Your Virtual Vacation Playlist Builder

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Are you wishing for a vacation right now? Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a once-in-a-lifetime trip, many people enjoy getting away from home and the routine to explore something different. Travel is not always possible, however. If you are not able to go away for a vacation this year, we invite you to try out…

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Song Spotlight: “Sugar, Sugar”

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Mood: Cheerful Themes: Love songs, Sugar and Sweets, and The Archies Tempo: Moderate Genre/Style: Bubblegum Pop The Archies were a fictional cartoon band formed from the characters featured in the animated show “The Archie Show” and in the comic strip Archie Comics. “Sugar, Sugar,” is a bubblegum pop song written for the animated band, and…

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Song Spotlight: “Sindhi-Bhairavi”

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Mood: Calm building to excitement Themes: Indian Classical Music, World Famous Musicians Tempo: medium to fast Genre/Style: Indian classical music Although you may not always hear them, many diverse styles of music have lasted for generations and are a part of rich cultural traditions. Classical music and traditional music from all over the world play…

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How to Make A Playlist on Spotify or YouTube: Instructions

As music therapists, we at Soundscaping Source are often recommending that people make their own playlists. You can make a playlist to help you with big feelings like grief, or to accompany you with tasks like gardening or spring cleaning. So… how do you do that? Spotify and YouTube are our two preferred platforms. In the…

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Virtual Music Opportunities: Summer 2021

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It’s been over a year since many concerts closed their doors. Musicians and performers were left without work and the general public and music lovers without live art and music. For many, attending concerts and performances with friends was not only an activity, but the opportunity to engage with art in a different way, to…

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Easy Songwriting: “Rattlin’ Bog”

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Songwriting can be a great way to foster joy and self expression. Here’s an easy songwriting experience using a traditional Irish song. (Click here for a video explanation.) “The Rattlin’ Bog” is a traditional Irish folk tune that has over 120 different recorded versions. Since it has been passed down through time by oral tradition,…

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Gardening and Garden Songs for Self-Care: Focus on the Growth

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More than a year into the pandemic, you may be feeling extremely fatigued. We’ve all adapted to a “new normal,” but many of us are looking for any sign of hope we can find. Although many things are slowly becoming more “normal,” there are still many unknowns that we face. How can we cultivate a…

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Song Spotlight: “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone

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Mood: Slow, Positive Themes: 60s songs, Feeling good Tempo: Slow Genre/Style: Showtune, Jazz In life, we can easily identify when things are going wrong and are challenging for us and others. Those prolonged periods of turmoil can leave us feeling drained and down. When going through those tough times, it can be hard to take…

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Song Spotlight: “I Can See Clearly Now”

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Mood: Slow, Hopeful, Optimistic Themes: 60s songs, Showtunes Tempo: Slow Genre/Style: Reggae and Soul Written in 1972, Johnny Nash’s song “I Can See Clearly Now” shows a person beginning to see clearly the problems that they are facing while also looking towards the future.   Nash collaborated with Bob Marley early in his career. He took…

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For Covid-19 Commemoration: “Auld Lang Syne”

We often think of “Auld Lang Syne” as a song for New Year’s Eve. Traditionally sung at the stroke of midnight among cheers and clinking glasses, the song provides an opportunity to say goodbye to the old year with fondness. This song may also feel strangely appropriate in March 2021, one year after the Covid-19…

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