Cure City Stress with Urban Enchantment. An article on LoFi Music.

The last decade has brought out some pretty experimental music. Soundcloud and other streaming apps, allow for more artists and creators to get music streaming to the masses. So, what is it about “Lo-Fi” (Low Fidelity) music that has people hooked and listening, over and over again in recent years?

LoFi seems to give the same psychological effect as meditation music, and helps the listeners focus on studying, work or other activities with more ease. LoFi music creates a sound that is not only serene but also has some characteristics you won’t find in traditional meditation music. Bridging gaps between genres that are already very popular.

The sound quality and ‘imperfectness’ of these songs are what remind listeners of the natural thing that we find in nature, nature sounds, and art aesthetics. With less focus on creating a perfect masterpiece, the artist focuses attention on the overall enchantment that the sound brings to the listener.

In many cases this music has an urban twist to it that other calming and transcendent music from the past has lacked. We have heard nature sounds plenty over the years, but is that to say we only feel peace and calm outside of the city? No.

LoFi shows that the city is actually a place to experience soul-earth connection just as much as the natural world. LoFi is a sound connected to the real urban and concrete jungle many live in and experience today.

A major characteristic of LoFi music, is it’s inability to be defined. Many LoFi artists create a smooth blend-in-ability and an almost anonymity feeling to the artist and listener alike. The chill and ethereal sound is soothing and slow-paced in a very high strung technological world. Taking the hustle and bustle out of things, and replacing it with the keys to simplicity. The sound seems to help bring our consciousness to an efficient oneness with our surroundings. Suddenly, we feel our movements move with the music and our spirits seem to chill, focus and breathe.

In a way, the sound we hear inside of LoFi beats helps to detach the listener from their heavy and stress filled world; while also reattaching them to their higher, less perplexed auras. A mix of two things that we love about music and meditation alike. With more and more dependence and reliance on computers and media, we find lo-fi becoming even more popular, bringing with it a feeling of reminiscing whilst creating something new.

From Lo-Fi’s early introduction in the late 80’s(see Nujabes and J Dilla) and progression into what we love from this genre today, LoFi beats seem to be outlasting and ramping up listenership across the globe. Uniting our favorite elements of music into easy listening, and curing people of their overwhelmed and stressed out moods. Lo-Fi has changed the way we view music, technology, the city and new age all together. Low Fidelity music has combined all of these things into a niche subgroup~ a niche now becoming a major genre amongst listeners of every age, culture and environment.

The next time you need some new creative juices, or extra focus when you just can’t seem to muster up the strength, turn on some LoFi beats. You will soon find yourself sinking into the musics soul vibes.

Solar Return 2020: Aquarius

On January 20, 2020 the sun will be returning to the water bearer, Aquarius! The airy nature of Aquarius will be a light and fresh breeze after the more earthy Capricorn steps away. We will be at the last of the winter months and just getting ready to start seeing the sun again as spring time is right around the corner.

New Moon in Aquarius on January 24, 2020 just four days after the Sun moves into Aquarius the New Moon joins the Giant Star! The 24th is a super charged Aquarian Night and one we should all be ready for. This will be the first New Moon of 2020 the new decade.

New Moon’s are always a great time to plan ahead and prepare goals, and any event planning as well. The New Moon’s energy can really amplify when applied to the Aquarian ventures such as technology, history, economics, or group activities. The Moon and Sun joining together will give you that extra energy push you may have been waiting for to jump your New Year goals into effect.

February 3, 2020 Mercury enters Pisces, when our communication planet moves into the water sign of Pisces, we have an opportunity to communicate through emotions. Subtle body language and unspoken words will happen more starting on the 3rd and lasting through the rest of February.

Be aware that Pisces is the Aquarian 2nd house, therefor communication about money and possessions may be of topic now.

Venus enters Aries, February 7, 2020. Just a week before Valentines Day, we have Venus entering into the warrior sign of Aries.

This high energy force will be making this years Valentines day very steamy! We may see rise of love, lust, and.. war? All the right ingredients for an unforgettable Valentines Day. Let’s hope cupid is on our side.

Juno Retrograde on Feb 8. This is another strong love, and betrayal energy here in Juno. This retrograde period may be a time to reflect on you partnerships, is there balance between you and your significant other.

Happy in Love? If you are, then this will be a time of reminiscing and reflecting on your relationship. Either way you will learn something during this time that will change your 2020 outlook on love in your life.

Full Moon in Leo on Feb 9th, when the Lion’s den is ignited by the Full Moon we will be loving the drama, and glamour. There will be a slight shift in our day to day when we feel this energy. Leo will bring some warmth and also a flair for drama, so be prepared on the 9th for that roar.

Feb 16th, Mars enters Capricorn meaning Mars is home at one of its favorite signs. During this time we will be shifting into a more structured on obvious way of getting what we want and going after our goals in life. We will find it easier to go after our dreams and set a clear and forward path towards our future.

Mercury Retrograde February 16th. This Mercury retrograde is going to be delving into the Piscean and Aquarian energy we felt so strongly at the beginning of the solar return. So, taking a double look at any plans you made on the New Moon, editing, revising, and changes should be made now. Meditation and a bit of letting go may be necessary during this Mercury Retrograde.