Music and Music Therapy
Now available . . .
Check out a sample of all 14 new 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.
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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 16th Century composer named 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
"To Be a Better Man" by Steve McPeters
I finished creating a simple video for this beautiful song by singer/songwriter Steve McPeters. I helped produce Steve's album, THE NATURE OF THE GAME. l think this is a really special song – something to help uplift us in these difficult times.
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.
Voted Best New Age Album of 2018 according to the website newagemusic.guide.
You Matter a song by Len Plick
Len is a fellow music therapist who also happens to be an outstanding singer/songwriter. He approached me last fall to produce this song for him, and I was more than happy to oblige.
The song carries a heartfelt message: that each and every one of us matters.
Enjoy . . .
"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
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To read about the origin of this song, click on the Music/Behind the Music tab at the top of this page