My Life in Six Songs

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 I am a musician and a music therapist; almost everything reminds me of a song. I recently saw a meme on social media that reads: “If you can’t handle me randomly blurting out song lyrics that relate to what you just said, then we can’t be friends.” This line made me laugh out loud, but it truly resonated with me, especially considering my line of work. Part of my job as a music therapist is…

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Our shared past and present: a faculty statement of support

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In 1873, Drury was founded by Congregationalists, many of whom were abolitionists, to “help heal the wounds of the Civil War” and provide a strong academic education in the liberal arts. Springfield, Missouri was chosen, in part, as it was an area that had been so scarred by the war; it was a place in need of continued healing. The university’s founders envisioned an institution that would offer students, including women, Native Americans, and those…

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Never Underestimate the Power of Kindness

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As I schlepped from the Jersey hinterlands into Brooklyn each morning, there were a few personal, humanizing encounters I looked forward to, that made my daily two-hour commutes bearable: –The conductor on the 5:32 train, who always noticed when I sat somewhere other than by the four-seater, near the car’s only electrical outlet. He never failed to have a smile – even at that ung-dly hour, and even after thirty-five years on the job. –The…

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What song will you sing on your way to VOTE today? The Tune of the 2016 Presidential Election

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Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic: politics. With the presidential election coming to a close, I thought I’d look at the influence our culture has on politics. Musicians and other celebrities have become increasingly more involved in Presidential elections, often creating music for and supporting candidates. This interesting and controversial election season has provided some great fodder for musicians looking for inspiration. Rapper Eminem has recently released a track called “Campaign Speech.” In the 8-minute…

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