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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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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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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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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Making Grief and Memorial Playlists

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Grief and mourning are two different experiences that accompany loss or change. While grief is a personal, internal experience, mourning involves the things we do to recognize a loss or express our grief. What is grief? Grief is the collection of thoughts and feelings we have internally when we experience loss. These feelings vary over…

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Easy Songwriting Activity: “Winter Wishlist”

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Looking for something new and fun to do during these bleak winter months? Want a break from the heaviness all around us from the pandemic and political unrest? Trying out some songwriting can be a fun and creative way to discover your friends’ and family’s favorite winter activities while also acknowledging some of the things…

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You’ve Got Options: Holiday Music in the Pandemic

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We often think of the winter holidays as a lively, joyful, and exciting time in our families and communities. That’s what Hallmark shows us, right?  Sometimes, though, the holidays can bring a combination of joy and stress from trying to coordinate and plan for all of the familial traditions. And in some years, we can’t…

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5 Fun Ways to Use Music During Quarantine

The effects of COVID-19 have forced the world to remain home for several weeks now, and many of us are running out of ideas on how to stay entertained, inspired, and connected. Of course, music can be one answer to any of those needs. Here are 5 ways you can put some music into your…

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10 Free Concerts and Live Streams During the Pandemic

Tired of scrolling through social media? Can’t find anything on TV, and you’ve finished binge watching all of Netflix too? How about some live music? We’ve searched far and wide for the best online concerts and live streams the internet has to offer during this unprecedented period of time when all the performers have to…

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