Music and Music Therapy
My new album, The Garland, is finally complete and ready for release. It features 14 all-new tracks, with Daya featured on two songs, including the title track. You can hear a sample of all 14 tracks on the video (left).
The Garland is available for purchase here:
is now available!
"Love Received" - a new song by Len Plick
I recently finished helping singer/songwriter Len Plick produce his new song, "Love Received." The song was commissioned by our mutual friend (and fellow music therapist), Karen Mitchell – 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
Music Notes - my monthly newsletter
I've created a new monthly email newsletter called JOHN ADORNEY Music Notes. The newsletter is my way of connecting with you in a more personal way (not through Facebook!). It's something meant for people who are interested in hearing about topics related to my music and my work in music therapy.
If you'd like to receive Music Notes, please email me through the "Contact" tab at the top of this page. Music Notes will be emailed on the 1st of each month.
To read about the origin of this song, click on the Music/Behind the Music tab at the top of this page
Since its release in 2009, I have received many heartfelt emails from people who have been touched by this song during a time of difficulty in their life. Hearing these comments has inspired me to give the song away to anyone who thinks that they, or someone they know or love, would be comforted by its message.
And so I invite you to help yourself to this free download. You can listen to the song by hitting the play button in the blue box just to the left of here. To download an mp3 of the track, click the red down-pointing arrow near the top right of the blue box.
I have also created an accompanying video for the song, with versions featuring onscreen text in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic and Japanese (with more to come).The video features beautiful nature photography by my brother, Thom Adorney. You can view the video by clicking below. Enjoy!
March 2017 - This Youtube videoof is of a piece I did putting the vocalizations of one of my music therapy clients to music. Jason is a wonderful young man with autistic spectrum disorder, and this is the second video we've done together. Here's the link: