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Listen Up! Music Listen Up! Music is a non-profit day program of Creative Trails that supports adult musicians with i Music is a program of Creative Trails, a Portland-based non-profit.

We operate out of a studio space on Warren Avenue called Listen Up! Studios and support musicians in all aspects of the therapeutic music-making process - from writing, arranging, and recording songs to editing, remixing, and marketing work to the musical community. The program gives emphasis to the importance of deeply listening to music, to each other, and to the surrounding world. Through instr

We operate out of a studio space on Warren Avenue called Listen Up! Studios and support musicians in all aspects of the therapeutic music-making process - from writing, arranging, and recording songs to editing, remixing, and marketing work to the musical community. The program gives emphasis to the importance of deeply listening to music, to each other, and to the surrounding world. Through instr

Operating as usual

Happy Memorial Day from Kathleen Shevenell and Listen Up! Take a listen to her classic song "Favorite Holiday in May" fr...
05/30/2022
Favorite Holiday in May, by Kathleen Shevenell

Happy Memorial Day from Kathleen Shevenell and Listen Up! Take a listen to her classic song "Favorite Holiday in May" from her recent full-length while you are hanging out with loved ones today. "Here's to peace and freedom on Memorial Day."

from the album Kathleen Shevenell

Abby's first single at Listen Up is a cover of the classic "Amazing Grace", featuring visual art she created herself! He...
04/21/2022
Amazing Grace

Abby's first single at Listen Up is a cover of the classic "Amazing Grace", featuring visual art she created herself! Here's what she would like to share about this song: "Thank you to Jon and Zohar for taking the time to help me out with my first Soundcloud release. I want to give respect to John Newton's memory, who wrote this song."

Coming to you from the hallowed Blue Room at Listen Up! in Portland, it's a cover of Amazing Grace! Abby sang vocals, with Jon playing the piano and Zohar adding bass and slide guitar. Here's what Abb

Friends and Followers of Listen Up! Music, Composition Studio, and other community support programs take note! Please pl...
04/01/2022
Take Action: Important Budget Vote in the AFA Committee

Friends and Followers of Listen Up! Music, Composition Studio, and other community support programs take note! Please please please take a few minutes today to take action to support a Cost Of Living Adjustment for the incredible staff in this field who have been excluded from the original budget. Follow the link and make your voice heard.

THE ASKThe Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee is preparing to vote on the Governor's Supplemental Budget and will consider amendments brought forward by other committees of the legislature.  This includes the...

Listen Up was so busy celebrating the release of Kathleen's solo album that we missed St. Patrick's Day this year. Not t...
03/31/2022
Ireland, by Kathleen Shevenell

Listen Up was so busy celebrating the release of Kathleen's solo album that we missed St. Patrick's Day this year. Not to worry, Kathleen has a remarkable song called "Ireland" that will get you back in the spirit! Take a listen, and a download if you like it.

from the album Kathleen Shevenell

We are so excited to release Tom's first single from Listen Up: "Dangerous Savannah"! Tom wrote and sang the lyrics, in ...
03/09/2022
Dangerous Savannah

We are so excited to release Tom's first single from Listen Up: "Dangerous Savannah"! Tom wrote and sang the lyrics, in addition to playing guitar and keyboard, and creating the original art to go along with the single. Here's what he has to say: "I chose to write this song to bring attention to the mythical Nandi bear, and to get a chance to go into character as Venom from Marvel. I hope all you punk enthusiasts out there like this song, and I hope I get cast as the next Venom."

Tom would like to thank everyone who pitched in to help with his debut single at Listen Up. Tom wrote and sang the lyrics to the song, and added keyboard and guitar. Jordan played the bass and Zohar h

Listen Up is proud to announce the release of singer/songwriter/bassist Kathleen Shevenell's self-titled debut album on ...
03/07/2022
Kathleen Shevenell, by Kathleen Shevenell

Listen Up is proud to announce the release of singer/songwriter/bassist Kathleen Shevenell's self-titled debut album on Bandcamp! She worked very hard on it for many years and is excited for the world to hear these nine songs with her trademark wonderful lyrics about holidays, traveling, and special people and places in her life. Take a listen on Bandcamp and reach out to a Creative Trails Manager if you are interested in attending the Zoom Album Release and Listening Party next Wed., March 16th from 6-7:30pm.

9 track album

Presenting to the public: "Chicken World" - a quizzical quartet's questioning of time and place. Bobby, Andrew, Malakai ...
03/02/2022
Chicken World

Presenting to the public: "Chicken World" - a quizzical quartet's questioning of time and place. Bobby, Andrew, Malakai and Zohar persevered in the face of rubber chickens to write, record, and mix it all together, with Jon mastering. As Malakai says: "This was a very cool song to make. We worked so hard on it, bok bok bok!"

Presenting to the public: Chicken World - a quizzical quartet's questioning of time and place. Malakai has this to say about Chicken World: "This song a very cool song to make. We worked so hard on

Last year Music Therapist Kate Beever celebrated ten years of Maine Music & Health with a series of interviews of local ...
01/25/2022
Power of Music: Sophie Rioux

Last year Music Therapist Kate Beever celebrated ten years of Maine Music & Health with a series of interviews of local musicians, including Listen Up and Composition Studio's own Sophie. Take a listen to the wonderful conversation about music between these two inspiring humans!

As part of our 10-year celebration, we are interviewing others about the power of music. Sophie Rioux is a musician and singer who lives with Williams Syndro...

Bridget's first single at Listen Up! She has been hard at work ever since she joined the program this past summer and ha...
01/20/2022
Crazy Girl

Bridget's first single at Listen Up! She has been hard at work ever since she joined the program this past summer and has many more songs she is creating in our studio. Here is the first chance to hear her amazing vocals, which we are sure you will hear lots more of in the coming months!

Bridget's first-ever single is a cover of Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl." Bridget began working on the song shortly after starting at Listen Up. She sang vocals for the recording, with Ellen laying dow

Tyler has been singing this song with Listen Up for the longest time, both on-stage at concerts and in the studio with v...
01/17/2022
The Longest Time

Tyler has been singing this song with Listen Up for the longest time, both on-stage at concerts and in the studio with various bands. We are excited to finally release his official cover and first solo single on Soundcloud! Check out those harmonies, Billy Joel would be proud!

Tyler's first single with Listen Up is a classic song he has covered many times, both on stage and at the studio jamming with his peers. For his rendition of the Billy Joel hit, Tyler sang lead and ba

Check out the latest composition from Sophie and Colin, created totally over Zoom! It's called "Extremely Happy" and is ...
01/07/2022
Extremely Happy

Check out the latest composition from Sophie and Colin, created totally over Zoom! It's called "Extremely Happy" and is sure to lift your spirits if you are feeling the winter blues with all the snow today. That's Sophie on the loops, synth, and vst violin; Colin on vst glockenspiel.

This latest musical offering from Sophie is an instrumental, created from music loops combined with solo keyboard tracks played by Sophie. Sophie: loops, synthesizer, vst violin Colin: vst glockenspi

01/06/2022

Due to wintry weather Listen Up, Composition Studio, and all other Creative Trails Programs will be going virtual tomorrow. See you on Zoom! Contact your Program Manager if you need the link. 🌨❄️☃️🌬⛄️❄️❄️❄️

Dan Woodman's amazing song "Jason & Leah" is included on this incredible international compilation album from Aldora Bri...
01/05/2022
Space Wolf Blues, by Various Artists

Dan Woodman's amazing song "Jason & Leah" is included on this incredible international compilation album from Aldora Britain Records - AB Records! Check out an eclectic batch of music and keep supporting independent musicians like Dan and others.

26 track album

Dan the Man himself with his words of holiday wisdom! Wishing everyone health, safety, and joy this season.
12/23/2021
Simple Things For Christmas

Dan the Man himself with his words of holiday wisdom! Wishing everyone health, safety, and joy this season.

Dan Woodman of the Furry Ambers wrote this little ditty that gets at what's important about the holiday season. As he said, "You certainly won't be hearing this coming from mall loudspeakers anytime s

"We will miss your muscles and your fuzzy beard too." Here is a tribute to Listen Up legend Dan Woodman from his old ban...
12/22/2021
We Miss You, Dan

"We will miss your muscles and your fuzzy beard too." Here is a tribute to Listen Up legend Dan Woodman from his old bandmate Paul. Dan got an incredible job making cigar box guitars last year and moved on from Listen Up but he is not forgotten by all the musicians who played music with him here over the years!

Last year, legendary Listen Up musician Dan left the program after many wonderful years. Never one to let a special moment pass quietly, his good friend and former bandmate Paul decided to write him a

12/21/2021
"Come on board the Smashing Kay Express!" Listen Up is proud to share the "Smashing Kay Theme Song" as we wish multitale...
12/09/2021
Smashing Kay Theme Song

"Come on board the Smashing Kay Express!" Listen Up is proud to share the "Smashing Kay Theme Song" as we wish multitalented musician Kaley well on her continued musical journey with Composition Studio! This song is an absolute blast and captures the spirit of Smashing Kay and all the great music she has made. This one had help from old friends Kyle, Dan, and Theo and has custom artwork made by musician and artist Ivy!

Here's what Kaley has to say about Smashing Kay Theme Song: "I worked on this song with Kyle and Dan Woodman starting in the good ol' days of 2016. This is a fun and energetic song. It's easy to danc

Could a megalodon still exist? Scientists believe these huge sharks went extinct millions of years ago, but Malakai is n...
12/03/2021
Megalodon

Could a megalodon still exist? Scientists believe these huge sharks went extinct millions of years ago, but Malakai is not so sure. Check out his song and see what you think! He had help from Zohar, Bridget, and Kyle on this one.

"Hi, my name is Malakai Green. I made a song called Megalodon. I hope you like it because I worked so hard on the song. Thanks to Zohar I couldn't have done it without his help. Thank you. I did the s

Incredible holiday gifts available from the artists at The Art Department from their Virtual Auction! We will put the li...
12/02/2021

Incredible holiday gifts available from the artists at The Art Department from their Virtual Auction! We will put the link to the pieces in the comments for you to check them out.

We hope you all had a very peaceful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving! Kathleen released her classic original song celebrati...
11/29/2021
Thanksgiving

We hope you all had a very peaceful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving! Kathleen released her classic original song celebrating the holiday, we hope you all enjoy it. She had help from Colin, David, and Ellen and it will be on her upcoming album.

Just in time for the holiday, Kathleen is excited to release her song about Thanksgiving. She started working on the project at least three years ago, and the final version will be featured on her upc

A song celebrating Andrew's "morning coffee" - Mountain Dew! Lots of great collaborators on this one, including Ellen, M...
11/16/2021
Mountain Dew Song

A song celebrating Andrew's "morning coffee" - Mountain Dew! Lots of great collaborators on this one, including Ellen, Malakai, Tyler W., David, and Zohar. Give it a listen if you need a pick me up this morning!

"I started this in 2020 and finished it this year. I wrote this song because I am passionate about drinking Mt. Dew. I wrote the lyrics on my phone when I was bored in my house in 2020. I wanted it to

“Today I thought of a song. It lifts the spirit in you. Fly like an eagle in flight, Dropping cheese wiz on top of Dad. ...
11/09/2021
All Dad's Song Rebuild Aug 10 2021

“Today I thought of a song. It lifts the spirit in you. Fly like an eagle in flight, Dropping cheese wiz on top of Dad. Great thanks to Kyle Morgan, who helped me to organize, write and record this song, and to Colin for completing the bass, drums, mixing and final master. I’d like to dedicate this song to my father, and all the fathers of the world.”

“All Dad’s Song” original lyrics: John Hall original music and arrangement: Kyle Morgan lead vocals: John Hall guitar, electric piano, organ: Kyle Morgan bass, MIDI drums: Colin Malakie In January o

BMoney is one of Listen Up's most passionate and prolific artists and is also an incredible advocate, always using his v...
10/22/2021
Abled, Not Disabled

BMoney is one of Listen Up's most passionate and prolific artists and is also an incredible advocate, always using his voice for this community. Check out his new song "Abled Not Disabled" and let him know what you think!

Thank you, Jon, for your help with the recording and set up. B$ was on guitar and vocals. I wrote this song for everybody with a disability to let them know that they are not alone. Please listen a

10/20/2021
Music Mentor Jobs, Employment in Biddeford, ME | Indeed.com

Composition Studio in Biddeford is hiring a DSP Music Mentor! If you know a caring and passionate musician who would be a good candidate for this creative job please get in touch!

2 Music Mentor jobs available in Biddeford, ME on Indeed.com. Apply to Senior Project Manager and more!

Brand new original music alert! Connor is here with his first Soundcloud posting, a song based around an improvisation w...
10/08/2021
Michael Broke It

Brand new original music alert! Connor is here with his first Soundcloud posting, a song based around an improvisation with Jon and Connor's classic catchphrase about our staff Michael. Check out the photo with the mask that Connor made of the man, the myth, the legend - Michael himself! Michael broke it! Connor on drums, Jon on guitar.

Connor's debut single comes with a title everyone at Listen Up will recognize. A longtime catchphrase of Connor's, this song was partially improvised with Jon on guitar and Connor on the drums. Vocals

A beautiful, psychedelic account of a trip to Ft. Williams from Marc and his pals at Listen Up! It's Marc's first origin...
09/27/2021
Fort Williams

A beautiful, psychedelic account of a trip to Ft. Williams from Marc and his pals at Listen Up! It's Marc's first original song, and he had help from Abbott and Zohar to create this gem. Perfect September day to go visit the fort!

Marc's first original song at Listen Up is about one of his favorite places, Fort Williams - a spot visited many times with his peers at program. It was begun in the pre-pandemic days of 2019 and comp

New music from the wonderful John H., singing his heart out about a "Wet Drone". Check it out and let us know what you t...
08/20/2021
WET DRONE

New music from the wonderful John H., singing his heart out about a "Wet Drone". Check it out and let us know what you think. Lots of great accompaniment from Zohar and Colin on this one, with a great vocal performance and lyrics by John.

"Wet Drone" original lyrics, vocals: John Hall original music arrangement/guitar: Zohar VST bass, drums, keyboard, saxophone, glockenspiel, mixing/master: Colin Malakie This release began as a r

"I wrote this song during the pandemic when we were in quarantine. I'm trying to tell people that we're all special in o...
08/13/2021
Quarantine Love

"I wrote this song during the pandemic when we were in quarantine. I'm trying to tell people that we're all special in our own way. Just because it's a pandemic happening doesn't mean we shouldn't treat people the same way, with love instead of hate. We're all different and special, but we should all get the same respect."

Paulina's latest single comes with a message of love, written during the pandemic and recorded at various stages over the last year as her group worked through different masking and distancing restric

Come gather round the campfire and listen to Kathleen tell a story of a mystical far-off lake...... "Sebasticook Lake" i...
07/20/2021
Sebasticook Lake

Come gather round the campfire and listen to Kathleen tell a story of a mystical far-off lake...... "Sebasticook Lake" is her new single, just in time for summer trips and fun on the water. It continues her tradition of writing songs capturing the anticipation and excitement of traveling to new places and will be on her upcoming "Travel EP Volume 2". 🚣‍♀️🏊🏕🌲🌞

Kathleen's latest single continues her theme of vacation songs, with a track destined to be included on her second "Travel EP." She wrote the lyrics before the pandemic, then worked with Eric to set t

The title of Bobby's new song is very appropriate - "Don't Quit". He started this song over two years ago with his kicki...
07/12/2021
Don't Quit

The title of Bobby's new song is very appropriate - "Don't Quit". He started this song over two years ago with his kickin' drum part and Jon's guitar and then the pandemic put things on pause. Bobby kept with it and recently put the finishing touches on this inspiring tune - check it out and let us know what you think!

Bobby's third single with Listen Up is a rocker that was recorded over the span of nearly two years. The initial tracking included Bobby on drums and Jon on guitar, but when the pandemic hit in 2020 t

07/06/2021
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The day is finally here! Listen Up musicians have their first live music performance since all the way back in January of 2020. Some of our musicians will be singing songs at Horizons Adaptive Outdoor Education Center in Brunswick, ME on Friday, July 16th from 11am-12pm. This event is free and you can learn more about it and register to attend here:

Somehow we missed this great article from WBLM 102.9 about the Queen Masterstroke Experience video of "Bohemian Rhapsody...
05/11/2021
I Had A Blast Recreating the "Wayne's World" Scene For This Video

Somehow we missed this great article from WBLM 102.9 about the Queen Masterstroke Experience video of "Bohemian Rhapsody" they did with musicians from Composition Studio and the one and only Brian May of Queen! What an incredible experience for the musicians to be part of. Check out the video too, it rocks!

This is a great way to kick off 2021! Maine musician Sean Slaughter, the man behind Maine's annual Queen Night has done it once again. Sean's Masterstroke Queen Experience teamed up with members from Composition Studio to make a great ZOOM performance of Bohemian Rhapsody. You better be pretty damn....

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I'm hearing a big storm that coming our way tonight into tomorrow. Does this mean Listen Up is cancelled tomorrow? If some can let me know that would be great.
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