Daft Jams


A calm setting

Music to relax to and habits to practice in the name of being calm.

Zen Habits say the 7 habits of calmness are:

  1. A calm morning ritual.
  2. Learn to watch your response.
  3. Don’t take things personally.
  4. Be grateful.
  5. Create stress coping habits.
  6. Single-task.
  7. Reduce noise.

Of the 7, I actively do 3 (gratitude, creating stress coping habits, and noise reduction), forget to do 3 (morning ritual, learn to watch responses, and single-tasking), and can never get the hang of 1 (not taking things personally).

Practising gratitude has been a big thing for me in the past couple of years. People have given me a lot of support in my life and I never want to take that for granted so I actively say thank you to them. Stress coping habits? ASMR and scented candles. I know the latter has a bad rap for that sort of thing but they help me a lot. I strongly associate smells with events in my life, so the right scent can change my mood in an instant. ASMR just calms me the hell down.

And good music calms me too. Khruangbin has been amazing for that. Here is a selection of their songs for times when I’ve needed to be calm.

What habits bring you calmness and peace?


Vitamin capsules

The late Peter Tork once said “pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins.”

Not sure I agree but it does pose the question: what kind of music do you find cathartic? Or enriching in some way, like vitamins. This playlist is for all you healthy people out there (and the ones needing some nutrients in their diet). I bet you didn’t think there’d be so many songs with the word “vitamin” in the title, did you?

Vitamin A – Important for vision, the immune system, and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, and kidneys to work. Found in liver, fish oils, dairy products, eggs, leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cantaloupe, and squash), and fortified cereals.

Vitamin B12 – Important for red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis. Found in fish, meat (particularly beef), poultry, eggs, dairy products, and fortified cereals.

Vitamin C – The most well known, important for the growth, development and repair of tissue in the body. Found in citrus fruits as well as tomatoes, red and green peppers, and potatoes. And supplements of course.

Vitamin D – good for your bones (keep your mind out of the gutter) and teeth. Also supports the immune system. Found in dairy products, fish oil, and fatty fish (herring and swordfish).

Vitamin K – Needed for proteins that help blood coagulation, also good for bones. Found in leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and collards. Much like the MMR vaccine’s erroneous link to autism, Vitamin K injections in newborns were incorrectly linked to cancer and the claims were refuted upon review due to poor research and a lack of evidence.

Vitamin R – A colloquial name for methylphenidate, also known by its commercial name, Ritalin. It is a “stimulant medication used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy”, although many believe it is over-medicated for ADHD.

Vitamin S – A term used for salicylic acid, which isn’t a vitamin at all. It is used as medication to treat “warts, psoriasis, acne, ringworm, dandruff, and ichthyosis”.

What’s your favourite supplement? Let us know in the comments. (Just kidding! Although if you really need to tell us, we won’t stop you.)

Where’s The Beef?

Cow on rangeland in Toole County, July 1983. Nice beef.

Some meaty tracks and an orange curry beef recipe.

(Recipe taken from Public Health Cookbook via Recipies Wikia)

Orange Curry Beef with Cucumber Raita

Ingredients (for 4 servings)

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean beef, extra fat trimmed, cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp curry paste
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 3 medium-sized oranges
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • Jasmine rice (optional)

Cucumber raita

  1. Add olive to a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the mushrooms and cook until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
  2. In the same pan, add the butter. Add the onion, ground beef, and garlic powder. Stir until the meat is browned, breaking it up as you stir.
  3. Drain any excess fat and return the pan to the stove.
  4. Add the flour and paprika. Stir until thick, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add the sherry, and stir, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the beef broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Add the egg noodles, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to simmer. Cover the pan with a lid.
  8. Stir often, until the noodles are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Return the mushrooms to the pan and stir to combine.
  10. Add the sour cream and stir. Top with chopped parsley.
  11. Enjoy!


DaftJams is an MP3/playlist blog. All the MP3s featured are free and all images are part of the public domain.

For more info, check out About page.