2011-08-12Nick's Picks: 02 Milk Cow Blues, 03 Won't You Stay, 04 The Air I Breathe, FCC ALERT: "Nothing Offensive Here" (note: 02 contains "unsavory" text but no banned words) Review by Steven "Nick" Nickelson of David Lynch Foundation Music: All the artists on this album have contributed previously unreleased , exclusive audio tracks for the foundations archives. The expressed purpose of the David Lynch Foundation is to promote individual change through education. Thematically, a few of the cuts on this collection seem to fit the bill, through repetitive chanting and/or backbeats ("Monster",Milk Cow Blues", "Curtains", "Man To Man", "Wise Man", "Nachoon Gi", "Animal"). Another thematic element aligned with the David Lynch Foundation's aim to bring peace to the world through meditation would be that of lush and rhythmic alternative or new-age music ("Bring The Mountain Down", "Doubled Up", "Ave Maria", "Wild Mountain Thyme"). Some of the musicians/bands can lend credence to this initiative simply be being represented in this collection (Donovan, Maroon 5, Mary Hopkin, Tom Waits). The inclusion of Au Revoir Simone's rendition of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" seems (to me) to be the red herring in this otherwise well-organized and musically excellent collection. Maybe it is just the annoying backbeat on "Boys of Summer" that merits inclusion. Personally, I was not impressed with that last track. That's my two nickels' worth..................................Nick ARTIST BIO: DLF Music brings together the world’s top & emerging recording artists to support the good works of the David Lynch Foundation’s stress-reducing, meditation-based educational programs. Great Artists + Great Cause = Music That Changes the World. The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is a non-profit educational organization which was established in July 2005 to ensure that anyone at-risk for traumatic stress can learn Transcendental Meditation. In the past five years, over 150,000 inner-city youth, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, homeless adults and children, Native Americans, and inmates and guards in maximum security prisons have learned to meditate. Research on meditating students has found that the technique increases grades and improves test scores, boosts graduation rates while reducing stress, depression, anxiety, dropouts, suspensions, and expulsions.
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