It’s not what you get out of the music, but what the music gets out of you.
— MACK BAILEY
Due to the Covid-19 virus and the health and safety of our veterans, music therapists, interns, and volunteers, Music Therapy of the Rockies is planning to hold 2 retreats in the fall. All guidelines will be followed regarding how many veterans participate, masks, sanitation, distancing and keeping the number of people present at a minimum. The dates are finalized but we will continue monitoring the current atmosphere to ensure the safety of all involved. Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!! Keep the music coming!!
Music Therapy of the Rockies and Breedlove Guitars recently partnered to send 2 Breedlove guitars to an Air Force Company in Iraq. We recently held a virtual guitar session with Major Aaron Butler to help as a coping skill and for morale of the Company.
It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Gary Lord. He attended our October music therapy retreat in Nashville. He was a very gentle giant that left an imprint on each of us. We exchanged texts on Thursday, April 30, 2020, just checking in and then on Friday, May 1, 2020 he was in a motorcycle accident. He wrote a beautiful song with Mark Elliott of a wonderful memory he had in Vietnam. Watch and listen here.
Song – White (Mack Bailey, Spa Creek Music ASCAP)
Photos courtesy of Marcus Serrano, Jonathan Adamson, and Lori Van Duyne
This guy, Mack Bailey along with singer, songwriter, Nicole Serrano at his Music Therapy In The Rockies retreat ,at Amy Grants farm in Franklin,TN, helped rewire my brain as I had been suffering from 3 months of suicidal ideations everyday from 27yrs. of PTSD. All I can say is WOW! He knows his stuff. I left that retreat that weekend feeling reset and recharged. My suicidal ideations were gone. I still have my PTSD symptoms but I now have more tools (guitar) to be able to channel my feelings in a positive way thru music. I now take guitar lessons and it helps. Thank you Mack.M.B., Army
Did I tell you how much the weekend and you meant to me? You kickstarted my new life of loving myself. I can’t stop talking about you and the weekend.L.P.(RET) US Air Force
What you did by inviting me to participate was to feed my musical and therapeutic soul, when I didn't even know I was hungry.J.R.MT-BC
“I really cannot thank you enough for the Music Therapy of the Rockies retreat experience. It was life changing. I sing my song every single day. It represents healing and growth. I could say thank you everyday and I don’t feel like I would be expressing my gratitude sufficiently.”B.R.(RET) Army
The 11 veterans you had sitting before you on Saturday morning were not the same 11 people who got up on that stage last night and poured their hearts out to everyone in the room. And because of that, not just their 11 lives, but every life with whom they come in contact is forever changed.M.E.MT-BC
I never had the opportunity to go to school with the GI bill. It's taken almost 15 years but I finally am able to go to school — which was all I ever wanted to do. And I am alive and enjoying it because of you.J.K.(RET) US Army
I feel extremely honored to have my story memorialized in a song. That will certainly help heal another veteran.SGT L.G., III(RET) Army
“I’m going to harden my fingers and soften my soul.”R.F., Army
“I've still been playing almost every day. I love these guitars. Thank you so much for investing in us over here. They have made the daily grind enjoyable!”A. B., USAF, Iraq
Robert and Lexie Potamkin
Jack and Diane Kennedy
Veterans United Foundation
Michael and Linda Trageser
Lampton Family Foundation
Slifer Smith and Frampton
Amy Grant and Vince Gill