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Able ARTS Work Quarantunes: Episode 11
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April 09, 2021 08:00 AM PDT
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio! You’re listening to episode 11 of Quarantunes, where quarantine can’t stop our creativity! Today, we hear musical expression from CECA (Cultural Education Center for the Arts).

0:18 “Heavenly Colors” - World Music class
"Heavenly Colors" is a short instrumental piece composed by the members of CECA's World Music class.  Though the Philippines have a diverse range of musical stylings, the students primarily focused on traditional Filipino folk music from the 1950s and 60s for this piece.  It makes use of the 3/4 time signature that many Filipino folk songs explore, as well as the nylon string guitar carrying the melody which can be heard in songs such as "Cariñosa" the national dance of the Philippines and "Katakataka" by Eva Eugenio.  Students made all choices regarding the melody, the key, the tempo and the length of the song.

3:13 “Tiger Strength Affirmations”- Music and Mindfulness class
The students of “Music and Mindfulness” class at CECA collaborated in creating an original “Tiger Strength Affirmations” project. Students collectively decided on writing positive affirmations with an overall theme of “strength” and decided to use a “tiger” to more specifically symbolize inner strength and individual uniqueness. In the project recording, student voices and instrument playing, which were recorded live during class, can be heard. Students collectively decided on: words, phrases, and concepts of each affirmation line, order of affirmations, and stylistic and compositional details of the ambient background music. Students also assisted the music therapist in the recording and engineering process throughout the making of the project.

I am tiger

My seaheart courageously drifts across the sea

I am unique

My resilient roar can be heard from miles away

My fangs are tough as diamonds

I swim powerfully through the lava river

I am fierce

I am tiger

4:54 “Going back to program” - Creations class
Composers of this piece wanted to emphasize the great work they’ve accomplished while learning virtually as well as look forward to the future with hope and excitement to one day return to program in-person. The students in CECA Creations chose the tempo, key, drum track, hand percussion instruments, and lyrics that were sung in the song. You can also hear four of the students’ voices throughout the song as well as some students clapping.

It’s been one year, thirteen whole months!

One day we’ll go back, it will be such a happy day.

Going back to program, it will be a happy time!

Going back to program, I just can’t wait!

We hope to go back soon, we miss playing our instruments.

The garden still grows and caterpillars turn into butterflies there!

One day we will return! One day we will return!

We worked hard in virtual classes but we miss taking the bus!

And helping out with chores and excited to see our friends!

Going back to program, it will be a happy time!

Going back to program, I just can’t wait!

6:51 “Apple Loop Jam” - Together We Music class
Students worked together to select the genre, tempo, and structure utilizing Garageband. Then they chose instruments from their selected genre to find apple loops for. Loops are pre-written repeating sections of sound. Students listened to various examples based on their selected instruments and hand-picked the ones they wanted to include in this song. After picking loops, they adjusted the lengths to arrange a cohesive instrumental piece. On behalf of Together We Music, we hope you enjoy the hip-hop/R&B sounds of "Apple Loop Jam".

Thank you to CECA for your beautiful work on this episode and amazing album artwork!

Thanks for listening and tune in next time!

For more information about our organization, please visit our website www.ableartswork.org

Quarantunes: Episode 10
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April 02, 2021 08:42 AM PDT
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Welcome to episode 10 of Quarantunes, where quarantine can’t stop our creativity! In this episode, we’ll hear musical expression from our artists at ART Center.

0:45 “Dances + Names” ART Center’s Virtual Song Creation Class

This was one of the very first songs the class wrote and recorded together. The class wanted to use their names to add to the rhythm and beat of the song. The song was originally inspired by dance music since the class was listening to different kinds of dance music. A vintage alphabet toy and the “You Create Mixer” is being used throughout the song by one of the artists. The song was split into three different parts. Another artist can be heard singing a melody they wrote towards the second half. The class wanted to create a song that would hopefully get people moving and this is the result.


1:59 “Stay Up” ART Center’s Virtual Song Creation Class

Stay Up was inspired from trying to stay awake when sleepy. The class was listening to rock music and some electronic music to get some inspiration. The class voted on a couple samples to include in the song and get the song started. One of the artists can be heard playing the drums at the end as an outro. If you listen closely, another artist can also be heard playing different keyboard parts throughout the song.

3:56 “Soul Inspiration” ART Center’s Virtual Song Creation Class

For this song, the class was learning about soul music and got some inspiration from Aretha Franklin. While the piano is a sample the class voted on using for the song, one the artists can be heard playing a keyboard with an organ tone alongside it. The “You Create Mixer” and the “V-Tech Little Smart Alphabet Picture Desk” is also being used by one of the artists. These instruments can be heard harmonizing with some of the vocal samples and playing the main melody in the song. Another artist can be heard singing what they thought would best fit the song, which can be heard in the beginning and towards the end of the song.

We would like to thank Timothy Holmes from ART Center for his beautiful album artwork.

Thanks for listening! For more information about our organization, please visit our website www.ableartswork.org

First Virtual Music Therapy Internship: Meet Marie!
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March 26, 2021 08:00 AM PDT
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio! In today’s episode, we interview the first completely virtual music therapy intern, and most recent graduate, Marie. Listen in as she shares about her internship, her life, and creates a jingle with the ABR crew.

Art Beat Radio Jingle was written with the Art Beat Radio class at ART. They began class with watching examples of famous commercial jingles such as Kit-Kat Bar, Meow Mix, and In-N-Out. The class then discussed elements of a podcast that would be important to include in the jingle such as: listening, subscribing, learning, etc. The class then voted on what style of music they wanted the jingle to be, choosing relaxed over fast paced. Each student gave input on lyrics depending on the important elements they had discussed about podcasts at the beginning of class. Each student also made additional instrumental choices which included rhythm sticks, shaker, tambourine, snapping, and vocal choices. The song was recorded and students’ voices were recorded and included in the recording.

(12:58) “Art Beat Radio Jingle” Written by ArtBeat Radio staff with Marie

Listen, learn, and subscribe

Come on and give it a go

Much to offer to our fans

Art Beat Radio

Listen far and wide

The more you learn, the more you know

Hey everybody, it’s time to begin

Art Beat Radio

Art. Beat. Radio!

Congratulations on successfully finishing your internship, Marie!

Thanks for listening! For more information about our organization, please visit our website AbleArtsWork.org

An Interview With Miki
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March 19, 2021 08:00 AM PDT
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio! Listen in as we interview Miki!

Milkias is an artist in our Mobile Arts Program (MAP). He participates in music sessions with his music therapist, Jenna and art sessions with his art instructor, Dani. Recently, Milkias worked on painting a guitar with Dani to be displayed in the Yamaha Cares UpCycled Guitar Exhibit at the Able ARTS Work Gallery. In this episode, Milkias shares information about the process of painting a guitar and some of his favorite pieces on the guitar. He also sings a song from one of his favorite movies-The Lion King.

(0:21) “Hello Song” Sung by Miki and Jenna

Hello everyone, how are you today?

Hello everyone, it’s time to sing and play

La, la, la, la, la, la (x4)

(4:50) “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” Sung by Miki and Jenna


(7:45) “Goodbye Song” Sung by Miki and Jenna

Goodbye everyone

Goodbye everyone

Goodbye everyone

It’s time to say goodbye


Thank you so much to Miki for this amazing interview and his beautiful work on the guitar. For more information about us, the gallery, an

Life is a Party: An Interview with a Chef (Justin Khanna) Part 2
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March 12, 2021 08:00 AM PST
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio!

In today’s episode we present part two of our interview with chef and media producer, Justin Khanna. Justin is not only a talented chef but is also an entrepreneur, traveler, and teacher with a passion for creating media for projects like his podcast, The Emulsion, his weekly newsletter, and videos for his YouTube channel! Justin was kind enough to chat with us about the culinary world as well as the media world! In this episode we ask Justin about his work as a media producer for his podcast, YouTube channel, and newsletter. We hope that you enjoy this episode and if you haven’t already, be sure to listen to part one of this interview to take a dive into the culinary world!

Please check out Justin on social media:

Website - www.justinkhanna.com

Instagram - @justinkhanna

Twitter - @justin_khanna

YouTube – Justin Khanna

And check out his podcast “The Emulsion” on YouTube and Apple Podcasts

Thanks for listening! For more information about our organization, please visit our website AbleArtsWork.org

Able Arts Work Quarantunes: Episode 9
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March 05, 2021 08:49 AM PST
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Welcome to episode 9 of “Quarantunes” Where quarantine can’t stop our creativity! In this episode we get to hear musical expression from our artists at EPI. Listen in as they reimagine classic songs. Which melodies do you recognize?

(0:18) Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (reimagined)

In this song you’ll hear the EPI Storytellers class musicians put their own spin on the classic hit, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. You’ll hear brand new lyrics, African and Disco inspired drum grooves as well as solos performed by EPI musicians.

Listen, EPI
Ain't no building high
Ain't no canyon low,
Ain't no ravine wide enough, EPI

If you need me, call me,
No matter where you are
No matter how far
Don't worry
Just call my name, I'll be there in a hurry
You don't have to worry

'Cause EPI, there ain't no tree high enough
Ain't no ocean deep enough,
Ain't no sky wide enough
To keep me from painting with you, EPI

Remember the day I danced with you
I told you, you could always count on me, my friend
And from that day on I made a vow
I'll be there when you want me some way, some how

'Cause EPI, there ain't no airplane fast enough
Ain't no turtle slow enough,
Ain't no candy sweet enough
To keep me from dancing with you

'Cause EPI, there ain't no airplane fast enough
Ain't no turtle slow enough,
Ain't no candy sweet enough
To keep me from dancing with you

(3:15) Time of Our Lives

You’ll hear the musical influence of Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” in this EPI original. Here we hear Greco’s voice and staff singing about this long year of quarantine, and what we have accomplished during this time.

Time (x9)

Time of our lives

One long year

We’ve been on zoom

And we got jobs

At the gallery

Rolling down to the beach (la playa!)

For a nice long picnic

No matter what we do

Well play it cool

Time (x9)

Time of our lives

Time (x9)

Time of our lives

(4:44) I Feel Good (cover)

In this song you’ll hear the EPI Storytellers funky version of James Browns’ “I Feel Good”. You’ll hear EPI musicians on the guitar, shaker, ukulele and singing solos. This upbeat bop will be sure to get you moving and grooving with us!

I feel good, I knew that I would, would now
I feel good, I knew that I would, would now
So good, so good, I got you

I feel nice, knew that I would
I feel nice, knew that I would
So nice, so nice, I got you

And I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

I feel good, I knew that I would, would now
I feel good, I knew that I would, would now
So good, so good, I got you

A big thank you to EPI for their creative songwriting and album artwork!

Thanks for listening! For more information about our organization, please visit our website AbleArtsWork.org

Able ARTS Work Quarantunes: Episode 8
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February 26, 2021 08:07 AM PST
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Welcome to episode 8 of “Quarantunes” Where quarantine can’t stop our creativity! In this first quarantunes episode of 2021, we get to experience musical expression from our artists at CECA. Listen in as we hear songs inspired by Brazil, the Summertime, and life!

(0:18) “I Love You from Brazil” - CECA’s World Music Class

The World music class chose to have the first country that they studied be Brazil.  Brazil is known for a diverse range of music, including Bossa Nova and Samba.  Students learned about elements from these styles of music and then incorporated those stylistic elements into a composition of their own.  They made choices about the tempo, key, pitch, rhythm and melody lines of the entire song.  Finally, the class chose different lyrics, settling on saying "I love you" in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French and Japanese.  The students also chose how they wanted the recordings of their voices to be manipulated or edited.

Te Amo

Aishiteru

Je T'aime

I love you

(1:40) “Dreamy Rhapsody” - CECA’s Music Video Maker Class

The song "Dreamy Rhapsody" is an original instrumental composition by the Music Video Makers class of Able ARTS Work. This was the students' final project of the semester. They created the song and music video by brainstorming various concepts about life and current times, then selected instrumentation and footage to match each concept. This song is intended to induce relaxation in the listener. On behalf of the Music Video Makers class, we hope you sit back, relax and enjoy "Dreamy Rhapsody". You can find a video featuring this song by using the link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7bsX5sJ7PI

(6:33) “Feelin’ the Sushine” (The Friendship/Summertime Song) is a song that was written collectively by students in To Instruments and Far Beyond! class at Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA). Students first voted on writing a song with the theme of “friendship” and “summertime”. They then progressively voted on song tempo, instrumentation, lyrics, song form/structure, and other musical and stylistic elements. Some of the students singing voices and musical instruments were recorded live during virtual classes and embedded into the final recording of the song. A guest instructor and employee of Able Arts Work also recorded their melodica instrument during a visit to class. The title “Feelin’ the Sunshine” was decided upon after the completion of the music and lyrics and is based on a lyrical phrase in the song, “I wanna feel the sunshine”. Click the link below to watch our lyric video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C8WsoiIUAE

I got my horchata

You got your strawberry vegan ice cream

We should grab some burgers

And go eat at our hot hot summer feast

Its our summer song, hee hee hee

Its our summer song, hee hee hee

Lets meet at the ocean

And look out to the shiny sparkling sea

I wanna’ feel the sunshine

While hanging out with all my favorite peeps

Its our summer song, hee hee hee

Its our summer song, hee hee hee

We're gonna go camping in our pink tree house

And watch the shootin stars

Well go to raging waters

And conquer thunder rapids

And then we’ll play xbox

Thanks for listening! For more information about our organization, please visit our website AbleArtsWork.org

Life is a Party: An Interview with a Chef (Justin Khanna) Part 1
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February 19, 2021 08:05 AM PST
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio!

In today’s episode we present part one of our interview with chef and media producer Justin Khanna. Justin is not only a talented chef but is also an entrepreneur, traveler, and teacher with a passion for creating media for projects like his podcast, The Emulsion, his weekly newsletter, and videos for his YouTube channel! Justin was kind enough to chat with us about the culinary world as well as the media world! In this episode we get an in-depth look into Justin’s culinary journey. We hope that you enjoy this episode and be sure to look out for part two, where we talk about social media, learn some podcasting tips and tricks, and get a peek into what it’s like to be a professional media producer.


Please check out Justin on social media:

Website - https://justinkhanna.com/
Instagram - @justinkhanna
Twitter - @justin_khanna
YouTube – Justin Khanna
And check out his podcast “The Emulsion” on YouTube and Apple Podcasts

Thanks for listening! For more information about our organization, please visit our website AbleArtsWork.org

Love Yourself: A Valentine's Day Special
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February 12, 2021 08:09 AM PST
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio! Today we are filled with love, and present our Valentine’s Day special! You’ll get to hear original love songs, a Valentine’s jingle for our gallery, a short history of Valentine’s day and an original poem!

(2:20) “Milkshake and Fries” - CECA’s Songwriting Class

Resident artists at the Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA), a program of Able ARTS Work, submitted an original song and video to ArtBeat Radio! The members of their songwriting class went through a list of themes, and they collectively chose to write a song about “love.”

The lyrics were chosen by going through a series of love and relationship scenarios asking questions like:

“Where would you want to go on a date?”

“What do you feel when you like someone?”

“When do you find yourself thinking about the one you love?”

“What are you doing when you are thinking about him/her?”

The lyrics were completed within a few days and participants assisted in choosing all stylistic elements of the music, including song key, tempo, chords, instrumentation, and melodies. Listeners will get a chance to hear several of the artists’ singing voices that were recorded live during classes. This project is a collaboration of two different classes (Songwriting and Music Video Production) and so it allowed many artists to be a part of it. We hope you enjoy!

Lyrics:

Here I am

Lying on a beanbag

Missin’ you

Everyday you make me smile

Strollin’ through the neighborhood

And all I can think of is you

And all I can think of is you

I walked past

Your pretty house

And wondered what

You’re doing too

I wanna go watch a movie with you

And all I can think of is you

And all I can think of is you

You make me happy

You’re so dreamy

I can guarantee

To my heart you hold the key

You give me butterflies

When you look in my eyes

We go together like milkshake and fries

We go together like milkshake and fries

You make me happy

You’re so dreamy

I can guarantee

To my heart you hold the key

You give me butterflies

When you look in my eyes

We go together like milkshake and fries

We go together like batido and frita

We go together like batido and frita

We go together like milkshake and fries

(5:18) “Long Beach Gallery Jingle” - CECA

This Valentine Jingle was written by some of the students from CECA at Able Arts Work for the 2nd and PCH Long Beach Gallery to promote the Valentine products and activity “Make One Take One.” The students chose Valentine Candy Heart sayings like “Be Mine” as well as ones they created specifically for cards in the gallery like “Let’s Dance” and “You are My Sunshine.” The students then chose rhyming words to plug into the song as well as musical elements such as guitar rather than piano, tambourine rather than clapping, high or low bass parts, as well as a handful of other creative choices.

Lyrics:

It’s time to Make one Take one Valentine

At the Long Beach Gallery

Got Candy Heart cards asking, “Please Be Mine!”

You hold my heart, and you hold the key

V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E

I’ll make one for you and you make one for me!

Writing “Let’s dance!”, “Take a Chance!”, Come on over Catch a Glance!

Grab a line, Make a sign, You are My Sunshine!

It’s time to Make one Take one Valentine

At the Long Beach Gallery

Got Candy Heart cards asking, “Please Be Mine!”

You hold my heart, and you hold the key.

You hold my heart, and you hold the key.

(6:20) “My Flower in the Garden of Life” - Brian Corder (ART Center)

Brian was inspired to write a love song for someone special in his life. This is the first song that he has ever written! He wrote multiple versions of the song, making sure that he was expressing himself in the most accurate way possible through both the lyrics and the music. He shared his ideas with his music therapist and they worked together until Brian had completed the song he had been envisioning.

Lyrics:

My flower in the garden of life

You are the girl for me

Like when the sunshine plays upon your hair

It's like a spring day. Two people going through this world together hand in hand

I sing this song to show how much I care

I sing this song to show how much I care for you

The main reasons I love you so much is the way you laugh

The way you walk

The way you look

The way you listen

The way you talk

I love everything about you

I can't believe I'm looking at such a lovely, pretty young lady

I want to know you for the rest of my life

You are the most beautiful woman in the world to me

As the song says, you can be sunshine on my shoulder

You are so beautiful to me

I'll be so lucky for you to cling to my arm

You are so beautiful to me

Let's face it, we were meant to be

(8:25) “Love Another” a poem by ART Center’s poetry class

Roses are charming

Kindness is love

Which reminds me of doves

Frienship means you love someone

Love one another with passion

Thanks for listening! For more information about our organization, please visit our website AbleArtsWork.org

What Able ARTS Work Means to Me
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February 05, 2021 08:30 AM PST
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Welcome back to ArtBeat Radio!

It’s our first episode of 2021! Today, listen in as we interview each other about what Able Arts Work means to us. We talk about our experiences with Able Arts Work, what type of art we like and what type of music we enjoy. Let us know what you think! Tune in every Friday for special episodes.

Thanks for listening! For more information about our organization, please visit our website AbleArtsWork.org

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