Twenty minutes ago, I received the blessing of lulling my daughter, Mary, to sleep. I napped on the couch when I heard Mikki (my wife) calling me. I rose from my nap, comforted Mary, and delivered her back to her bed after her diaper change.

Mary’s sleeping posture is a curious and slightly humorous one, both hands behind her head as if relaxing in a peaceful meadow on a mild spring day.

Every few seconds, Mary’s deep blue eyes opened to seek the faces in the room. Mommy and I both perched by her little bed, I reached out and gently placed my palm on her cheek, thumb stroking her brow, her eyelids uniting in perfect peace.

Mikki then tuned her iPad to one of Mary’s favorite lullabies, Spiegel Im Spiegel by composer Arvo Part.  Personally I find the piece too emotionally intense to bring me any rest, but it soothes Mary.

Over the past few months, my musical tastes have oriented toward classical, and throughout my listening I have compiled a list of songs which bring feelings of tranquility.  In no particular order:

  1. Gustav Mahler – “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5
  2. John Tavener – Funeral Canticle (a very beautiful choral piece)
  3. Frederic Chopin – The Lullaby
  4. Claude Debussy – Album Leaf
  5. Gabriel Faure – Nocturne
  6. Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum – Jesu, Son Most Sweet and Dear (It’s a Christmas song, but very beautiful and serene)
  7. Arvo Part – I am the True Vine

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