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Album Cover Various Artists - Visions of Heaven: Music for Inspiration (Delos International)

I can't ever figure out how to listen to this disc; the setting is never right. It seems to work best late at night when it's drizzling, but even that's not quite right. I think it's because the music on here is just so deep and beautiful that it's impossible to find the right backdrop for it in a crappy one-bedroom apartment.

My stereo is also probably not good enough; I need those big, booming speakers to listen to this properly, and a cathedral to play them in, and an hour or so of peace of mind. Or maybe a good stereo system set in the middle of the Grand Canyon, or some other very wide, open space with good acoustics. I don't know. All I know is that as much as I like just sitting and listening to this as it is, there's always this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I'm not listening to it the way it's supposed to be heard.

The choir and the orchestra on this are too beautiful to be appreciated in a city apartment. This music asks for a level of calm and appreciation that I can't provide after a 10-hour workday and buckets of bad coffee. It's sort of frustrating.

by Holly Day