Daily Archives: July 2, 2011

Weekend Soundtrack: Songs To Relax To

It’s no secret that it’s near impossible to get a good night’s sleep in a hospital. Apart from the weird lights coming from all directions (thank you eye mask!!) it’s also really noisy. Nurses speed walking and chatting up and down the halls, carts of pills or laundry clattering past the door, and call buttons constantly beeping off in the distance.

Then of course, there’s the people who come at all hours to poke and prod me. They always want my blood. Even at 1am. They want to wrap blood pressure bands around me, check my dressings, check my pulse, check my oxygen.

And then, when I think it’s all over, my IV starts to beep because my bag of blood thinners has run out.

Like I said, it’s hard to sleep, so I don’t say no to the sleeping pills when they offer them to me. But sometimes a girl just wants some peace and quiet to relax to. When this happens, I put on my eye mask and headphones and zone out to some of my favourite, most relaxing music.

So far, my music highlights have all been pretty upbeat for things like running or driving in the car. But these days I mostly need something to help me chill. Here’s some of my favourite low-key tunes:


There are so many Sufjan Stevens songs I could add to this list, but this one is just so melodic and sweet. The song doesn’t have an actual video though, so there’s nothing really to “watch” if you click above.


ALL of the music from Great Lake Swimmers is very mellow, actually great music to fall asleep to. This particular one is my favourite though, and the video was filmed for one of my favourite Canadian radio shows.


José González is another musician who seems to put out consistently chill music. I used to study to it all the time in university. This song is a cover, but his version is the only one I know. He also does a great cover of “Teardrop.”


Does anyone even still listen to Death Cab For Cutie anymore? Or am I just still stuck in 2005? This song starts out suuuper slow, which is what I love about it. Then it slowly builds up to this soft and thoughtful tune.


I found this song by way of how I find a lot of my music – through online streaming “radio stations.” It is just such a pretty song. Almost like Joni Mitchell, except I can’t fully commit to that comment, because I am usually pretty vocal about my dislike for Joni Mitchell. But then, I’m usually full of hypocritical statements anyways.


Things are rather quiet here at the hospital this long weekend. Been up and about and it feels good to be allowed to move around again! It’s a beautiful day so I’m going to try to get outdoors for some fresh air. I should be able to pop in again tomorrow. Have a great Saturday!