After all the rousing patriotic music and endless days of fireworks it is time for some peace and relaxation, something soothing. I started my search as always wingth Google and discovered that there was a fine line between most peoples concept of soothing and my definition of boring.
However as it is still the fourth of July weekend, something by an American composer seemed appropriate. Aaron Copland translates Americana into great music better than anyone and Appalachian Spring is my favorite. Also, it fits my idea of soothing.
If you click on the youtube link there is an interesting back story about the collaboration between Copland and choreographer Martha Graham.