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 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)

A friend who is staying with me has been experiencing anxiety and is trying to calm his system (he also has high blood pressure). I happen to have a massive soundtrack collection, so I'm trying to come up with some soothing scores that I could share with him. At the moment I'm playing Herrmann's THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR, which seems to be working well - but I'm sure there are countless others that would do the trick. Any thoughts would be most welcome!

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Charlie Chan   (Member)


The Romantic Love themes in John Barry's version of King Kong are very relaxing.


 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Somewhere in Time ( speaking of Barry) is amazingly relaxing.

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

My go-to relaxing soundtracks:

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Russia House
The Terminal
Out of Africa
Dances With Wolves
Somewhere in Time
Edward Scissorhands

Usually though if I'm looking for a specific mood, I will create a playlist and pick and choose from the scores that I have. An example of a recent playlist:

Prologue (Birth)
Main Title (Taxi Driver)
Storytime (Edward Scissorhands)
Bat Cave (Batman)
The Death of Marilyn/Dad's a Genius (ID4)
Many Meetings (LOTR:Fellowship)
End Credits (Apollo 13)
The Hand of Fate Part II (Signs)
Swimming (Waterworld)
The Harvest (Medicine Man)
Crossed Legs (Basic Instinct)
New Sight (ST: Insurrection)
Honey (The 13th Warrior)
Home Safe (The Haunting)
Lucy's Party (Dracula)
Farewell and End Titles (Dances w/ Wolves)
A Tree for my bed/My Friend the Brachiosaurus/Remembering Petticoat Lane (Jurassic Park)
End Credits (Jaws 2)

Light comedy and romantic drama tend to have really mellow scores.

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   Illustrator   (Member)

Morricone's Maddalena, Giu La Testa and I Promessi Sposi spring to mind but as I type this I'm thinking Days Of Heaven, Il Prato, El Greco and Mission To Mars...

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Most of the tracks from PARIS, TEXAS would fit the bill.
But the best presentations of relaxing soundtracks would be specific selections pulled together from lots of albums. Even some of my most raucous soundtracks have some passages of gentler, relaxing music that would be a fine addition to a compilation.

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   BackToTheFutureFan   (Member)

Most of the music I listen to for meditation or when feeling anxious are non-soundtrack since I tend to go for something more ambient. If I were to pick a few soundtracks, they would be:

Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks - Brian Eno
1492: Conquest Of Paradise - Vangelis
The New World - James Horner
Beyond Rangoon - Hans Zimmer
Regarding Henry - Hans Zimmer
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Jeremy Soule

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   OneBuckFilms   (Member)

I would add March of the Pengines by Alex Wurman.

This is one I find engaging and extremely relaxing.

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)

Those are some excellent suggestions - for some reason the Barry stuff totally slipped my mind. Many thanks for all of your responses!

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Friedhofer--The Best Years of Our lives

Miles Davis -- Kind of Blue

Grant Green -- Idle Moments

Goldsmith -- A Patch of Blue

Vaughan Williams -- Lark Assending, Greensleeves, etc.

Rota -- Romeo and Juliet

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

Psycho- Herrmann, Conan the Barbarian -Poledouris, A Fistfull of Dollars -Moricone. Hahaha, just kidding.

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Morricone's Oceano is hypnotic.

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD by Goldsmith is another good one!:-)

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

Alexandre Desplat: The Tree of Life, The Girl With the Pearl Earring
John Adams: Common Tones in Simple Time

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   pzfan   (Member)

Some relaxing Christopher Young off the top of my head:
An Unfinished Life
Haunted Summer
A Child's Game

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

Check out MOSS by Jason Graves.

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)


 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Leo Nicols   (Member)

'The Beyondness of things' and 'Eternal Echoes' two albums by John Barry.....although not soundtracks these are the ones I listen to for calmness in these harrowing times.

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Upstream Color by Shane Carruth
Tales From the Loop by Philip Glass and Paul Leonard-Morgan
Tallis Fantasia by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Although i find they have an underlying melancholy aspect to them that maybe won't suit. But they're very restful, i find.

Meet Joe Black by Thomas Newman

Arrival of the Birds by Johann Johannsson

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2020 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

increbula - I know that it's very annoying when people don't follow the directives and go off on a tangent, effectively not being a help in any way. Let me be that person.

I would say that, generally speaking, soundtracks are the worst things you could use. In the vast majority of cases there are going to be mood-busting tracks, or sections of tracks. It's the logical nature of the beast.

That's not to say that there haven't been any good suggestions from the other folks, but the playlist idea is a good one. Failing that (like if it'll be a hassle putting one together at this late stage), non-soundracks would be the way to go. There are so many artists on Spotify, YouTube etc that have soothing/ relaxing albums up that you're spoiled for choice. I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Classical, symphonic, jazz, New Age... Does your friend have a preference for - or an aversion to - any particular style of music? Does he enjoy listening to soundtracks in general but needs guidance in finding (or your choosing) the right ones?

Good luck! I hope you find some things which do the trick.

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