Music and Music Therapy
Release Party on Youtube!
We had a wonderful virtual Release Party on Saturday, December 4th , and you can watch it now on Youtube. Daya and my son Nathan made guest appearances. I discussed and played all the tracks from the album, and demonstrated some of the instruments I used. It was a lot of fun, so check it out if you have a chance!
I've also created a separate 7-minute video of the conversation I had with Daya about her participation in the making of the album. It's an excerpt from the Release Party video. You can see it here:
The Bells of Distant Stars Highlights
The Bells of Distant Stars contains 11 new tracks, four of which feature beautifully layered vocals by Daya. It blends together traditional songs and melodies from various cultures and holidays and has an underlying message of celebration, hope and peace.
My hope is that it will be an album that can be enjoyed year-round. You can hear samples in the video above, and you can also read more about the making of the album by clicking on the The Bells of Distant Stars TAB at the top of the page.
You can purchase the album (CD or download) by visiting:
A new video for the opening tracks of the new album. It's called Love and Joy, and it features some beautiful vocals by Daya.
Love and Joy featuring Daya
The Bells of Distant Stars
A new video featuring the title track of the album:
Listening Party for TheTouch•Stone Now on Youtube
If you missed the party on June 19th, you can view it now by clicking on the link below. It's one hour and 38 minutes long, and it I play and discuss all the tracks from the new album. You can see me perform the title track live in my studio. I also premiere a new video for the track The Promise of Morning, and show some of my recent artwork. You can watch here (below), or when you click on the video, you can choose to watch on Youtube. Enjoy!
My new album The Touch•Stone, the third installment of the Toward a Gentle Place series, is now available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. Like the previous two volumes, the music is sequenced in a way that is meant to uplift, inspire, and to ultimately bring the listener to a more comforted place. If you'd like to hear samples of the music, just click on the video above. And if you'd like to purchase the download, you can do so here:
From the Listening Party: I'm performing the lead parts of the title track of
live in studio.
The Promise of Morning from TheTouch•Stone
set to beautiful nature footage.
John's Piano Scores now available
After being asked many times over the years, I've finally created a new piano score e-book of 22 pieces selected from my 14 albums. And there are a few other gifts that I'll continue to make available – you can check them out on the same page as the piano scores. The funds raised by these items will help finance future projects.
You can check out the Piano Book at the GIFTS tab above, or click here:
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 was 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:
#1 on the Amazon New Age Chart!
Music Notes - my monthly newsletter
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. If you'd like to receive Music Notes, please email me through the "Contact" tab at the top of this page.
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. With all that went on last year, 2020 turned out to be tone of the most stressful years in memory for many people around the world.
So in early 2020, I thought it would be a wonderful time to create some music that people might find comforting. 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!
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.
Voted Best New Age Album of 2018 according to the website newagemusic.guide.
"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