Friday Five

By September 17, 2015 Friday Five

Happy Friday!

Today I’m experimenting with a new post style, one that is borrowed from author Tim Ferriss. Each Friday, he sends out a 5-bullet email with things that he is digging on that week.

I’m going to try something similar, but tailored to music therapists, music therapy students, and those interested in music therapy.

Each week, I encounter cool things that I really should share with you all. So let me know if you like this and I will keep it up. Want it delivered directly to your inbox?

“Yes I do!”

1.) BOOK
Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice by Todd Henry
I’m about half-way through this book, and it’s great fodder for introspection and discovery. It provides rationale and strategies for developing your true, authentic voice in order to really make a positive impact in this world.

2.) MUSIC
Sound and Color by Alabama Shakes
This rock album is seriously good. So many textures, so much emotion. Singer/guitarist Brittany Howard is just on another level. I was a little late to this party, as the album dropped in April. But better late than never.

3.) GUITAR
Ok, if you’ve been getting emails from me for a while, you know that I’m all about improving guitar skills. I’ve got some cool things coming soon (that are crazy exciting!), but today I have a video of me showing you the hand and wrist stretches I do before, during, and after practice sessions and performances in order to stay loose and prevent injury.

4.) TECHNOLOGY
If you listen to the Music Therapy Round Table podcast, you may have heard us talk about Slack, a team communication tool. Since then, we’ve been using it more and more to categorize and streamline our communications. If you work as part of a team, you might really appreciate this. It’s free, so you might as well try it out.

5.) WHAT THE HECK
My good buddy and fellow West Coast music therapist Tim Ringgold recently sent me a video that blew his mind. And frankly, it blew mine, too. This guy Luca Stricagnoli plays finger-style guitar in a manner I have never seen before. Check out his rendition of Sweet Child O’ Mine.

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Have a great weekend!
Matt

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