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Connections Through Musical Journeys

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May 20, 2024 / 0 comments

Connection.

That’s an idea and a theme that has been part of this series from the first days of Music for Shifting Times. Connection to ideas, to places, to friends, to strangers, to memories: all are good ways to find and renew stability as times continue to shift.

Consider the creative ways these musicians find connection in shifting times.

Connections Through Musical Journeys

Connections and Community: Inspiration Through Music

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Apr 15, 2024 / 0 comments

Music for Shifting Times: that is what we decided to all this series when we began it back almost eight years ago at this writing.

It seemed that things were shifting then; little did anyone know how many ways things would shift across the world.

Need for connection and community have remained constant across these years; so has the role of music in making these connections possible.

You may want to reflect on those ideas as you consider the work of these musicians.

Music for Change, Resilience, and Hope in this Season of Spring

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Mar 18, 2024 / 0 comments

In the season of spring, nature reminds us of change, of resilience, of hope.

Spring months see at least two other times which include elements of change, resilience, and hope in their stories: international celebrations of women, and celebrations of Ireland connected with the time of Saint Patrick’s day in mid-March.

All of those come in to the creativity of the musicians whose work you will find below.

In whichever season you may be reading this, may the work of these artists be a good companion to you.

Music for Wisdom, Hope, and Connection

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Feb 19, 2024 / 0 comments

Many things in the world seem unsettled these days. Events in the news may make circumstances in day to day life seem more challenging, too.

There is wisdom, hope, community, rest, and fresh perspective to be found in music, in many ways and through music of many sorts.

Have a listen to the creativity of these musicians. Seek out their wisdom and ideas through these ever-changing times.

Music for Wisdom, Hope, and Connection

Music for living through changing times

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Jan 15, 2024 / 0 comments

Shifting times seem to be the usual state of things these days. Thinking about and working through the changes such situations bring is something musicians face and consider in their work, too.

Here are aspects of shifting times and living in them through music.

Music for living through changing times

Music for December, a time of hope and reflection

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Dec 19, 2023 / 0 comments

December is a time which invites reflection. That is true wherever you might be, and whatever else may be going on.

December can also be a time of many things to get done, holidays to celebrate, gatherings to attend, travel plans, resolutions for the coming year...

Each of those activities will benefit from a bit of space, a bit of time for reflection. That may come before, during, after you take part, of course—and music is a fine way to invite reflection and a fine companion alongside quiet consideration, as well.

“Josh Recommends” for January 2024 by Josh Garrick

January 2024 turns out to be an excellent time to appreciate world-renowned artists and beautiful new productions as we continue the joys of the recent Holiday Season.   

Music for Peace, Reflection, and a Cup of Tea

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Nov 20, 2023 / 0 comments

Music for Shifting Times: that is what we have chosen to call this series.

One of the ideas behind it was that music—especially the sorts of music we share with you here—can offer ways to help you reflect on these changes.

Autumn's Music: Reflection, Community, and Connection

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Oct 16, 2023 / 0 comments

It’s early autumn at the time of writing. A time when it may be good to be outside; a time when weather or circumstance may invite you inside.

A time for reflection, whether gathering in community or staying on one’s own.

Autumn's Music: Reflection, Community, and Connection

Celtic Colours: Celebrating Music and Community

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Sep 18, 2023 / 0 comments

As late summer shifts into autumn, it is a time for gatherings and festivals.

Celtic Colours International Festival is one such event. It takes place across nine days in early October every year all across Cape Breton Island in the north of the province of Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada.

Celtic Colours: Celebrating Music and Community

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