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Whether you are trying to relax, clear your head, find some mood music or just need a little background music to work on your webpage, any of these artists will do the trick.

You will notice a strong emphasis on the New Age genre. Especially the Celtic New Age. No matter what your day was like, artists like Enya or Loreena McKennitt can take your anywhere your imagination can go.

Enya is soothing, uplifting, spiritual and exotic all in one. Listen to any of her CDs. Pictured here is the cover of her Watermark CD. My personal favorite is The Memory of Trees, but any of them are well worth it. She definitely has a style all her own. If you want to know what she's singing about, check out the translations.

If you can't choose just one artist, try a variety of Celtic artists with a CD from the Celtic Heartbeat collection. I have several of them, and have yet to be disappointed in any of the artists.

You can find these artists and many more like them from all over the world if you tune into a National Public Radio show called, "Thistles & Shamrocks." Like the title indicates, it's an entire hour of Celtic Music hosted by a woman named Fiona Ritchie (who has the BEST accent!). Click on the graphic to the right to find out where it's playing in your area.

Even the haunting and achingly beautiful music of the Braveheart soundtrack will remind you of how life must have been once. There's something about the wistful sound of a far off bagpipe that tugs at my soul...

While definitely not a newcomer to the music scene, Loreena Mc Kennitt recently broke into the pop scene with her rhythmic and moving Mummer's Dance. Although, I've liked her music a long time before that. I used to sit in the Barnes & Noble's music section, listening to her CDs in their entirety. I could imagine a place beyond the walls of my life and I could feel myself gain strength from the chords playing in my ears. Since I couldn't afford to buy them at the time, I went back several times just to hear her music twining itself into my psyche. The Highway Man and The Lady of Shalott are two famous poems she set to music. Check them out. Very tragic!

Or perhaps Manheim Steamroller, best known for the "Fresh Aire" collections, which has a rhythm and jazz flavor as well as a calming and reflective mood. Goes perfectly with a steaming cup of coffee on a brisk fall morning. Or a late night back rub...

Speaking of mornings, how about a Deep Breakfast with Ray Lynch. Anyone for spaceship popcorn? Or was that Celestial Soda Pop? I can never remember :)

And yes, I even like Yanni. Sometimes with a New Age flavor, and sometimes with a classical flavor, his music is the best of both worlds. Just goes to prove that society hasn't lost all creativity, yet.

If that wasn't enough for you, or if you want to learn more about what may have inspired such music as this, try this Celtic Link. The answers we are looking for today just might be found when we begin to remember our past...

My Music tastes are as dichotomous as Jekyll & Hyde. Which is perhaps why this happens to be my favorite

Les Miserables, however, runs a close second on my list of all-time favorite musicals. Blending historical fact, Victor Hugo's characters and imagination with the imagination of Broadway, Les Miserables is truly musical experience that cannot be described. The power behind the song, and the emotion brought out of the audience combines for three spectacular hours. If you don't feel completely drained at the end of the show, I wonder if you were paying attention.

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