Nice and Easy

Since I started playing, listening to, and studying music over ten years ago, I’ve noticed that there’s a faction of people who don’t find much reward in music that doesn’t make you want to groove, nod your head, or drive twenty miles over the speed limit.

While the upbeat stuff is all good fun (and probably outweighs everything else on my CD shelf 2 to 1), by closing off your ears and your minds to the other side of the spectrum, you’re missing out on half a world’s worth of heartfelt artistic expression.

And in the words of Garth Algar, that’s just really sad. Because you’re not just going through life without the music itself – you’re living without taking in the beauty and the serenity that it embodies.

As we ramp up into the home stretch of preparations for this year’s PARMA Music Festival, we understand now more than ever how important it is to find a minute or two amid the chaos to click your brain off and just relax. The songs on this playlist have helped to keep me mellow as we count down the hours before the nonstop action and excitement that the festival will bring, and I think they’ll help you unwind and float off to your happy place too.

So have a listen and take it easy for now, and we’ll see you at the Kickoff! event tomorrow morning at the North Church of Portsmouth.

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