Weekend America 2007.04.02 – “Music for Sleep”

In this episode of Listening In, we put out a call to Weekend America listeners: “What is a good song for falling asleep to?” In the conversations that ensued, we heard about many different kinds of songs that worked – it wasn’t all Pachelbel’s Canon and whale songs. I sat with sleep specialist Dr. Gerard Lombardo of New York Methodist Hospital, and listened to your responses with him. Listening to songs as diverse as Israel Kamakawiwo’ole‘s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the Beach Boys’ “Whistle In” and Mettalica’s “Master of Puppets,” Dr. Lombardo and I concluded that, when it comes to sleepworthy songs, it is less about the song itself than each person’s relationship to it.

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