When I settle in to meditate, I choose to play music about 30% of the time. When I do choose to play music, I always play my Paul Cardall Pandora station. I also exclusively use the same station when I teach meditation. Paul is my go to meditation musician for two main reasons.
First, his music is divine. I find most of his songs to be soothing, uplifting, empowering, and/or inspiring. I shy away from melancholy when practicing or teaching meditation. There is enough melancholy in regular life. His songs also do not typically have lyrics, works well for me. I need to be focused on my experience or the experience I am creating for others. He is also a pianist. I don’t know why, but my strong personal preference is piano for meditation. No guitars please! They have a place, but it is not in my meditation space.
Second, he is an amazing person who has succeeded in spite of his circumstances. Here is his story from his website:
Originally from Salt Lake City, and now based in Nashville, Cardall was born with a congenitally defective heart and had surgery within days of his birth. Even though he survived the difficult operation, doctors warned his parents that he might not live beyond his first year. But, Paul surprised everyone and not only enjoyed his first birthday, he celebrated many more. As a teenager he underwent several additional corrective open-heart surgeries. Later, at the age of 35, Paul’s heart began to fail once more. A candidate for heart transplant, Paul patiently waited 385 days before receiving a donated heart. After all the illness, and waiting, and surgeries, Paul found a renewed vigor for life. Nine months to the day after his surgery, he summited Mount Olympus in honor of his organ donor. During this time, he created the Paul Cardall Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to those affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). Additionally he established an endowment at Salt Lake Community College offering scholarships to college students suffering from CHD.http://www.paulcardall.com/about
Thanks for enduring my declaration of love for Paul and his music. Who are your favorite artists for meditation?