MuddyShoe'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?

Fairy Heart Magic
Gary Stadler
Fairy Heart Magic is a whimsical journey into the realm of the Fae and Gary Stadler's uplifting melodies always help awaken my creativity and emotional center. If you aren't daydreaming with visions of the fairy folk dancing around you by the time you reach my favorite track 6, "Sa'Brooke", then my friend, you are artistically plugged. :) Various Stadler albums played in the background as I penned my "Muddyshoes Chronicles" which are still in production, by the way.
Burn and Shiver
Azure Ray
I found Azure Ray completely by accident. Their style is also entrancing, much like Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver" was for us folks of the 70s. "Burn and Shiver" was my first Azure Ray album and it also helps put me in the right frame of mind for creative endeavors. Very melodic and as soothing as the ocean's waves.
Celtic Book of Days
David Arkenstone
David Arkenstone and I go way back to the first time "New Age" music came around in the 1980s. Unlike most "albums" that have the word Celtic in the title, David Arkenstone takes this CD in a whole new direction combining both, upbeat Celtic tempos with soothing and airy, new-age melodies. Great stuff when I'm looking for a mood-lifter.
Space Age Bachelor Pad Music
Esquivel was one of the earliest artists to use synthesized music, way back in the 1950s. You already know many of his songs, but they've been redone countless times over the years. This album hearkens back to everything stereotypical about the 1950s and it only takes hearing "Mucha Muchacha" one time to have that song stuck in your head for weeks.
The Music of Disneyland
Walt Disney World and Epcot Center
You probably don't know that I worked at Disney World in Orlando for almost 15 years doing everything from bussing tables to fixing computer to even giving guided tours to the public, and private tours to VIPs. If you ever visited Disney between March of 1981 and July of 1995, then you might have seen me. Or not. Even met my wife there along the way. Every song on the album is special to me and while this particular album is not related to henna in any particular way, it's still one I play when the stresses of life get me down. There are many variations of it for sale on Amazon.
Cold Mountain
Original Film Soundtrack
For almost 4 months last year, I lived in and walked through the Appalachian Mountains in search of greater meaning to my life. Every 5 days or so, I'd pass in or near a small town, each of which was full of local culture and mostly untouched by the ravages of time and globalization. About midway through my hike, I had my iPod sent up with the Cold Mountain soundtrack which I'd listen to in the evenings before falling asleep among the oaks, poplars, maples and countless creatures who lived there with me.
Box of Dreams
Considered cliche by some, Enya epitomizes New Age music and while much of her work sounds similar, Enya fans will appreciate the Box of Dreams which covers all the years of her career and is the most extensive collection of her works available in one set. - Hence the price. But still worth it for anyone who is an Enya fan.

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