When the longtime Aspen-based folk singer and music therapist Mack Bailey works with military veterans, one of the first exercises he has them do it to hold their index finger on a guitar’s high E string and pull it up toward the D string, hold the tension between them and then lower it back down.
Music Therapy of the Rockies is proud to announce Stories and Songs from the Farm, a collection of 12 songs written during our Music Therapy Retreats.
We would also like to honor and remember Randy Frantze, one of our veterans who recently passed away. Randy was an amazing individual that captured our hearts with his sense of humor and his philosophical outlooks. His quote, “I’m going to harden my fingers (for guitar) and soften my soul” will stay with me for a very long time.
In a tranquil, tucked away Franklin farm, veterans like Chuck Palmer are sharing their stories.
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.