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Passages: Music for Rough Times and Calmer Spaces

by Kerry Dexter / Aug 18, 2020 /
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The saying that walking on uneven ground is good for improving balance strikes me as a metaphor for parts of the shifting times we are in at present. Music to help you think about that here, from rough seas to calmer waters, from quiet walks to a  tale holding wisdom from older times.

Passages: Music for Rough Times and Calmer Spaces

Music: Intention and Invitation

by Kerry Dexter / Jul 23, 2020 /
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Shifting times: when we chose the name for this series, four years ago now, we did not know quite how many areas of life would be shifitng, and how continually and at what depths. There were already many important issues needing attention then. Now, there have been so many deep calls for attention in just the last four months at this writing, not to mention the last four years. Making one's way through all this with courage, grace, and impact requires focused intention. How to focus intention, and on what, will vary.

Music of Hope and Peace

by Kerry Dexter / Jun 15, 2020 /
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In times  of turmoil, of anger, of pain, songs of protest have their place. In times of protest, of turmoil, of pain, there is also time for seeking peace, need for solace, for reflection and connection, even when --perhaps especially when --circumstances seem bleak and dangerous.

That's how the music in this episode of Music For Shifting Times is meant to work. There is hope in the midst of turmoil, ways to find rest and seek connection in the midst of upheaval. May this music help you find and share these things.

Music for Connection and Contemplation

by Kerry Dexter / May 19, 2020 /
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Music can invite and encourage contemplation and connection, solitude and community.  Participating in arts of all sorts allows, invites, and encourages perspective and reflection.

At times, this also makes space for a place of rest.

With those ideas in mind, take a listen to the differing ways these musicians invite you into all of this.

Music for Connection and Contemplation

Hope as a Companion: Music for the Journey

by Kerry Dexter / Apr 20, 2020 /
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There are so many ways music can speak to, and with, these shifting and changing times. For this part of the adventure of Music for Shifting Times, come along on a journey that takes in dark and light, but always with hope as a companion.

Hope as a Companion: Music for the Journey

Songs from Holocaust Testimonies Comprise New Musical Production from Yale University

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In the Nazi concentration camps of World War II, Jewish prisoners forged significant bonds and created ephemeral documents of their torturous experiences through song. Yale University's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies has produced an album, in collaboration with musicologist and musician D. Zisl Slepovitch, to honor the significance of these works: "Where Is Our Homeland?: Songs from Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive, Volume 1."

Music from the Heart: Ireland

by Kerry Dexter / Mar 17, 2020 /
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It is a time of year when thoughts turn to Ireland. It is the time of Saint Patrick's Day. The whole of this time of year, from February through May, is known as Patrick season, for that reason. At the time of Saint Patrick in earlier years in this series, I reflected that the story of Ireland, its diaspora, and its people, is one of making it through hardship and change, and finding ways to do that while keeping music in the heart, and sharing that music.

“Josh Recommends” for February 29, 2020 (the Leap Year Edition) by Josh Garrick

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“Josh Recommends” for February 29, 2020 (the Leap Year Edition) by Josh Garrick

Beginning with today's column, Wandering Educators is pleased to now offer the column, "Josh Recommends", in both English and Spanish.

A todos nuestros lectores: Estamo orgullos de includir una version en espagnol de la columna de esta semana..."Josh recomienda."

“Josh Recommends” for February 21, 2020 by Josh Garrick

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“Josh Recommends” for February 21, 2020 by Josh Garrick 

Music for Hope and Celebration

by Kerry Dexter / Feb 17, 2020 /
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Dark and light, hard news and good news, in public life and in personal circumstance, always shift and change. It is vital to balance hard and discouraging with good and hopeful; that's what makes it possible to seek hope in challenging times, and to share that seeking and finding with others. As other musicians have through the music we have shared thus far in this series, and these artists do here.

Music for Hope and Celebration

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