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The Serenity Thread - For relaxation, positivity, inspiration, and joy
Happy Valentine's Day!

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Andy Williams

Live Selections from The Andy Williams Show

The Heather On The Hill (October 25, 1962)

Falling In Love With Love (October 12, 1964)

More (November 30, 1964)

Dear Heart (with Henry Mancini) (January 11, 1965)

Autumn (January 11, 1965)

In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (May 31, 1965)

All Through The Night (September 20, 1965)

Speak Low (October 11, 1965)

Try To Remember (October 25, 1965)

The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme From "The Sandpiper") (January 3, 1966)

Fascination (with Roger Williams) (January 3, 1966)

You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (January 17, 1966)

On A Clear Day (January 17, 1966)

My Funny Valentine (February 14, 1966)

Almost There (February 14, 1966)

You'll Never Walk Alone (March 7, 1966)

Where Or When (October 9, 1966)

The Shining Sea (October 16,1966)

I've Got You Under My Skin (October 30, 1966)

And We Were Lovers (Theme From "The Sand Pebbles") (December 4, 1966)

In The Still Of The Night (January 22, 1967)

God Only Knows (November 6, 1967)

Somewhere (November 6, 1967)

This Guy's In Love With You (May 4, 1969)

I Have Dreamed (October 18, 1969)

Happy Easter!

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Andrea Bocelli: Music For Hope

Live From Duomo di Milano

On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, by invitation of the city and of the Duomo cathedral of Milan, Italian global music icon Andrea Bocelli gave a solo performance representing a message of love, healing, and hope to Italy and to the world.

Panis Angelicus (from “Messe Solennelle” Op. 12, FWV 61)
César Franck

Ave Maria, CG 89a (arr. from Johann Sebastian Bach, “Prelude” no. 1, BWV 846)
Charles-François Gounod

Sancta Maria (arr. from “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Intermezzo)
Pietro Mascagni

Domine Deus (from “Petite Messe Solennelle”)
Gioachino Antonio Rossini

Amazing Grace
John Newton


Richard Wagner

Good Friday Music from Parsifal

Vienna Philharmonic

Conductor: Rudolf Kempe

Recorded in 1960


František Tůma

Stabat Mater

Collegium 1704

Conductor: Václav Luks

00:00 - 01 Stabat Mater
02:06 - 02 O quam tristis
03:26 - 03 Quis est homo
04:55 - 04 Pro peccatis suae gentis
06:04 - 05 Vidit suum
07:09 - 06 Eia Mater
08:11 - 07 Sancta Mater
10:09 - 08 Fac mje tecum
11:47 - 09 Virgo virginum praeclara
13:55 - 10 Christe, cum sit hinc exire
14:27 - 11 Quando corpus morietur


Happy Spring!

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Jordan Hart - I Don't Want To Let You Go

Simon Alexander - Riverine

Jonny Hayes - Bathe

The Satellite Station - Growing Old

From The Ferns (feat. Benjamin Torrens) - Heavy Fall

Firewoodisland - Soon

Henry Jamison (feat. Darlingside) - I Forget Myself

Youth Novels - What If

Haux - Calico

Simon Alexander - Ocean

Jaguar Sun - This Empty Town

Alex Bayly - New America

All Faces - Rose Fields

Harrison Storm - Falling Down

Sonofdov - The Prophet

Reddening West - Adrift

Amory Pitt - On My Mind

Marti West - Give Me Light

Positive News:

Eating foods high in flavonoids lessens the risk of cognitive decline

We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet. And while filling up on foods like peppers, oranges, strawberries, and blueberries can help support virtually all elements of your physical health, a new study published in the American Academy of Neurology journal finds that they are also beneficial for your mental wellness. The reason? These snacks are all high in flavonoids, which can ultimately help lessen the risk of cognitive decline.

Dr. Walter Willett, the professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, professor of medicine at Harvard University, and study author, explained that flavonoids are compounds that are filled with antioxidants; they are typically found in most fruits and vegetables. To discover how flavonoids improve brain sharpness, Dr. Willett and his team looked into data from 75,000 participants, who were 50 years old (on average) at the start of the study and are now in their 70s and 80s. Over the course of a 25-year timespan, the researchers analyzed participants' questionnaires at four-year intervals and found that those who ate 600 milligrams (which translates to 0.02 ounces) of flavonoids every day had a 20 percent reduced risk of cognitive decline—as opposed to people who consumed just 150 milligrams (or 0.005 ounces) of these antioxidants on a daily basis.

According Dr. Willett, it's never too early to begin eating a flavonoid-rich diet; he explained that brains start declining starting in our 20s and 30s, but that reduction in cognitive function isn't noticeable until around 70 years of age. Thanks to foods filled with flavonoids, that deterioration should be less severe, since their anti-inflammatory nature helps prevent damage to the blood supply, which is "an important contributor to cognitive decline," he added.

In addition to eating foods high in flavonoids, like strawberries, which have nearly 180 milligrams (0.006 ounces) per a 100-gram (three-and-a-half-ounces) serving, or apples, which have 113 milligrams (0.003 ounces) in each serving, Dr. Willett noted that it is important to prioritize a well-balanced lifestyle, which should be full of physical exercise and free from smoking. "Nutrition has a lot to do with our cognitive health, and the choices that we make today concerning the things we consume have a big role to play later in life in protecting our brains," he said.



Wojciech Kilar - Love Remembered


The Joy of Painting:

Season 3, Episode 2 - "Blue Moon"


Phil Keaggy - Fragile Forest



Season 1, Episode 5 - "Dog"


Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires - The Color Of A Cloudy Day



Dominique Nicosia, French luthier, shows his technique for making violins.

The documentary was filmed in Mirecourt, France and released in 2020.


Jazz Urbaine - Love Theme From Blade Runner


Virtual Relaxation Space:

"Gentle Wind in the Mountains"

The video recordings were made in Arosa, Switzerland.

Length: 4 hours


Jim Chappell - Heartsong



America's National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park in the southeastern United States, with parts in Tennessee and North Carolina. The park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The park contains some of the highest mountains in eastern North America, including Clingmans Dome, Mount Guyot, and Mount Le Conte. The border between the two states runs northeast to southwest through the center of the park. The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its route from Georgia to Maine. With 12.5 million visitors in 2019, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States.

The park is almost 95 percent forested, and almost 36 percent of it, 187,000 acres (76,000 ha), is estimated by the Park Service to be old growth forest with many trees that predate European settlement of the area. It is one of the largest blocks of deciduous, temperate, old growth forest in North America.

The variety of elevations, the abundant rainfall, and the presence of old growth forests give the park an unusual richness of biota. About 19,000 species of organisms are known to live in the park, and estimates as high as an additional 100,000 undocumented species may also be present.
Park officials count more than 200 species of birds, 50 species of fish, 39 species of reptiles, and 43 species of amphibians, including many lungless salamanders. The park has a noteworthy black bear population, numbering about 1,500. Elk (wapiti) were reintroduced to the park in 2001. Elk are most abundant in the Cataloochee area in the southeastern section of the park.

It is also home to species of mammals such as the raccoon, bobcat, two species of fox, river otter, woodchuck, beaver, two species of squirrel, opossum, coyote, white-tailed deer, chipmunk, two species of skunk, and various species of bats.

Over 100 species of trees grow in the park. The lower region forests are dominated by deciduous leafy trees. At higher altitudes, deciduous forests give way to coniferous trees like Fraser fir. In addition, the park has over 1,400 flowering plant species and over 4,000 species of non-flowering plants.


Philip Aaberg - O, Shenandoah


Tiny Home Living with Bryce Langston:

"Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home"

May 3, 2016

This 40ft shipping container home is packed with clever space-saving features. It's solar powered, collects rain-water, and can even sleep up to 7 people.

"This Man's Forest Den Home Only Cost $12 to Build!"

July 13, 2016

Originally designed and built by an architecture student, who wanted to experiment with creating super-affordable housing using reclaimed materials, this forest den has served as a comfortable home for David Gell for 5 years!

"Young Woman Builds Beautiful Recycled Tiny House For US$19,000"

August 24, 2016

Annelies is a young furniture maker in Christchurch, New Zealand, who has turned her skills towards crafting her own tiny house on wheels. Many of the materials in her house have been reclaimed from homes damaged in the terrible earthquake of 2011.

"Super Spacious Dream Tiny House Made With SIPs"

November 2, 2016

Antje's spectacular tiny house on wheels is modern, spacious and filled with character and charm. Made from SIPs (structurally insulated panels) and off-the-grid ready, there's certainly no compromise here in terms of space, or design.

"Couple Build Tiny House To Live Big In Retirement"

January 17, 2017

Adrienne and Dave are no ordinary couple and they have come up with a truly unique plan for their retirement. After selling the family home to their son, the couple built a tiny house on wheels where they plan to spend their golden years in style.


Phil Cunningham - Strathglass


Aquascaping with George Farmer:

"Full Tour of a Beautiful Aquascape Store - Riverwood Aquatics"

Full tour of the beautiful aquascape store, Riverwood Aquatics featuring some amazing paludariums, planted tanks and aquascapes.

"3 Epic Low Tech Aquascapes (Non-CO2)"

George shows you three epic low tech aquascapes belonging to Ray from Scaped Nature.

"EPIC NEW Aquascape Store - Horizon Aquatics"

"Low Tech Non-CO2 - 30 Gallon Aquascape Tutorial - Full Step-by-Step"

Full step by step setting up Oase StyleLine 125 (115 litres / 30 US Gallons) nature aquarium style aquascape planted tank using Tropica aquarium plants.

Tank - Oase StyleLine 125 (115 litres / 30 US gallons)
Lighting - 2 x 12w LED 6500K, 8 hours
Filtration - Oase BioPlus 200 Thermo
Substrate - Tropica Aquarium Soil with ADA La Plata sand
Wood - Horn wood
Rocks - Grey Mountain Rocks
Plants - Anubias 'Petite', Anubias barteri barteri. Anubias gracelis, Anubias angustifolia, Bolbitis heudelotii, Crpytocoryne parva, Crpytocoryne wendtii 'Tropica', Ludwigia repens 'Rubin'

"The Most Beautiful 125 gallon Aquarium - Cinematic 2020"

A cinematic special of Ady Myers' amazing 125 gallon (500 litre) long-term nature aquarium aquascape.


Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre - Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa (I Will Find Solace)


Classical Journey:

Ernest John Moeran

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Ernest John Smeed Moeran was an English composer of part-Irish extraction, whose work was strongly influenced by English and Irish folk music of which he was an assiduous collector. His output includes orchestral pieces, concertos, chamber and keyboard works, and a number of choral and song cycles as well as individual songs.

He was born December 31, 1894 in Heston, Middlesex. His father was an Anglican clergyman born in Ireland and his mother was from the eastern part of England. When he was still a young boy, his father was transferred to Bacton, on the coast near Norfolk.

Ernest's early exposure to music was largely through hymn singing and folk songs, and he taught himself to read music from the hymnals. When he was enrolled in Uppingham School near Cromer, he learned the violin. His music master there was Robert Sterndale Bennett, grandson of Sir William Sterndale Bennett, one of the few notable English composers of the generation preceding Elgar.

Moeran studied at the Royal College of Music under Charles Villiers Stanford before service in the army during the First World War, in which he was wounded. After the war he was a pupil of John Ireland, and quickly established a reputation as a composer of promise with a number of well-received works. From 1925 to 1928 he shared a cottage with the composer Peter Warlock; the bohemian lifestyle and heavy drinking during this period interrupted his creativity for a while, and sowed the seeds of the alcoholism that would blight his later life. He resumed composing in the 1930s, and re-established his reputation with a series of major works, including a symphony and a violin concerto. From 1934 onwards he spent much of his time in Ireland, mainly in the coastal town of Kenmare.

In 1945 Moeran married the cellist Peers Coetmore, and for her he composed several works for cello. The marriage was not destined to last, and Moeran's final years were lonely. He died at Kenmare on 1 December 1950, having fallen into the water after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage. A second symphony was left unfinished at the time of his death. Composer Anthony Payne declared that "Moeran occupied a minor place in the music of his time, but his meticulously polished and ready technique is unsurpassed among his British contemporaries. This craftsmanship is evident in the clarity of his textures and processes, and in the superb sonority of his orchestral writing".

Three Piano Pieces (1919)

Piano: Iris Loveridge

00:00 - I. Lake Island (Lento)
04:41 - II. Autumn Woods (Moderato)
08:23 - III. At a Horse Fair (Vivace)

Recorded in 1958-1959

In The Mountain Country, Symphonic Impression (1921)

Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley

On a May Morning (1921)

Piano: Iris Loveridge

Recorded in 1959

Stalham River (1921)

Piano: Eric Parkin

Toccata (1921)

Piano: Duncan Honeybourne

Recorded in 2012

Rhapsody No. 1 in F Major (1922)

Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley

Rhapsody No. 2 in E Major (1924; rev. 1941)

Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley

Summer Valley (1925)

Piano: Paul Guinery

Recorded in 2011

Two Pieces for Small Orchestra (1931)

Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley

I.  Lonely Waters (1932) 00:00-09:20
II. Whythorne's Shadow (1931) 09:20-15:55

Berceuse (1933)

Piano: Eric Parkin

Prelude in G minor (1933)

Piano: Eric Parkin

Nocturne, for Baritone, Chorus and Orchestra (1934)

Baritone: Hugh Mackey
Choir: Renaissance Singers
Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley

Symphony in G minor (1934-1937)

BBC Philharmonic
Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky
Recording: Brigdewater Hall, Manchester, February 5, 2010

I.  Allegro (0:00)
II.  Lento (13:44)
III. Vivace (26:01)
IV.  Lento - Allegro (31:02)

Violin Concerto (1942)

Violin: John Georgiadis

Recorded in 1976

Rhapsody No. 3 in F-sharp major for Piano and Orchestra (1943)

Piano: Margaret Fingerhut
Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley

Prelude for Cello and Piano (1943)

Cello: Alexander Baillie
Piano: John Thwaites

Sinfonietta (1944)

Northern Sinfonia
Conductor: Richard Hickox

I.  Allegro con brio
II.  Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro risoluto

Overture for a Masque (1944)

Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley

Cello Concerto (1945)

Cello: Guy Johnston
Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: JoAnn Falletta

I.  Moderato  0:00
II.  Adagio  11:14
III. Allegretto deciso, alla marcia  18:20

Fantasy Quartet, for Oboe and Strings (1946)

Oboe: Sarah Francis
English String Quartet

Recorded in 1984

Serenade in G major (1948)

Northern Sinfonia
Conductor: Richard Hickox

I.  Prologue
II.  Air
III. Galop
IV.  Minuet
V.  Rigadoon
VI.  Epilogue


Michael Hoppé:

Quiet Storms

Romances For Flute And Harp

Lou Anne Neill - Harp

Louise Di Tullio - Flute

This Recording Released:1988

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01 - Eyes Of The Wind Theme 0:00
02 - Quiet Storms 5:03
03 - Andrew's Theme From "Misunderstood" 10:08
04 - Sandcastles 14:35
05 - Petite Giselle 19:24
06 - October Poem 22:55
07 - Avalon 28:22
08 - Waltz For Raphael 34:24
09 - Nocturne 36:47
10 - Pieces Of Moon 41:15
11 - Eyes Of The Wind Theme (Reprise) 46:17


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