Meanwhile, I'd like to put down a few links to things I've been listening to lately. I hope you enjoy.
Also, while I'm here I shouldn't fail to advertise that First Things is putting on a Great Books-style intellectual retreat on the topic of happiness this May in Los Angeles. (Much of my current work has been preparing for this retreat.) If you have the resources to put down $600 to attend (not including hotel or transportation), I highly recommend it. The magazine has assembled a range of very good people, and it should be a great experience for everyone who goes. More info and registration here.
Now to the music.
1. Watage Warabe, by Takagi Masakatsu, from the soundtrack to the documentary Kingdom of Dreams and Mandess. This entire soundtrack is great.
2. Malka Moma Dvori Mete, a choral setting of a Bulgarian folk song, performed by the Philip Koutev National Folk Ensemble. I discovered this through the Isao Takahata film Only Yesterday, which is incredible. The film uses several tracks from this album.
3. Kaze wo Atsumete, by Happy End, from their 1971 album Kazemachi Roman. This song is featured in the film Lost in Translation.
5. Project Falcon, by Joe Hisaishi, from the soundtrack to Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (also an incredible film). Here's a link to the track (and the whole album), courtesy of my friend Mario.