Rock Therapy: Ball & Chain Blues

Rock Therapy: Ball & Chain Blues

The following are gritty, raw and powerful blues. No gentle rolling here. No deep meaningful lyrics this time that I'll pull out and expound on their therapeutic message as I do in the rest of my Rock Therapy blog. Just raw bluesy goodness. Sometimes we just need to hear music that speaks to the most raw, primal hard-rocking parts of ourselves. And that in and of itself is all the Rock Therapy that we need. 

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Rock Therapy: The "Outcasts & Outlaws" Playlist

Rock Therapy: The "Outcasts & Outlaws" Playlist

I, with my Facebook friends, created this Outcasts & Outlaws playlist for those who, for good or ill, don't quite fit in to the societal norm. Claire Hollenbaugh totally got the heart of this playlist, "I love this project. What a great idea to build self esteem and to show that even if your little circle thinks one way, that there are many out there that have other experiences and outlooks. It's the musical equivalent of taking a world tour to immerse yourself in different cultures and perspectives."

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Rock Therapy: "I Like the Things About Me" by Mavis Staples

Rock Therapy: "I Like the Things About Me" by Mavis Staples

Sing it Mavis! What?! You don't know who Mavis Staples is?! For shame! Well this is a great new rocking song to get you introduced to this famous long-time R&B and gospel singer and civil rights activist. Mmm! Love me some Mavis!

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Rock Therapy: "Just Wait" by Blues Traveler

Rock Therapy: "Just Wait" by Blues Traveler

A shout out to any who are having a "Crap Day" or a "Crap Month" or a "Crap Life." Here's a little Rock Therapy for ya featuring "Just Wait" by Blues Traveler. To my dear client who asked today for reassurance: Thank you for asking. Rather than reach out and ask for help, too often people just put on a stupid "brave face" and suffer (needlessly!) in silence. Truth is we all need reassurance, especially in the dark times. That's one thing I can give freely, gladly and well. After much excruciatingly hard and painful work on this client's part, this person has chosen life and to face all that which is so hard to face. To this person: My respect. Reassurance? Well, here ya go, my friend:

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Rock Therapy: "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes

Rock Therapy: "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes

Okay. Can I just say, "WOW!"? I mean, really, WOW!!!! Do you feel the chills, too? What a voice! I mean her soul is actually dripping out of her voice, through my speakers, pooling around ears and into my own soul and smacking me upside the head saying, "You hear me, boy?! Hold on now brother... You can make it just one more day!" Yow! Now that girl can sing!

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