My mind, how she races. A lot of times I'll use music to help me focus, but choosing a song to work to can be a delicate task. Too many lyrics and I can't hear my own thoughts. Too much going on musically and my brain waves scramble. I love Steely Dan, but listening to those licks can be a full-time job all by itself.
Enter: Ambient music. Specifically, the intro track on Brian Eno's "Ambient 1: Music For Airports." The very first bars seem designed to induce slow, nostril inhalation. There is enough room to let your thoughts bloom, but enough happening to keep you from opening another tab. And, it's incredibly relaxing. The album, as you might have guessed from the title, was originally conceived by Eno as a means to ease air travelers' anxieties. If it's good enough for an overcrowded airport, it's good enough for a barrage of Slack notifications.