Monday Breakfast Blend presents:

Today we did a deep dive into the history of New Age music; its influences, its cultural causes and effects, and its enduring icons.

The first block features artists that represent New Age’s disparate influences, from jazz guitarists to pioneers of experimental and ambient music. In block two, we hear some proto- and early New Age like Tony Scott’s Music for Zen Meditation, and explore the term “New Age” and its deployment as a marketing technique. We then look into the iconic Windham Hill Records label in a block largely featuring “soft jazz” like Alex de Grassi and George Winston. Enigma’s “Return to Innocence” and cultural colonization get a once-over, then we head into a Hearts of Space block for some Slow Music for Fast Times™. Icons of the genre like Enya, Vangelis, and Kitaro get their due, and the episode closes out with some New Age standard-bearers of today, like Leo Takami. Thanks so much for joining me!

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An extended (4+ hours) version of this playlist is available here.

The music playing in the background while I talked is all from the wonderful compilation I Am The Center: Private Press New Age in America 1950 – 1980 from Light in the Attic Records.

Here’s the Timothy D. Taylor piece on “Return to Innocence” that I mention in the show: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery: Transnational Music Sampling and Enigma’s Return to Innocence.

And finally, here are some links to articles I referenced in one way or another:

New Age Music Booms, Softly by John Pareles

The State of New Age Music in the Always On Wellness Era by Harley Brown

Trends: New Age Enters A New Phase by Don Heckman

New Age Artists Want A New Label by Roger Catlin

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Playlist:

    Time: November 23 - 2:01:02 am
  • Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint

    Pat Metheny, “Electric Counterpoint: II. Slow”

    from Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint

    Nonesuch - 1988

  • Time: November 23 - 2:05:22 am
  • Glass: North Star

    Dickie Landry, Gene Rickard, Joan La Barbara & Philip Glass, “North Star, Film Score (For "Mark di Suvero, Sculptor"): Etoile Polaire [North Star]”

    from Glass: North Star

    EMI Catalogue - 1977

  • Time: November 23 - 2:09:00 am
  • I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990

    Nesta Kerin Crain, “Gongs in the Rain”

    from I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990

    Light In The Attic Records - 2013

  • Time: November 23 - 2:10:17 am
  • Mr. Gone

    Weather Report, “The Elders”

    from Mr. Gone

    Columbia/Legacy - 1978

  • Time: November 23 - 2:13:14 am
  • Inside the Taj Mahal

    Paul Horn, “Agra”

    from Inside the Taj Mahal

    Legacy Recordings - 1968

  • Time: November 23 - 2:14:54 am
  • Rainbows

    Daniel Kobialka, “Over the Hills”

    from Rainbows

    LiSem Enterprises.Inc - 1989

  • Time: November 23 - 2:21:30 am
  • Music for Zen Meditation

    Tony Scott, “A Quivering Leaf, Ask the Winds”

    from Music for Zen Meditation

    Verve - 1965

  • Time: November 23 - 2:23:51 am
  • Aum

    Deuter, “Aum”

    from Aum

    Kuckuck Schallplatten - 1972

  • Time: November 23 - 2:25:31 am
  • A Rainbow Path

    Kay Gardner, “Fountain of Light: Transpersonal Chakra”

    from A Rainbow Path

    Ladyslipper Records - 1984

  • Time: November 23 - 2:31:11 am
  • Spectrum Suite (Bonus Version) [Remastered] [feat. Iasos]

    Steven Halpern, “Be-Muse-Ment (feat. Iasos)”

    from Spectrum Suite (Bonus Version) [Remastered] [feat. Iasos]

    Inner Peace Music - 1976

  • Time: November 23 - 2:36:54 am
  • In Search of the Turtle's Navel

    Will Ackerman, “Dance for the Death of a Bird”

    from In Search of the Turtle's Navel

    Windham Hill Records - 1998

  • Time: November 23 - 2:40:28 am
  • Southern Exposure

    Alex de Grassi, “Blue and White”

    from Southern Exposure

    Windham Hill Records - 1983

  • Time: November 23 - 2:43:41 am
  • Mary's Garden

    Linda Waterfall, “The Spell”

    from Mary's Garden

    Windham Hill Records - 1976

  • Time: November 23 - 2:47:40 am
  • Autumn

    George Winston, “Sea”

    from Autumn

    Windham Hill Records - 1980

  • Time: November 23 - 2:50:31 am
  • Too Far to Whisper

    Shadowfax, “Ritual”

    from Too Far to Whisper

    Windham Hill Records - 1986

  • Time: November 23 - 2:53:56 am
  • A Windham Hill Retrospective

    Mark Isham, “A Spangled Heart”

    from A Windham Hill Retrospective

    Windham Hill Records - 1998

  • Time: November 23 - 2:56:17 am
  • Unusual Weather

    Michael Manring, “Huge Moon”

    from Unusual Weather

    Windham Hill Records - 1986

  • Time: November 23 - 3:00:00 am
  • The Cross Of Changes

    Enigma, “Return To Innocence (excerpt)”

    from The Cross Of Changes

    Virgin - 1993

  • Time: November 23 - 3:01:39 am
  • Set Free

    Constance Demby, “Chambers of the Heart”

    from Set Free

    Hearts of Space Records - 1989

  • Time: November 23 - 3:05:32 am
  • Sanctuary

    R. Carlos Nakai, “Shining Mountains”

    from Sanctuary

    Canyon Records - 2003

  • Time: November 23 - 3:09:05 am
  • Best of Hearts of Space, No. 1: First Flight

    Paul Lloyd Warner & Steven Kindler, “Prisms”

    from Best of Hearts of Space, No. 1: First Flight

    Hearts of Space Records - 2008

  • Time: November 23 - 3:11:56 am
  • Best of Hearts of Space, No. 1: First Flight

    Vangelis & Irene Papas, “Neranzoula”

    from Best of Hearts of Space, No. 1: First Flight

    Hearts of Space Records - 2008

  • Time: November 23 - 3:18:17 am
  • Oasis

    KITARO, “Aqua”

    from Oasis

    Leafage - 1979

  • Time: November 23 - 3:26:24 am
  • The City

    Vangelis, “Dawn”

    from The City

    Rhino - 1990

  • Time: November 23 - 3:26:49 am
  • The Celts

    Enya, “The Celts”

    from The Celts

    WM UK - 2001

  • Time: November 23 - 3:29:31 am
  • Oceans

    Enya, “Boadicea”

    from Oceans

    Rhino - 1997

  • Time: November 23 - 3:33:33 am
  • Magical Ring

    Clannad, “Theme from Harry's Game”

    from Magical Ring

    RCA Records Label - 1983

  • Time: November 23 - 3:35:54 am
  • Tubular Bells II

    Mike Oldfield, “Maya Gold”

    from Tubular Bells II

    WM UK - 1992

  • Time: November 23 - 3:41:14 am
  • Felis Catus and Silence

    Leo Takami, “Awake”

    from Felis Catus and Silence

    Unseen Worlds - 2020

  • Time: November 23 - 3:45:49 am
  • Green-House, “Perennial Bloom”

    from Six Songs for Invisible Gardens

    Leaving Records - 2020

  • Time: November 23 - 3:47:54 am
  • Black Sarabande

    Robert Haigh, “Progressive Music”

    from Black Sarabande

    Unseen Worlds - 2020

  • Time: November 23 - 3:50:19 am
  • Liminal Garden

    Dolphin Midwives, “Satya Yuga”

    from Liminal Garden

    Sounds et al & Beacon Sound - 2018

  • Time: November 23 - 3:54:07 am
  • Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga

    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, “Tides VIII”

    from Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga

    Touchtheplants - 2013

  • Time: November 23 - 3:56:27 am
  • Healing Is a Miracle

    Julianna Barwick, “Safe”

    from Healing Is a Miracle

    Ninja Tune - 2020

    Monday Breakfast Blend    November 23rd, 2020

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