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04 Dec 2019
BY Jessica Hoggarth

Songs to fall asleep to, and a worthwhile cause to donate to

This Saturday, December 7th, many of us are taking part in The World’s Big Sleep Out organised by Social Bite. We will be facing the bitter cold and harsh Scottish weather conditions in Princes Street Gardens, thankful that for us it’s one night and never forgetting that for some this one night is every night. 

 

We’ve all been working hard to raise funds to help fight homelessness, it’s not too late to donate, if you’d like to then please do so via Natalie’s page here.

 

To help our Laners doze off on the night, we have asked everyone to pick their favourite song to fall asleep to with a quick explanation for their choice …

 

Jessica

Song: To Build a Home

Artist: The Cinematic Orchestra

The song is calming for me and is also fitting to the cause - it shows how important home is to an individual. It emphasises that home is not just a roof over your head, it is a place where memories are made, and without a home, you feel lost. Your home gives you a sense of security and belonging, which is so important for anyone, no matter who you are.

 

Paul

Song: Between the Bars

Artist: Elliot Smith 

I couldn’t stop listening to this song after I heard it in the film Good Will Hunting and deep-dived Elliot Smith thereafter. To me this is the best work of a life cut too short. It’s been on my late-night playlist for 20 odd years and will remain so for many more. It’s a song about addiction, a massive cause of homelessness, and never fails to hit a poignant note.

 

 

Sallie 

Song: How do you sleep

Artist: Sam Smith

It’s got a lovely floaty melody, and is great for drifting off to sleep. Sam Smith did a collaboration with the mindfulness app Calm, where they did a 4 hour remix of it to help you sleep.

 

Ryan

Song: Sleep the Clock Around

Artist: Belle & Sebastian

They’re my favourite band and I’ve fallen asleep to this album hundreds of times.

 

Diarmuid

Song: Moon Dude. 

Artist: Jessica Pratt 

As soon as you hear it you’ll know why. It’s a ridiculously gentle ballad about the moon gazing on the Earth. If the melody doesn’t send you into a toasty, happy slumber then the lyrics surely will.

 

Rob

Song 1: Woman in Chains

Artist: Tears for Fears. 

Song 2: The Downtown Lights

Artist: The Blue Nile.

Both feature singers with haunting voices and melodies that sweep you away (hopefully off to dreamland!)

 

Ria

Song: Nope, not a song - the voice of Sir David Attenborough.

Explanation: His voice sends me in to a trance, and although I am genuinely interested in what he has to say, sometimes I feel so relaxed I could nod off! 

 

Barry

Song: In the Waiting Line

Artist: Zero 7

Released in the early 2000s but I discovered it years later on a Chilled Ibiza album.  The lyrics don’t make much sense to me, but it almost always works to help me drift off.

 

Natalie

Song: Ho Hey

Artist: The Lumineers

When the kids were little, I had a modicum of success with the Lumineers, Ho Hey…bizarrely…

 

Alice

Song: Not for me, I like something slightly alternative … ASMR by Tingting. Whatever works :D

 

Kat

Song: Woods

Artist: Bon Iver

Explanation: No particular reason other than it’s super chill and one for a chilled and snoozy evening!

 

Ollie

Song 1: Towards the Sun

Artist: Alexi Murdoch. 

Song 2: Heartbeats

Artist: Jose Gonzalez

Both songs have a calming, therapeutic rhythm, perfect for helping you drift off. 

 

Vicky 

Song: La femme d’argent. 

Artist: Air

A 90’s classic. For dinner parties. For lazy Sundays. For falling asleep to. I love this song.

 

Liam 

Song: Angels

Artist. The xx

Explanation: An emotive song that makes you feel completely at ease and sleepy. Both the lyrics and the rhythm make you want to doze off into your own little world.

 

Pete 

Song: Dakota. 

Artist: Stereophonics

A nice upbeat chilled out song, which I could happily drift off to.

 

Trine

Song: The Scientist

Artist: Coldplay

My daughter’s think I never sleep so it’s now their mission to find music to make me doze off, this is their first attempt!

 

Tony

Song: Hey You

Artist: Pink Floyd

A nice song to relax to, it has a good rhythm and makes your mind wander.  It was this or Hey Ho, or Hey Ya, or Hey You the Rock Steady Crew!

 

Mairi

Song: Blue Gold

Artist: Stephen Fry!

Not really, Mairi’s chillout of choice is not a song at all but one of our intellectual treasures talking about lavender. Obviously.

 

Mark

Song: Restless 

Artist: Louis Berry

I really struggled to pick a song here. I do love the opening melody to this one but admittedly I’d have to be asleep within about 60 seconds though as then it gets me going again…

 

 

And that’s a wrap on our Lane lullabies!  

 

 

We wish all those participating in the World’s Big Sleep Out the best of luck and to remember the sleepless, cold night is all going towards a fantastic cause. 

 

And if you ever have trouble sleeping yourself, may we suggest you just have a wee listen to our playlizzzzzzzzzzzt over on Spotify to be right here.

 

Sweet dreams.