As many of you know, music is an integral part of my life. In fact, I listen to music virtually all day long. My Ipod plays as I commute, throughout my day at the office and keeps on playing after I get home from a hard day’s work. It lifts me up, calms me down, helps me focus a busy mind, brings joy to my heart and enriches every moment of the day.
Music helps to remind me how to be present in the moment, allowing me to quiet my mind, take a step back from racing thoughts. It helps me balance emotional states, promote a sense of well-being and connect to deep, profound feelings — without drugs or therapy. It has helped me connect to other cultures and realize we are all one family. As Bob Marley said, “the thing about music is that when it hits, you feel no pain.” I couldn’t agree more.
For the last decade or so, I’ve been sharing my love of music with my patients, suggesting artists to know, albums to buy and playlists to assemble. Now, due to popular demand and the ubiquity of Ipods, I’m sharing my playlists, with a little help from Itunes. Here are some beautiful mellow cover versions of some classics by artists from all over the world to help you chill out thru the summer:
Lipmo’s Summer Chill-Out Covers
Summertime, (George Gershwin) by Angelique Kidjo
As Tears Go By, (Rolling Stones) by Marianne Faithful
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, (Rolling Stones) by Cat Power
Poetry Man, (Phoebe Snow) by Zap Mama
Most of the Time, (Bob Dylan) by Sophie Zelmani
Chelsea Hotel, (Leonard Cohen) by Rufus Wainwright
Downpressor Man, (Peter Tosh) by Sinead O’Connor
Time, (Pink Floyd) by Easy Star All-Stars
Imagine, (John Lennon) by Khaled & Noa