Day 4 of the 25 songs in 25 days challenge – and today I’ve got to share a song that calms me down.

Well, that opens a very wide door, so it’s going to be hard to pin down just one.

You see, it depends…

It depends on what I need calming down FROM, doesn’t it? I mean, I could be pumped with adrenaline readying myself for a gig

[though truth be told, I have other ways of centering and calming myself in that particular heightened state]

I could be angry at someone else’s behavior; or angry at my own frustrated response to situations where I could choose to take difficult/painful action. I could be snapping at the kids because they’re interrupting me on the cusp of literary invention. I could be buzzing with the rush of a new song, poem or story, in the flow and just flying…

All such situations, could demand that I calm down.

Unless I didn’t want to… And, as I often choose to use emotional energy as a source of creativity and action, I’m not sure I always do.

So, let me think of times when I want to ease my conscious mind – calm the noise – so that my sub-conscious can emerge and yield whatever is growing within. When I write, when I noodle on the guitar, when I’m coding, when I sit writing poetry live… All these are times when I use music as backdrop

[much as I did when revising for exams earlier in my life]

I have a number of playlists that I’ll draw on – sometimes genre, sometimes an artist’s complete works, sometimes one album on repeat, sometimes even my own songs

[though I’ve taken a decision not to share my own music as part of this challenge]

OK then… A song that I use to calm myself enough to travel to other places. I’ll choose Big Dipper, by Cracker, a band that are often the backdrop to my writing activity. In particular, I enjoy the imagery and yearning of this song, and David Lowery‘s lyrics, impressionistic as ever, opening windows into a story that we complete ourselves.

So, here’s a song that calms me down: Big Dipper by Cracker.

This version is from the Live at Rockpalast record – though you can get a choice of 2 studio versions – the original from The Golden Age, and a reworked song from the Greatest Hits Redux record

[the one I’d encourage you to buy – when the band learned its former label was going to release a greatest hits, they played a masterstroke by re-recording all their greatest hits and releasing it themselves on the same day!]