Eco-Chilling for the Common Good
eco-planet psychedelic lounge music
In contemporary slang to "chill" is "to calm down, to relax."
Some people chill by listening to ambient music, also called easy listening or lounge music.
Consider, then, eco-chilling. It is a form of chilling that occurs when we chill to music that evokes a sense of the more than human world, the desert, for example.
In the chilling our minds may wander into realms of images and ideas that give us perspective on life and animate our souls. A Jungian might call it active imagination; a priest might call it prayer.
Consider the genre eco-planetary psychedelic lounge music, as illustrated on this page by the music of Sam Shepherd and his ensemble Floating Points.
A reviewer describes it this way: "They incorporate the vast, rocky landscape of the California desert into the very fabric of their ambient post-rock...Listen deeper and the smallest of sounds also arise, like the crunching of rocks under Shepherd’s feet as he moves through the space; the very breath of the desert is made audible. The result is transportive and supremely psychedelic."
If we are to help build and sustain just and compassionate communities that are good for people, animals, and the Earth; if we are to work toward Ecological Civilizations where people live with respect and care for one another and the community of life; don't we need this kind of chilling? Call it eco-chilling for the common good.