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Music… the universal elixir.  It sports the dual powers to both inspire a digging deeper and also usher us into an inner quiet.  In our winters and our summers, through shadow and in light we turn to music for its many healing properties.  This week we invite you to tuck these three tracks into your playlist.  Perfect companions for practice – on the mat or cushion, in the gym or out on a late-autumn saunter.  Exhale…

8 (circle).  Don’t let the peculiar title sway you.  This track off of Bon Iver‘s newly released CD 22, A Million, the artist’s first album in five years, features lead vocals from Bruce Hornsby.  An interesting duo for sure.  With a soft accordion background and Mr. Hornsby’s powerful delivery the song swiftly draws you in and transports the listener to some higher ground.

Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.  We lost a legend this past week, so its only fitting we salute him here.  Leonard Cohen’s vault runs deep.  Best to sample as much of it as possible – much of which is available on iTunes.  But, for its soft nature and poignant lyrics which meditate on love and loss, we offer up this gem.  “Let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie…”

Mother.  This track from Trevor Hall’s 2015 release Kala features Xavier Rudd and Tubby Love.  While the entire CD is worth an extended listen, this track finds the trio blending their tempered vocals alongside a mild reggae beat.  Full of heart and soul and perfect for going deep on or off your mat.  And, don’t miss Trevor Hall live in concert Thursday evening at the Wilbur Theater.

Author Susan Currie is Managing Editor at BOSTON YOGA and an Associate Editor at LA YOGA magazine. Beyond her contributions to these publications, her words and images have been featured in the Boston Globe, Elephant Journal, Yogi Times, the Huffington Post, Spirit of St. Bart’s and on the cover of the book Moving into Meditation (Shambala) by Anne Cushman. 

Susan is also the creator of the Daily Inhale and an RYT 200 registered yoga instructor. She unpacks her various professional experiences through creative (and yoga) workshops she leads throughout the country. Her new book, Once Divided (Shanti Arts 2016), a blend of visual and verse, is now available in wide release. GRACENOTES, its follow-up, will be published in 2017.