Catmean's Favorite Music
maintained by Roy Jones,
"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don't open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument."

Jalal al-Din Rumi

what music would you like today?

Various artists, Claude Challe (prod.)

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An amazing fusion of world music, this CD has a little something for everyone. Ambient electronica, to classical, to salsa and beats, it includes instrumental and spoken songs in about a dozen languages. I especially love Malik's amusing cover of "Theme from Shaft." Wonderful to listen to even when you're NOT doing henna.

Asian Travels, Vol. 1: A Six Degrees Collection

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This disc is a little more traditional, but is definitely heavier on electronic beats. It's soothing, but you could still dance to it if you want to. I love to put this one on for people who genuinely seem interested in henna and it's history. Check out Ghoom Charakhana (Talvin Singh 'Future Sound Of India' Mix) by Najma, it's one of the best tracks.

Shepherd Moons

I have always loved Enya, in fact, any CD she's put out would be a benefit to your music library. Whenever I have a rotten day and I need to completely focus inward, I'll grab a cone and put this on. By the time I get to "Ebudae" I'm ready to take on the world again.

Macross Plus Vol 1 Soundtrack
Yoko Kanno

Yoko Kanno, who composes many many anime soundtracks is known for her use of world beats and imaginary languages. Don't let the fact that it's anime OR a soundtrack turn you off, the music is excellent on its own. "After, In the Dark" is a favorite with fans and non-fans alike; to me, it's the crown jewel of her portfolio. Also notable are "Voices" and "Wanna be an Angel."

Pan Flutes of the Andes
Los Calchakis

This is a great disc of Peruvian music, mixing guitars, pan flutes, and festive vocals. My favorite is "Lima Morena." While not from a henna specific country, South American music is especially haunting and adds an interesting flavor to henna, I think. It reminds me that there are so many good things to learn and share amongst ourselves. Like me as a Hispanic wearing henna and bindi just because I'm having sushi for dinner tonight.

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