Music and Music Therapy
A free download for you!
I've arranged an instrumental version of the beautiful 16-century round, Dona Nobis Pacem ("Give us peace"), and I'd like you to have it. 2020 has been a tough year for all of us, and I thought that it was a good time to offer a small gift. You can download the mp3 by clicking on the button below:
On Sunday, October 18, from 11am-1pm I conducted a virtual Listening Party via Zoom. It was a great time, and people tuned in from all over the U.S, Canada and Europe. During the event, I played and discussed tracks from A SILVER THREAD, answered questions via live chat, and gave a sneak preview of some of the new music that I'm currently working on. I also showed few never-before seen videos from a live concert I did in 1999.
The Listening Party was recorded, so if you missed it, you can watch it on Youtube at:
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I send out a free monthly email newsletter called Music Notes. The newsletter has been a wonderful way for me to connect in a more personal way with people who enjoy my music. It's meant for people who are interested in hearing about topics related to my music and my work in music therapy. In it, I talk about projects I'm working on, relate stories and experiences from my life in music and music therapy, answer questions, and more.
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You can check out a sample of all 14 tracks on A Silver Thread. Just click on the video on the right:
In 2017, I released the original Toward a Gentle Place – it was after the election in America, and people were pretty stressed out. This year, with the election coming, and now with the coronavirus outbreak and the long-overdue attention to racial issues, 2020 is proving to be the most stressful year in memory for many people around the world.
The lockdown has given me plenty of unexpected time to work on volume 2 of Toward a Gentle Place, and I thought it would be a wonderful time to create some music that people might find comforting in these times. This version is called A Silver Thread, and it has 14 all-new tracks, sequenced to guide the listener to a more peaceful state of being. This kind of sequence is something that, in music therapy, we refer to as the iso principle.
If you'd like to purchase the album, please click a button below. Enjoy!
You Matter by Len Plick
I created this video for a beautiful song written by my friend and fellow music therapist, Len Plick. "You Matter" is a heartfelt plea for us all to recognize the value of each and every human being. Making the video was a wonderful experience for me - seeing all the variety and beauty of our human family. Enjoy,
and please pass it on! ~ John
I created videos for two of the tracks on my
new album, A Silver Thread. The first is a
piece called Beatus Vivere, which was
inspired by a piece by the 16th Century composer, Claudio Monteverdi.
The second video is my interpretation of
perhaps my favorite piece of music of all
time. It's the 3rd movement of a trio sonata
by G.F. Handel. It's such a beautiful melody,
I just had to bring it from the 18th Century to
the 21st Century. I hope you enjoy it as much
as I do. ~ John
I am in the process of writing a book on music therapy.
The book will be a handbook for aspiring music therapists, music teachers, parents, and anyone who works with groups. In it, I will be sharing activities that I have developed over my 30 years in the field, and I'll be sharing my thoughts about how people who lead any kind of groups to treat the ones
they care for with dignity and respect.
A Wonderful Evening with the Harrisons
On October 19th, my friend Sarah Brennan and I played some flute and cello music at the
Gala fundraiser for Achievable, an organization that provides health services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The evening was also honoring the humanitarian contributions of Olivia Harrison, George's widow, and her work with the Material World Charitable Foundation.
We ended our set with an arrangement that I wrote for flute and cello of George's "Here
Comes the Sun." Pictured are from left: myself, Dhani and Olivia Harrison, and Sarah.
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"To say this album lives out its title is an understatement . . . one of Adorney's most purposeful and creative albums to date."
~ Michael Debbage, mainlypiano.com
Toward a Gentle Place
To read about the origin of this song, click on the Music/Behind the Music tab at the top of this page