A Special Music Post!
I was inspired by Week 27 on MAL’s ‘Anime Music Piece of the Week‘ where the theme chosen for that week is ‘Relaxing’. Therefore I decided to come up with my own selection of easy listening and relaxing tracks. The criteria for choosing the music piece is similar to that on MAL Keionbu where they must be from an anime but with one of exception. I narrow down the scope of my selection to instrumental pieces from soundtracks release in 2009.
One would have thought that it’ll be an easy-peasy task to choose from a small selection of recently released soundtracks but the opposite is true. After running through the available collection that I’ve got wind of, I managed to compile a list of 10 tracks which I find to be rather enjoyable and befitting my definition of ‘relaxing’. Each of the tracks are by different composers and from anime series that I’ve watched… uh well, 80% of them anyway.
Without further ado, here are my 10 selected tracks and I’m quite happy with them (/^_^)/:
Track 01: Minna Genki **
Anime: Ristorante Paradiso
~ This is my favourite bgm track from Rispara. It is such a perky piece, one that instantly brightens up the mood.
Track 02: Haru wo Shiraseru Mono **
Anime: Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
Composer: Yoshimori Makoto
~ I love ZNYC’s theme tune. It’s a wonderful, relaxing piece , one that I’d listen to time and again, enjoying the flow of the melody…my winter kind of music.
Track 03: Ai **
Anime: Kemono Souja Erin
Composer: Sakamoto Masayuki
~ I have to say that this is my favourite piano track from Kemono Souja Erin’s soundtrack. There’s something in the melody that made me feel glad about letting go of the day’s sighs.
Track 4: Soshite Tabi wa Tsudzuku **
Anime: Xam’d: Lost Memories
Composer: Michiru Oshima
~ The music is seemingly steep in nostalgia. I love the oboe, piano and violin combination. My favourite of the slow pieces from Xam’d: Lost Memories.
Track 05: Cradle **
Anime: Pandora Hearts
Composer: Kajiura Yuki
~ I absolutely adore this little track from Pandora Heart’s OST 2. It’s a departure from Kajiura’s usual stuff and certainly sounds different from the other tracks on the OST. A beautiful and soothing piece…it’s like saying goodnight.
Track 06: Eden of the East **
Anime: Higashi no Eden
Composer: Kenji Kawai
~ Strangely enough, not many dig Higashi no Eden’s soundtrack but I, on the other hand, love it. Kenji Kawai wonderfully captures the atmosphere and mood of the series, reflecting its pacing. Several of the tracks are great as stand alone pieces which is one of the reasons why I enjoy listening to the album so much. Eden’s theme tune evoke that feel good factor…strolling by the river bank or taking a slow enjoyable cruise on a boat comes to mind when I listen to this particular track. I also keep picturing Akira and Saki together on the ferry…lol.
Track 07: Madogiwa no Hanatachi **
Anime: Aoi Hana
Composer: Haketa Takefumi
~ Aoi Hana has one of the loveliest soundtrack pieces I’ve ever heard this year…imo, even better than Umi Monogatari. Kudos to Takeda Takefumi for composing the beautiful scores that’s very much reflective of the anime slice of life theme. This particular track is like my tea break kind of music. Relaxing indeed.
Track 08: Hikari no Asa **
Anime: Sora no Manimani
Composer: CooRie and Ookubo Kaoru
~ This was one of the anime series I watched from summer. I have to admit the bgm didn’t stand out all that much but this particular track is the one that I remember liking when I heard it and the clean version certainly didn’t disappoint. It feels like a night out with friends, gathering for bbq. Puts a smile on my face.
Track 09: Kagayaku Egao **
Anime: Umi Monogatari
Composer: Muramatsu Ken
~ Alright, a jazz influence piece of track from Ken Muramatsu and my favourite from CD1 of Umi Monogatari’s soundtrack. Very cool, classy kind of composition that meets with my liking for lite jazz music. Toast to Ken!
Track 10: Sakae no Katsuyaku **
Anime: Summer Wars
Composer: Akihiko Matsumoto
~ I’m not sure why I ended picking this piece but then I realized I was looking for something that could arouse a sense of looking forward, *kick start to a brand new day with full of hope and confidence* kind of score…well, this piece just sort of fits in and falls into place. The piano and strings intro sort of gently prods you on.
So then, that’s my first ever compilation on tBP.
One might wonder how the heck did I choose. To be honest, I don’t really have any particular method of making my selection. However, the pieces I pick are the ones that I feel are memorable, brightens up the mood and made me feel pleasant. Some even evoke a sense of nostalgia. Overall, they are lovely pieces to unwind the day with. I must admit that I had a lot of fun coming up with this compilation and you’ll probably notice the string of piano-based themes in the selection. I don’t expect it’ll suit everyone’s taste as I recognize that everyone will have different preferences and interpretation of what they deemed to be easy listening or relaxing.