Stay Zen, Stay Curious

Feeling zen has a lot to do with clearing some space in your head that's cluttered by the daily grind of cellphone screens, e-mails and random shouting from your TV (especially true in this political cycle). It's important to let go. It's easier said than done of course, but music can certainly help. In the latest installment of the Merkaela music series I created a Zen playlist in conjunction with this month box of goodies that has a distinctly Zen flavor.

My playlist starts with a beautiful piano track, appropriately entitled An Ending, A Beginning by Dustin O'Halloran. It's really a perfect starting point, with a slow moving piano groove it sets the perfect tone for the rest of our journey. The next 3 tracks are some of my favorites of all time. The combination of SG Lewis's Holding Back and Alina Baraz's Make You Feel really gives you a super chill vibe but throwing in a cut called Mmmh Jaaazz by Kolja Gerstenberg really takes the experience up a notch. 

Mostly I wanted to keep the playlist on the electronic side of things. Setting up an interesting dynamic of a zen feeling infused with modern and digital technology. I used tracks from the likes of deadmau5, slushii, Tycho and the newcomer Maggie Rogers. There are some tracks that use pianos and guitars, but mainly I left them as a interesting flavor to move our journey along. Let me shut up now so you can enjoy the music and start feeling zen in 3, 2, 1...

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