Like many of you, sometimes (often) I like to ease myself to sleep with a good podcast. Not so good that it defeats the purpose, of course. If I really want to fall asleep, I’m looking for a particular kind of content and presentation: mildly engaging, measured, soothing.
I’ve given several bedtime podcasts a try – some explicitly made for pre-sleep listening, most not. I have several favourites now, but none of these lulls the right nerves every time. While I pondered what makes for the ideal sleepytime sounds, I decided I’d put my own ideas to the test and give it a try.
By try, I mean I have recorded a little of my own bedtime listening. Not so much listening for me; I’m not sure how I feel about falling asleep to the sound of my own voice. But maybe someone else out there needs to be lulled into a good nap.
So, for those of you who enjoy poetry and Poe, and are ready to doze….
Poetic Lullabies: Reading Poe
If you like to drift off to the sound of someone’s voice – to the rhythms of speech – without getting too caught up in the words themselves or their meanings, give this a listen.
- The Village Street
- The Forest Reverie
- The Sleeper
- To Helen
- The Coliseum
- To Isadore
- To One in Paradise
- The Happiest Day
- A Dream Within a Dream
- Evening Star
- A Dream
All poems authored by Edgar Allan Poe and read by me, Laura Wiebe. Music also by me.