I've been jokingly referring to this playlist as 'musical paracetamol' as I've been putting it together but the more I listen to it the more I have realised that actually that's a pretty good description for it.

I must apologise for the lack of playlist in April and to those of you who subscribe to the newsletter for its absence. The simple explanation is that there were not enough hours in the day...

...the more complicated one was that after several months of pretty intense pressure and a huge workload I got a bit lost in my 'proper job's' deadlines and demands. The result a pretty persistant headache and a feeling of drifting away from myself.

So this month's playlist is my antidote to all that; I find a beautiful sense of calm in string music especially that of small ensembles with added piano. For me listening to it really is like taking a paracetamol in the sense that it helps to relax any tension.

'Drift' by Jane Antonia Cornish is a piece that really typifies what I'm trying to explain, listening to it is like be given the keys to a beautiful space where all the worries of the world melt away.

Jane Antonia Cornish's stunning music has become one of my go to listens in hectic moments, hence the reason why I've included several of her pieces in this month's playlist.

In all honesty I struggle to find words to acurately describe the complex mix of emotions and how I feel when I listen to pieces like this. But how this music makes me feel is besides the point, as each person who listens will feel slightly different but I hope that it has the same overall effect; to help you feel less stressed and a little lighter.


While I've been compiling this playlist I've found that making time to listen to a couple of tracks before I go to sleep has had a really wonderful effect on the state of my nervous system. I have found that putting an eye mask on and making the room as dark and quiet as possible amplifies the calming effects markedly as it reduces the 'inputs' to just the music. Which if you're feeling even a little bit overwhelmed is one of the best medicines. (This is the eye mask I have, if you were wondering).

I hope you enjoy this playlist. I'd love to know what you think of it and also which are your favourite pieces, let me know in the comments below.

Happy Listening!

with love,