter!

    Cheers all.
    Adrian.

  101. Movie-Coal Miner’s Daughter (Reminds me of home)
    Album-On an Island(I swear I aint trying to suck up, I just love to listen to it when I’m stressed or anxious)

    Veronica,

    I would love to answer your questions about the bloggers get together. Sadly nothing is definite, yet. I promise it is still in the works, it’s just a difficult concept to plan with us all so far apart.

    Please don’t give up on us, some ideas for locations are coming along nicely, and I just hate to give out information until I know for sure.

    Peace
    Melissa(*_*)

    [We like your style, Melissa. Good things come to those who wait. – Features Editor]

  102. [Don’t worry, mate. I was just teasing you. I think you’re right about ‘relaxation’ meaning different things to different people, just as ‘music’ means different things to different people. I mean, Radiohead? – Features Editor]

    F’ed, You just know I have to wade in when you wave the R word about.

    Unsurprisingly I’m with Lucia on this.

    Just as Radiohead do indeed provide music of the highest class to certain ears (including David I might remind those new to our little discussions), a film about years of brutal imprisonment, corruption and buggery fails to “relax” those of us with heightened sensibilities .. but, hey, it takes all sorts.

    Well done the reds by the way – boy, would a Liverpool / Man U final be worth the admission money …

    [My dear Tim, you’re too easy. You shouldn’t let me wind you up like this. – Features Editor]

  103. [Oscars, Grammies (Grammys?)… What do they know, anyway? – Features Editor]

    No shit, Fed.

    George

  104. Hmmm, favorite album to relax to? Since Christmas, it would be a tie between On an Island and Modern Times..

    Favorite movie? The Last Waltz…..

    Yeah, I know my tastes are a tad odd, no need for anyone to point it out to me 😉

    Carol

  105. album: Kiri Te Kanawa singing ‘Strauss Four Last Songs’ or almost anything by Luis Miguel or Alejandro Sanz or listen to the pipes of Carlos Nakai.

    film is tough. I agree that some of these films mentioned are very good films. Shawshank, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, The Departed, Babel, Syriana. All great films, but violence is not relaxing to me. Love the Full Monty. Great humor, music,yet heartwarming. “Waking Ned Devine’ is a favorite (although, I have to admit that I watch alot of violent movies. My husband is squeamish, but not me. Couldn’t let him watch ‘Resevoir Dogs’ and yet I disliked ‘The Conversation’)

    Enjoyed watching great series on PBS like Dalgiesh and Inspecter Morse and Jane Tenneyson.

    Sorry, got way off topic, but all the different ideas make my mind wander. At any rate, some great and funny ideas and posts.

    Gabrielle hope you feel better soon.

    Good evening all,
    jan

  106. Well,

    I would have to pick Chicago’s Greatest Hits for the warm fuzzies and, JAWS for sentamental reasons.

    “It’s only an island if you look at it from the water”.

    (-:Tomi Sue:-)

  107. [I think you’re right about ‘relaxation’ meaning different things to different people, just as ‘music’ means different things to different people. I mean, Radiohead? – Features Editor]

    Funny thing today, I was previewing the new Picasso and American Art exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). A couple floors down from this installation, was the Modern Design Area, which displyed a nice collection of Rex Ray music poster art.

    Rex’s 6/27/01, Radiohead at Shoreline poster was the first one on display. Not on display? His 4/20,21,22/94, Pink Floyd at Oakland Coliseum. Coincidence, or, eye of the beholder?

  108. [LOL! 1-0 to Fed ! A premonition for tonight ? – Posted by: Michèle at February 21, 2007 04:10 PM]

    Incidentally, Michele, did you read my post that I addressed to you in connection to Jonathan Livingstone Seagull?

    Regards.

    Julie

  109. [Incidentally, Michele, did you read my post that I addressed to you in connection to Jonathan Livingstone Seagull? – Julie]

    Oh, Julie, yes I did !

    It took me a while to find your poem in the Poets Corner blog entry (in January 2006), but I did, and, obviously, did enjoy reading it, a real pleasure, and, yes, a close connexion between it, Jonathan Livingston Seagull philosophy and David, too …

    [show me how to fly so high…I’ve forgotten all my fears]

    Sorry if I offended you, it was not in my intention, you know, it’s far easier for me to joke with arab numbers (or digits ?) like 1-0, than expressing myself with english words and comments, above all when that concerns such nice, poetic and deep words as yours…What could I have added ?

    Still hope you ‘ll win the AL competition, I told you I so enjoyed your AL cover too!

    Michèle

  110. Happy Birthday Pete ! Have a good one.

    Martin.

    [Yes, have a good one, Pete. Enjoy your day. – Features Editor]

  111. Shawshank Redemption always reminds me of Tim Robbins. And I’ve been told by some that I look a little like Tim Robbins.

    Back to the Future is another great movie that was mentioned earlier with some wonderful dialogue in it.

    “All right, give me a Pepsi Free…”

    Andrew

  112. Nothing like watching Alien/Aliens on a cold, rainy night — got a cheap box-set a while back; couldn’t resist it. The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

    The Godfather, Fed? There’s an insight for us all. Great film — I knew you were taking lessons from somewhere….now I know where. The Welsh Cosa Nostra. 😉

    But you just cant beat the Carry On films — anyone remember all those films? I never get tired of them, never.

    On An Island is one of my favourite albums at the moment — very, very relaxing stuff.

    Best Wishes,
    Hysteron proteron

  113. hmmm Jonathon Livingston Seagul????

    ah well nice to see some fellow sylvian & bladerunner fans

    andy

  114. [My dear Tim, you’re too easy. You shouldn’t let me wind you up like this. – Features Editor]

    F’ed, it’s a long time since anyone called me easy!
    Now I hope you know I’m not at all wound up. This is sport in its purest form.

  115. Michele posted in response: [Sorry if I offended you, it was not in my intention, you know, it’s far easier for me to joke with arab numbers (or digits ?) like 1-0, than expressing myself with english words and comments, above all when that concerns such nice, poetic and deep words as yours…What could I have added ?]

    You did not offend me in the slightest. As you quoted someone else’s entry and had a joke about FEd’s comment, I was unsure as to whether you read my entry to you. Besides, you don’t know the meaning of the word offend. I’m certain that is not in your nature. 😉

    I just had to express my interest in Jonathan Livingstone Seagull to you. I have to admit I haven’t seen the film, but the book was unputdownable. (Sorry, did I just invent a word here?)As a matter of fact, I might even just go down to my personal library in my lounge and retrieve the book from the shelf and read it again.

    Anyway, as mentioned earlier, the chorus to Spread Our Wings was directly inspired by the book.

    Michele also said: [Still hope you ‘ll win the AL competition, I told you I so enjoyed your AL cover too!]

    Michele, for the first time today, after reading your response, I wanted to pick up my PC monitor and kiss it. After all the back patting that has been going on of late, I was really starting to doubt myself. I consigned myself to the rubbish bin.

    Best regards.

    Julie

  116. Keith Jarrett, The Köln Concert is the record that has lift my chin up more than once.

    Any scene from The Magical Mystery Tour playing when I close my eyes will speed up the lifting proces.

    The last lighthouse keeper from Transit Kings has been doing the trick for me lately, jeezs what a discovery.

  117. [By the way, has there been a decision made on where and when for the bloggers to get-together? Is there going to be someone who would coordinate for the accommodations, transportations, activities, etc. for the group? ppreciate it very much if you can provide us with the update? – Veronica]

    If you all wish to have a bloggers to get-together mixed with our annual UFO event in Folsom, I will be more than honored to cater to the needs of you kindred spirits out there.

    I have grown up in the Sacramento area and have been in the transportation and hospitality business for over 10 years. I have a team of people ready to assist with any DG blogger needs. Luxury transportation to and from your chosen accommodations is complimentary. We are more than happy to answer all questions with accurate and honest information…

    Let me remind you that from Folsom, beautiful Lake Tahoe is 1 1/2 hours drive East and SF is 1 1/2 hours drive West…

    Best Wishes, perhaps more to come…

  118. Thanks Phoenix and Melissa for getting back to me on the bloggers get-together. I thought the idea may have been put on the back-burner. I can understand how challenging it is to coordinate such kind of event with all of us scattered all over the world. Hope I can help.

    p.s. I love “A Beautiful Mind” – not a movie for relaxaton; but it is very inspiring and touching.

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