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Music for Exploring Connection

by Kerry Dexter / Jul 19, 2022 /
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It is summer at this writing, a summer of shifts and change and uncertainties across the world. It is a time of division, of anger.

It is also a summer, though, of seeking ways forward, and a time of looking for joy, for hope, for trust.

Music is a part of thinking about all these shifts and changes, of finding hope, of seeking perspectives that lead to peace.

Here's music to explore:

Texas Nonprofit Soundwaves Art Foundation Halfway To Goal Of Half A Million For Aid To Ukrainian Children

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We translate the digital heartbeat of songs into one-of-a-kind artworks to raise money for nonprofits addressing the world’s most pressing problems.

Texas Nonprofit Soundwaves Art Foundation Halfway To Goal Of Half A Million For Aid To Ukrainian Children

Musical Tapestries of Connection and Reflection

by Kerry Dexter / Jun 20, 2022 /
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Music can help create connections; it can also help remember them. Music can recall times of kindness, of grace, of patience. A lot to ask of a song or a tune? Not necessarily.

Here are several pieces of music to go along with these ideas.

Musical Tapestries of Connection and Reflection

The Power of Music to Connect Across Place and Time

by Kerry Dexter / May 16, 2022 /
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As changes occur across all areas of life, and across all regions of the word, music continues to offer ways to think about events, seek inspiration, and at times take a break to refresh from challenges.

That's true of the music in this episode. We'll celebrate the work of an award-winning musician, remember the passing of another, consider the power of music to connect across place and time, enjoy a quiet time along the road, and celebrate the change of seasons.

Music for Connecting Community

by Kerry Dexter / Apr 18, 2022 /
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Music can be a way of connecting community, in hard times, in times of celebration, and in day to day life. Music is helpful for reflecting on one's own, also. Music offers ways of marking things, too, and of considering questions and challenges which may arise.

Whatever season you may be in, consider the work of these musicians as you move through the time.

Music for Connecting Community

Music for Reflection, Courage, and Hope

by Kerry Dexter / Mar 21, 2022 /
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Connection and community: as events  shift and change, so do understandings and perspectives about events and circumstances.

Music can offer a thread that pulls through, a life line, even a life boat, in times of change. There are dark times; there are lighter times. Music can be a friend along the way through all these shifts and changes.

That is something people in Ireland have known a good bit about through the long course of the island's history. One aspect that recurs in the song and tune of Ireland is the ability to lift spirits in the midst of hard times.

Music for a Month of Transitions

by Kerry Dexter / Feb 21, 2022 /
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February: whether you are in the northern hemisphere with winter or the southern one with summer, it is a month of transition. In weather, in plans, in quality of light, and in the stories we tell, there are contrasts and changes, back and forth, from one day to the next.

Here are several ways musicians look at these things. At whatever point in the year you are reading this, there is much to explore and consider.

Music for a Month of Transitions

Music for Beginnings and Changes

by Kerry Dexter / Jan 17, 2022 /
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The start of a new year always seems to suggest and invite beginnings and changes, thinking over what has come before and considering what may be.

In these shifting times with changes and uncertainties continuing in every aspect of life, music can offer reflection, hope, and guidance when considering all these situations.

Music for Beginnings and Changes

Winter's Music for Connection and Celebration, Solitude and Reflection

by Kerry Dexter / Dec 20, 2021 /
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Winter: it's a season of connection and celebration, solitude and reflection.

It is also a time of stories, and of music.

Quite a few of those stories have to do with Advent, and Christmas. Whether those are within your faith or not, there is much to enjoy and learn in the stories. There are many stories of the season told with no words, as well.

Winter's Music for Connection and Celebration, Solitude and Reflection

Music for Autumn's Landscapes

by Kerry Dexter / Nov 15, 2021 /
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Shadows slant differently in autumn light. Nights draw in sooner; there may be an edge to the wind. That wind often plays music on the rustling leaves as they turn to autumn's colors of red and gold.

It is a time of gathering as well as solitude, of reflection as well as celebration. All these take place in the frame of the natural world. Those changes and connections are subjects artists often turn to for reflection themselves.

May this music aid in your reflections and actions on the changes of this autumn season.

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