Artists Who Soothe My Soul

grant-greenThere are certain artists who I wish I could just hard wire into my psyche. These are the ones who never fail to make me feel better no matter what is going on with me. They are kind of like a safety valve or a pacifier, if you know what I mean.

I will never forget one winter when I was commuting to work on an icy highway in the winter and some foolish idiot in a speeding SUV crossed the median and hit me head-on. I had the proverbial experience of seeing my life, as if in a movie, flash before my eyes. The next thing I remember was hearing Albert King singing “The Sky Is Crying”. I had propelled into the dashboard and turned on the CD player as the air bag deployed and cut my face. Hearing Albert was all I needed to chill out. When the Emergency Medical Technicians arrived they had to work hard to convince me to go to the hospital because I was already fine.

There are some artists that I can only listen to when I am in the right mood. For example, I once had to turn off Sun Ra while I was driving lest I run off the road. Yet some musicians always satisfy my soul.

I know that I will leave many out in this list (and you might say about some of these, but, what about (a particular song)?  Feel free to comment about this. Here is my list, in no particular order:

The Grateful Dead, Grant Green, Albert King, Kenny Burrell, Pharoah Sanders, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, The Beatles, Bob Marley and the Wailers (including Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer), Burning Spear, Toots and The Maytals, The Allman Brothers, Canned Heat, The Moody Blues, Otis Rush, Neil Young, Horace Silver and others.

Who do you listen to when you need to chill?

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