30 Minutes Of Soothing Piano Music From Cuban Musician Omar Sosa : Alt.Latino We use the music of pianist Omar Sosa this week to calm our anxieties and fears during an uncertain time.
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Calma: A Meditative Playlist For A Challenging Time

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Calma: A Meditative Playlist For A Challenging Time

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The world is a little scary at the moment.

This is uncharted territory for all of us as things change on a dime several times a day and uncertainty hangs in the air like a gray cloud blocking out the light of faith and hope.

Once again, I turn to music to find an emotional center, a safe place to stand if only for a moment, and recharge.

I recently attended a concert featuring the Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, a long-time Alt.Latino favorite, alongside his frequent collaborators Gustavo Ovalles and violinist and vocalist Yilian Cañizares. His music has always managed to inspire both joy and reverence. And as I sat in the audience here in the Washington, D.C., area, I had no idea we were on the cusp of what feels like an unprecedented societal change.

This week, I call upon the reverence, joy and calming nature of Omar Sosa's music to help us all deal with the uncertainty and — for some of us — fear of an unstable immediate future.

I have created these playlists before in which I lean on music for moments of reflection and inward retrospection. In your comments and emails, you have indicated these programs have helped as a sort of musical meditation.

It seems we need it now and so, with very little talking from me, I share with you one of my favorite artists whose music may be able to offer solace and the encouragement we need to come through to the other side of this intensely precarious moment.

Thanks for listening and please be safe out there. — Felix

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