When he was very small, he used to listen to Enya's "Shepherd Moons" album. If you don't know the magic that is this album and you're a mom, you need to learn about it. My daughter posted pictures of her living room one day during naptime - everyone was asleep - cats, teenagers, daddy, and the baby Her caption? "Enya means naptime for all species."
|Mercury is sacked out. Again.|
But, eventually her little prince could outlast the soothing tones of the Irish chanteuse and so my daughter had to up the ante. She brought out the big guns: The Benedictines of Mary (Ephesus, Mo.). His favorite night-night album is "Angels and Saints at Ephesus". I have to concur. He's a smart lad, that one. I reviewed it here and I have to say, it's my favorite of the three they've released.
So, now the album plays on repeat for about 2-3 hours during the day and all night. I can hear it now as I am writing. And even though I am not paying attention to the words, the peace of the prayer that the nuns are singing seeps into my sub-conscious and makes things, well...better.
Life is stressful. It's complex and challenging. Surrounding yourself with prayer, even by association, helps to combat that tension. I am sure there are real reasons why this works. I am not a music therapist and couldn't tell you for certain. But I suspect it's the subject matter and the tempo, which generally stays right between 70 - 90 beats per minute (right around the speed of a heartbeat). And, of course, it's beautiful.
To hear samples from this album and/or buy it, click here. I don't think you'll be sorry.