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How did your life collide with the headlines in 2007?
Iraq, the subprime crisis, Facebook, immigration, oil prices - 2007 had no shortage of hefty headlines. We'd like to hear about how these and other major news events of the past year affected you. Where did your life collide with the news in 2007?

What's your holiday performance story?
The office talent show, the neighborhood caroling posse, the school pageant ... At holiday time we often sing, dance, and dress as shepherds. Did you bloom in the warmth of your audience's adulation, or freeze up like the snowman you'd rather be building? Did your holiday performance change your life or that of someone close to you?

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Listening In: Music for Sleeping January 27, 2007E-mail this story E-mail this story
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Listening In
Last week we asked you what music helped put you in the mood for sleep. Some of us need absolute silence, but for those who like to press play before getting under the covers, we found some mighty interesting responses. In this installment of our Listening In series, independent producer Gideon D'Arcangelo found the music that sent you into dreamland.

Music for Sleeping Playlist

You can buy these songs, individually or as an entire playlist, at the Apple iTunes store.

Song Title Artist Album
1. Desolation Row Listen Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
"It is soft and subtle and quite lengthy."
From Darryl in Callaway, NE
2. Somewhere Over the Rainbow Listen Israel Kamakawiwo'ole World of Iz
Elise says "Essentially, music can cure insomnia for me, and this is a priceless gesture of goodwill."
From Elise in Cambridge, MA and Suzee in Orlando, FL
3. Fly to the States Listen Over the Atlantic Junica
"When I'm going to sleep, I only want to hear one sound over and over: "Fly to the States" is a beautiful nine minute pop epic that's so easy to sleep to because everything happens gradually, repeatedly."
From Patrick in Columbia, SC
4. Perfect Day Listen Lou Reed Lou Reed - NYC Man: The Collection
"Whenever I'm having trouble getting to sleep I'll usually throw on the Lou Reed. Then it HAS been a perfect day."
From Eric in Bowling Green, OH
5. Track 3 Listen Sigur Rós ()
"If there had been a movie made about my life, and there was a montage of all of the times i was ever tucked into bed by my grandmother, this is the song that would be playing."
From Catie in Greensboro, NC
6. Adagio for Strings (arranged from the String Quartet, Op.11) Listen Leonard Bernstein & NY Philharmonic, Composer: Samuel Barber Great Performances
"It has a meditative quality, and there's nothing angry, uppity, or energizing about it, and it floats down to the most gentle landing."
From Rick in Buffalo, NY
7. Goodnight Irene Listen George Winston Montana - A Love Story
"If I'm pre-occupied and still awake by the time "Goodnight Irene" plays, I realize that it's time to stop worrying, turn over and go to sleep."
From Donna in Roseville, MN
8. Sog Tshag Tshe Kyong (Care for the Animals) Listen Dechen Shak-Dagsay Shi De - A Call for World Peace
"Almost every night, even when the sleeptimer turns off the radio I can still 'replay' the song in my mind."
From Barry
9. Thunderstorm Listen Sounds of the Earth Sounds of the Earth Collection
"Nothing's more soothing than the sound of rain, one of nature's sound effect for our lives."
From Rob in Chapel Hill, NC

Songs played in the piece...

"Jack the Ripper" Morrissey, My Early Burglary Years, Reprise Records

"Speak To Me/Breathe" Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon, null

"Apple Orchard" Beach House, Beach House, Carpark Records

"Adagio for Strings (arranged for String Quartet. Op. 11), Leonard Bernstein and New York Philharmonic, Great Performances: Barber's Adagio and Other Romantic Favorites

"Master of Puppets" Metallica, Master of Puppets, E/M Ventures

"La 'Elima" Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Facing Future, Mountain Apple Records

"Whistle In" The Beach Boys, Smiley Smile, Wild Honey