I've gone back and forth on the idea of having a CD of relaxing music to play during the early stages of labour. As a musician, I've thought that maybe I'd be too distracted by the music. I don't generally have music on "in the background". I listen to it. I also thought that tuning in to my body and focusing on its rhythms might be better. I might have a CD playing, turn to Dave five minutes later and say, "turn off that @#$^%$$% music!!" (I would never--I'm much too dainty...as I'm sure I will be in childbirth...) What to do? What to do?
So I thought that at the very least, I'd make a CD compilation and give the music a try. It's not the end of the world if I decide to turn it off.
OK, now the tough part. I'd like "relaxing" music (no words, including opera, even in a different language, as I really do think that would be too distracting) with very little tension. Some of my favourites that don't make the "relaxing" list include Brahms' Symphony No. 3, mvt. 3; Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, mvt. 2; Barber's Violin Concerto, mvt. 2. They're all what I call "achingly beautiful" music, but I don't think I could kick back and have a bubble bath...or a baby...while listening. Does that make sense to anybody?
I'd like to hear from all of you. In the comments, list one, two, or more pieces (including movement numbers if applicable) that relax you! Maybe they'll work for me too. :)