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Fall, Family, Mosquitos & Quarantine
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October 16, 2020 08:05 AM PDT
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio!

In this episode, our podcasters have a conversation about Fall, Family, Mosquitos, and Quarantine. Listen in as we share our opinions on these various topics, and take turns interviewing each other. Let us know what you think, and what other topics we should discuss!


For more information about our organization, please visit AbleArtsWork.org

Meet an Able ARTS Work Music Therapy Intern (Part 1)
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October 09, 2020 07:52 AM PDT
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio! In this episode, we interview a recent Able ARTS Work music therapy intern, Cassadi! Listen in as we ask her some icebreaker questions, learn about her music therapy internship, and get some insight into her songwriting process with artists! Stay tuned for more of our internship series coming up in the new year.


8:04 “Stuck at Home”

Oh we’re stuck at home

But we’re not alone

We’ve got our friends and our families by our sides

Oh we’re stuck at home

But we’re not alone

We can meet on zoom while we’re tucked safe inside

Oh we’re all in this together

We’re all in this like birds of a feather

Soon we’ll be together again

I can’t wait to see all my friends

Program will be even better than before

Once we’re together again

Oh we’re stuck at home

But we’re not alone

We’ve got delicious food and goodies we can eat

Oh we’re stuck at home

But we’re not alone

We’ve got music we can make and it sounds sweet

Soon we’ll be together again

I can’t wait to see all my friends

Program will be even better than before

Once we’re together again

Oh we’re stuck at home

But we’re not alone

We can make arts and crafts and display them on our walls

Oh we’re stuck at home

But we’re not alone

And we’re excited for the day we can go back to the mall

Soon we’ll be together again

I can’t wait to see all my friends

Program will be even better than before

Once we’re together again

Oh we’re stuck at home

But we’re not alone

We’ve got out friends and our families by our sides

Oh we’re stuck at home

But we’re not alone

We can meet on zoom while we’re tucked safe inside

Soon we’ll be together again

I can’t wait to see all my friends

Program will be even better than before

Once we’re together again x2


12:24 Ode to CECA

CECA, CECA, CECA

Oh how we miss CECA

We can’t wait to see ya

At CECA, CECA, CECA

But while we’re away

How will we pass the days

Until we can see ya

At CECA, CECA, CECA

We can eat and drink agua

Or play with our chihuahuas

Watch movies or tv

Or pretend we’re at Disney

CECA, CECA, CECA

Oh how we miss CECA

We can’t wait to see ya

At CECA, CECA, CECA

But while we’re away

How will we pass the days

Until we can see ya

At CECA, CECA, CECA

We can see our friends on Zoom

From our own rooms

Say hi and ask how are you?

So we don’t feel blue

CECA, CECA, CECA

Oh how we miss CECA

We can’t wait to see ya

At CECA, CECA, CECA

But while we’re away

How will we pass the days

Until we can see ya

At CECA, CECA, CECA


Once we’re back at CECA

We’ll be so glad to see ya!

We’ll make art and music all day

We can’t wait to sing and play!

CECA, CECA, CECA

Oh how we miss CECA

We can’t wait to see ya

At CECA, CECA, CECA

Thanks for listening!

Please visit us at AbleARTSWork.org to learn more about our organization and internship opportunities.

Reid All About It!
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October 02, 2020 08:10 AM PDT
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio!

Listen in as ART Center interviews Reid Moriarty about his life, music and podcast.

Reid Moriarty is a “man with a mic” motivated to entertain to show that everyone has a unique gift. He has recorded four albums–Purple Party, Shine, Best Bros, and Slightly Country–and is a charismatic performer on keyboard and vocals. Reid is also front man for the band Jungle Poppins, speaks regularly promoting ability awareness and hosts his own podcast, Talk Time with Reid Moriarty. His voice breaks through social barriers to inspire.  

3:00 “Slightly Country” (and Reprise) by Reid Moriarty and Heath Farmer

Reid co-writes with Heath Farmer. Slightly Country was the first song Heath and Reid wrote together. Reid shares, “He asked if I had any ideas, and I just started singing whatever was on my mind––kinda telling a story at the piano. We had just started talking about the Slightly Country CD. So, this became the title track we needed!”


6:14 “Call it a Day”

Reid shared, “We recorded Call it a Day like a lullaby with arpeggios and made it the last song of all. We had the idea of Esther playing Taps on her trumpet. You might recognize Taps––which Esther played on trumpet––as traditional bugle call played at dusk to mark the end of a day.”

ArtBeat Radio would like to thank Reid once again for sharing his music, and taking time to participate in an interview. You can find him @ReidMoriarty on Instagram, or by listening to his podcast, Talk Time with Reid Moriarty.

Thank you to ART Center for their great interview skills and creative album artwork!

Learn more about our organization by visiting AbleArtsWork.org

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time!

An Interview with the Musical Artist, Jenny
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September 25, 2020 09:46 AM PDT
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio!

In this episode, we interview Jenny. A singer songwriter who attends our Able ARTs Work day programs and our Mobile Arts Program. Jenny is an incredibly talented songwriter and allowed us to listen in on some of her personal projects.

Let’s hear what she had to say about her songwriting!

2:41 “Cherry”

Cherry is a very special dolphin

I know that she’s out there waiting for me

Cherry has a friend named daisy who is a cow

They play together in the water, in the sun

Yeah cherry is magic I know

If you believe and look in your heart, you will see her too

She will teach the other marine life to love and be kind.

3:54 “Little Person”

Little person is a new special friend of mine

She is soft and I love to pet her head

When I’m blue, she puts a smile on my face

I like to hold her under the covers, pat her head, and talk to her.

Little person comforts me. That’s all there is.

5:57 “Daisy”

Daisy you’re my friend

You’re soft to pet on the head

Your eyes are very lifelike

I love you.

7:09 “My Vision”

All on my own I found me

We can be at peace

Share and care. Now is the time to slow down

I am blessed because I found you

I’m so happy we share a common dream for peace in the world

No more hate. No more killing. Flowers everywhere.

8:44 Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler (cover)

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
It must have been cold there in my shadow
To never have sunlight on your face
You were content to let me shine, that's your way
You always walked a step behind

So I was the one with all the glory
While you were the one with all the strength
A beautiful face without a name for so long
A beautiful smile to hide the pain

Did you ever know that you're my hero
And everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle
For you are the wind beneath my wings

It might have appeared to go unnoticed
But I've got it all here in my heart
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it
I would be nothing without you

Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be
I could fly higher than an eagle
For you are the wind beneath my wings

Did I ever tell you you're my hero?
You're everything, everything I wish I could be
Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle
For you are the wind beneath my wings
'Cause you are the wind beneath my wings

Oh, the wind beneath my wings
You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings
Fly, fly, fly away, you let me fly so high
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky
So high I almost touch the sky
Thank you, thank you
Thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings

13:36 “Money free World

Someday I hope theres a time in the world

That people share better

We would have free vegan food and free water. At no charge

It would be a peaceful world where everyone is sharing

Happy in the world

A special thank you to the talented artist, Jenny and her music therapist, Evan.

For more information, please go to our website AbleArtsWork.org

Thank you for listening and tune in next time!

Able ARTS Work Quarantunes: Episode 5
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September 18, 2020 08:25 AM PDT
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Welcome to episode 5 of “Quarantunes” where quarantine can’t stop our creativity! For this new episode, we get to experience musical expression by our artists at CECA (Cultural Education Center for the Arts). You’ll hear great narration from DJ PJ as well as, original music compositions.


You’re listening to Art Beat Radio, a program by Able Arts Work.

Our first song was written by CECA artist Jenny Lurvey. Her lyrics talk about a cruelty free world and talk about a place called the Gentle Barn – a barn that allows animals to live free. This song is called Vision for A New World.

1:07 “Vision For A New World” by Jenny Lurvey

“Healthy, cruelty free food and water should be free,

People shouldn’t have to go without it,

We need a miracle,

People need to feel like they have access to what they need.

The gentle barn teaches kindness and compassion

They try to set an example,

Peace on Earth”

The second song today is from our CECA Songwriting class. It was written collaboratively between members of the class – each artist making choices about the melody, tempo and instruments that were being used in the song. It uses the “Amen Brother” drum break, one of the most sampled pieces of music of all time.

2:46 “Happy Song” - Written by the CECA Songwriting Class

“This is a song, written by CECA, all about what makes us happy

PlayStation puts me in a good mood!

Mariachis make beautiful music

Tacos are fun for everyone!

We like painting rainbows

Avocado Sandwiches are so tasty!

Yeah, they’re so tasty! mmm

Hope you had a good time”

This next song was also written by the CECA Songwriting class. It is a song about the comic being written collaboratively in the Crafting Comics class. It tells the story of Dinosaur The Archer, a character from the comic. You can hear student vocal contributions as well as the instrumental choices they made.

4:33 “Dinosaur the Archer” - Written by the CECA Songwriting Class

I am a monster

They call me Dinosaur the archer

I hunt by the river

The river is my best friend

They tell me the weather

They’re strong and in a circle, they’re purple

They're hard to swim in and they talk to me

Hi

This next song was created by students of the Music Video Makers class at Able ARTS Work. Students collaborated to choose a song to parody, write lyrics and record virtual instruments on Garageband. This hello song is meant to highlight the virtual layout of classes on Zoom.

7:05 “Hello to You”

Whoa! Hello to you!

Saying hi to all my friends!


Hello to you!

It is time we say hello

Hello! Hello! I’m saying hello

Whoa! Wave hello!

We’re waving to all our friends

Now say hello!

Say hello to all your friends!

Hello! Hello! How are you?

Right now we’re on Zoom

Meeting up with all our friends (x2)

Now smile at your friends

We’re smiling at all our friends

Now give a high-five

Give a virtual high-five

Hello! Hello! We’re saying hello

Right now we’re on Zoom

Meeting up with all our friends (x2)


Whoa! Hello to you!

To you and to you!

Hello to all!

It is time we say hello

Hello! Hello! I’m saying hello.


Whoa! Hello to all!

To you and to you!

Hello to you!

It is time we say hello

Hello! Hello! How are you? (x3)


A special thank you to artists at CECA for the album artwork, and the amazing DJ PJ for being our host in this episode of Quarantunes.

For more information, please go to our website AbleArtsWork.org


Thank you for listening and tune in next time!

Let's Talk Nutrition!
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September 11, 2020 08:10 AM PDT
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Welcome back to another episode of ArtBeat Radio! This episode is mainly based on nutrition. We interviewed Registered Dietician, Alexis, and asked her a variety of questions. Listen in for tips, tricks and more!

Thank you to ART Center for their great interview skills and creative album artwork!

Learn more about our organization by visiting AbleArtsWork.org

Thanks for listening!

Able ARTS Work Quarantunes: Episode 4
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September 04, 2020 08:58 AM PDT
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Welcome to episode 4 of “Quarantunes” where quarantine can’t stop our creativity! For this new episode, we get to experience musical expression by our artists at ART Center (Achieving Results Together)


0:33 “The Toy Shop of My Past”

In this first song, the class wanted to do a song that was more upbeat, fun, and something you can dance to! Throughout the song, you can hear Eric, an artist at ART Center, playing the accordion and several other of his toys/instruments on top of instrumentation that was put together as a class.


2:30 “Hi Hi Hi”

To start off the song, the class voted on a slower tempo. The class then wanted the song to sound happy. Next, they voted on all of the drum sounds and rhythms. Christy, an artist at ART Center, recorded her voice by saying “hi”. Eric then suggested we record a live sample, so he used the V-tech Little Smart Driver from 1989. Eric also suggested we put in keyboard clicks throughout the song. Our first recording together proved to be challenging, yet a lot of fun!


3:40 “Space Capsule”

The class voted on doing a more electronic-driven song. The class started with voting for a fast tempo and leaned more towards electronic instruments. Eric started off the song with typing out a live sample. Maria, an artist at ART Center, also sang for the recording.

4:49 “Laboratory Experiment”

This last song started off by messing around and getting acquainted with Chrome Music Lab, a free and accessible website that offers fun ways to experiment with music. The class played around with creating a melody they liked and exported it so they could expand on it just a little bit more. It was a new and fun way for the class to create a song!


A very special thank you to artists at ART Center for their compositions and album artwork!


Learn more about our organization by visiting AbleArtsWork.org

Thanks for listening!

Able ARTS Work Quarantunes: Episode 3
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July 30, 2020 02:30 PM PDT
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Welcome to episode 3 of “Quarantunes” where quarantine can’t stop our creativity!

For this new episode, we get to experience musical expression by our artists at EPI (Encouraging Personal Independence).

0:21 “Greco’s Song”

This song was written by Greco, an artist at EPI, who talks about going to Disneyland with his friends for his birthday. He also talks about how the current pandemic is preventing him from going but he is hopeful that everything will be there when he returns! The song is set to a stripped down, acoustic, folk inspired track that will pull at your heart strings.

Lyrics

I need a million dollars to take my friends to Disneyland

I want to go before I turn 30 years old

I’d buy churros and fun tickets to all the rides

I’d buy us all helados too!

The coronavirus won't let me go right now

But I know it’ll still be there when we come back

The coronavirus won't let me go right now

I’ll just have to go when I turn 30 years old!

I’ll just have to go when I turn 30 years old!

I’ll just have to go when I turn 30 years old!



1:41 “Que Me Gusta Mucho”

This is an upbeat, pop and dance song using sampled vocals of an ice cream eating experience. You can hear all the joys and deliciousness in the flavor of the music. Listen closely for slurps and utensils plinking in the background.


3:26 “Summer”

This song is about the joys of summer and fun with friends. The chorus repeats the catchy phrase “Summer, don’t go away” and the instruments bring an upbeat vibe to the track. This song features a large ensemble of backing vocals and sampled percussion.

Lyrics

Don’t it feel like summer has just begun?

Hanging with my friends under the sun

La La La La La La La La….

Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba…

Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da...

Summer

Don’t go away

Summer

Don’t go away

There’s still some time left for fun

This year’s summer is not quite done

La La La La La La La La….

Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba…

Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da...

Summer

Don’t go away

Summer

Don’t go away

Summer

Don’t go away

Summer

Don’t go away

La La La La La La La La….

Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba…

Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da...

5:53 “Yes”

This track features modern upbeat hip-hop drums as well as sampled vocals reminiscent of classic 90’s hip-hop. The song features the affirmation of “Yes” and promotes positivity and good vibes.

Thank you again to artists from EPI for their music and album artwork!

You can watch some fun videos created by Able Arts Work staff over at our YouTube Channel, Able Arts Work – Virtual Learning

Learn more about our organization by visiting AbleArtsWork.org

Thanks for listening!

Able ARTS Work Quarantunes: Episode 2
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July 06, 2020 08:38 AM PDT
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Welcome to episode 2 of Quarantunes! Where quarantine can’t stop our creativity!

For this new episode, we get to experience musical expression by artists over at our Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP II)

0:47 "Handwashing Song" is a parody of one of TAP II's favorite songs, "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles. The lyrics were written by artists via the online platform, Zoom. The focus of the song is to demonstrate how to properly wash your hands. The artists at TAP II decided to take a basic procedure of maintaining proper hygiene and turn it into a fun tune for their peers and family to listen to! The vocals and guitar were recorded by Jessica, a music therapist at TAP II and Jamond, an artist at TAP II. All other instruments were recorded by various artists using Garageband in the comfort of their own home. Enjoy this wonderful piece and remember to wash your hands!

3:49 “Your Virtual Heart” was composed in a group music therapy session via Zoom. A total of 13 students worked on this instrumental song. Artists used the program ‘Song Maker’ on the website ‘Google Chrome Music Lab’ to compose this piece collaboratively. All artists voted on the instrumentation, tempo, and structure of the song before composing each section independently. There are three sections-- A, B, and C -- each with its own unique style and texture. About half of the artists directly composed their own designated short segments of each major section using the control screen function on Zoom. This means they directly manipulated the program with their own computer, placing notes on the screen where they saw fit. The other half of the group communicated to the music therapist where they wanted their notes placed in preferred rhythms. This created a truly unique songwriting experience, in which each motif represents each individual in the class, creating a comprehensive instrumental piano piece. The title “Your Virtual Heart” reflects the artists’ collective journey exploring music-making in a new, virtual environment.

5:08 "Garageband Quarantunes" is a compilation of various instrumental improvisations that the artists at TAP II recorded on Garageband to a simple guitar sample that the music therapist, Jessica, provided. Each artist chose an instrument of their choice and recorded their improvisation in the comfort of their own home. This song was created to show each artist's expression and emotion by using the gift of music. Enjoy this wonderful piece!

6:42 “My Heart Broke in Music Lab” was composed by TAP II artist, Rudy during his 1:1 music therapy sessions. This artist utilized the ‘Song Maker’ app found on the website “Chrome Music Lab”. He made all choices about instrumentation, tempo and structure prior to composing. This artist controlled the music therapist's screen to independently explore different musical motifs and lay down notes to create three distinct sections of music. The music therapist and artist converted the sections to Garageband where effects were added and he got to select percussive styles and drum tracks. This song was meant to highlight the creative ways musical collaboration can still take place even when we are not able to do so in person.

A very special thanks to our narrator from ART Center, and album cover artist from TAP II.

You can watch some fun videos created by Able Arts Work staff over at our YouTube Channel, Able Arts Work – Virtual Learning

Learn more about our organization by visiting AbleArtsWork.org

Thanks for listening!

Able ARTS Work Quarantunes: Episode 1
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May 29, 2020 12:47 PM PDT
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Welcome to episode 1 of “Quarantunes”! Where quarantine can’t stop our creativity!

For our first episode, we experience musical expression from Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA) and album artwork from Achieving Results Together (ART Center)

0:45 “Mountain Song” was composed in a songwriting and music technology class. Choices were made about what instruments would be used, and artists had their own instruments sampled via zoom, which included a shaker and a cup! The songs that are being written in this class have been thematically tied into a "Crafting Comics" class. In the story being written in that class, two young settlers have lost their deer and are looking for it in the mountains - this song is a musical interpretation of the beginning of their journey. You can find the lyrics below!

Happily, we go up
Shyly we walk along
Cold nights are so mean
Snow Looks so beautiful
Life is at the bottom
Our goal is at the top
Home is where the video games are
Rocky Mountains are so pretty
Bears are so scary
Pigeons Coo in the air
Ravens Fly through the sky
I see a horse in a house
How Strange!
Crows don’t go near that house
We brought extra Apples
We’ve also got Bananas

2:39 “Wrestling Intro Song” was put together recording different instruments from each artist's home, including a shaker, keyboard, guitar, and tambourine. The artists chose both the key and tempo while the instructor provided different instrument lines to be chosen from.

3:55 “Another Green Sunflower” was constructed to demonstrate the sampling ability of the Ableton program. In it, the Beach Boys song "All I Wanna Do" and the Brian Eno Song "Another Green World" are put together to make a laid-back hip-hop beat. You can find a YouTube video on our channel to see how Daniel created this!

6:10 “Horse Song” This is another song from the CECA songwriting collaboration with the crafting comic class! In the story, two main characters come across a horse that lives in a house. They want to spend the night with the horse, but the horse never turns their music down! All musical choices were made by students. There's even a shaker and hand clapping that was sampled over zoom! You can find the lyrics below!

I’m the best horse, I stay hydrated
I like to run with the herd
I gobble up Chile and mangos with lime
I think my rest is super important
I like to sleep with music on
My best friend is a really cool cow
They are super friendly
This is my cool new house I built
You can stay at the house
But I’ll never turn my music down

7:48 “Corona Sounds” was made by sampling different household objects in place of traditional percussion. In the song, one can hear the sounds of squiring hand sanitizer, a can of disinfectant wipes, an empty roll of toilet paper, and some canned goods. These sounds work together to make up the backbone of the groove that the song is based around.

You can see how instructor Daniel created some of these tracks, and get inspired to create your own recordings using everyday items you can find in your home! For free content to keep you creative during this quarantine, please visit our YouTube Channel - Able ARTS Work: Virtual Learning https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyEY9XQUaQ_dZGXPy2E41-g

Learn more about our organization by visiting Ableartswork.org

Thanks for listening!

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