Listen Up! Music

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

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Happy Autism Awareness Month! Our old friend Dan Woodman wrote this perfect song to mark the occasion. Take a listen and...
04/15/2021
"Steam Trains Never Lie", by me

Happy Autism Awareness Month! Our old friend Dan Woodman wrote this perfect song to mark the occasion. Take a listen and follow him on youtube to hear more of his wonderful songs.

An original tune I recently completed for Autism Awareness Month.

The story of "Lady Green Eyes" is one of collaboration and mystery. The lone creation of underground folk-duo "Woodman P...
04/14/2021
Lady Green Eyes

The story of "Lady Green Eyes" is one of collaboration and mystery. The lone creation of underground folk-duo "Woodman Parks," the song was written by Josh and sung by Dan. After the initial recording, the track went unfinished for nearly two years until the summer of 2020, when Josh worked with staff to finish the mix. The song is a genuine duo, featuring only Josh on guitar and Dan on vocals and harmonica.

The story of "Lady Green Eyes" is a one of collaboration and mystery. The lone creation of underground folk-duo "Woodman Parks," the song was written by Josh and sung by Dan. After the initial recordi

Listen Up musicians like Scot continue to make inspiring music, without even being in the studio! This track was created...
04/09/2021
Voices In My Head

Listen Up musicians like Scot continue to make inspiring music, without even being in the studio! This track was created over Zoom with Scot rapping his lyrics over music created by our staff Jon and background vocals added by Tom. The three of them have never met in person but still managed to create an incredibly sophisticated song with energy and vibe. Always so impressive.

DJ Scotty P joined Listen Up after programming had been moved to the virtual world during the pandemic, but that didn't stop him from making his first single! Recording and mixing the track entirely o

Paulina's wonderfully-titled and beautiful-sounding album "Polish Viking Princess Ambient Viking and Bellydance Inspired...
03/24/2021
Polish Viking Princess Ambient Viking and Bellydance Inspired Pieces and More, by Paulina

Paulina's wonderfully-titled and beautiful-sounding album "Polish Viking Princess Ambient Viking and Bellydance Inspired Pieces and More" is available digitally for the first time! Previously a CD-only release, it can now be heard on Composition Studio's bandcamp page. Inspired by mythology, history, and Paulina's heritage, this is such a creative achievement and a perfect listen for a contemplative afternoon.

14 track album

Love feeling this seasonal change on a Friday afternoon! Here’s a total blast of a new song from Paul and friends for yo...
03/12/2021
Seasons

Love feeling this seasonal change on a Friday afternoon! Here’s a total blast of a new song from Paul and friends for your soundtrack. He had lots of help from David, Colin, and Kyle on this one. “I loved coming up with the name , the title of the song Seasons, because it felt good. This song is meant to help you think about nature, because I really love to hear the noises around nature, like birds making noises and chirping…just that!”🌱🌼🌸🦜🦋🐥🦆🐤🐦🌿

This track was created on a cold winter day in January of 2017 at Listen Up’s Blue Room studio, except for a B3 organ that was added by Colin in February of 2021. It was mostly recorded live in one ta

Justin says: “I wrote this song because love hurts, in all places. It takes time to heal, and writing these lyrics helpe...
03/09/2021
So What's Love ?

Justin says: “I wrote this song because love hurts, in all places. It takes time to heal, and writing these lyrics helped me to grapple with the epic gains and losses of love itself, whatever it may be.” Brave and beautiful song that he made with our old friend Kyle and that got a sweet new mix from Colin this month. Ellen is rocking the drums on this one.

This track was created in Listen Up’s Blue Room studio in the summer of 2017, and features original lyrics by Justin, as well as original music and arrangement by Kyle. Justin says: “I wrote this son

Today is a Bandcamp Friday where the music site shares all of the sales money collected directly with the artists, so it...
03/05/2021
Fun is The Word, by Sophie Rioux

Today is a Bandcamp Friday where the music site shares all of the sales money collected directly with the artists, so it's a great day to download Sophie's amazing album "Sophie's Happy Adventure"! Check out this incredibly FUN song for a Friday afternoon, which includes guest backing vocalists Monique Barrett Music and Colin Malakie, and was arranged with help from David Vail Music.

from the album Sophie's Happy Adventure

One of the greats of the game........ A brash quarterback wearing #12.......... Famous for leading his team to underdog ...
03/02/2021
Grid Iron Jets

One of the greats of the game........ A brash quarterback wearing #12.......... Famous for leading his team to underdog victories, including the Super Bowl....... That's right - Joe Namath gets his very own tribute song from John. He collaborated with our staff Chuck on this wonderful ditty back in 2016 and he and Colin dusted it off and gave it a remix recently. This is a fun one for everyone, not just football fans!

This track is a release from Listen Up Studio’s vintage locker from 2016, and it’s production is a combination of “then” and “now”, with additional instrument tracks and a remix added by Colin in 2020

It's pretty windy out there in Maine today. Maybe you could use some heat.........some Hollywood Heat! Andrew has got yo...
02/25/2021
Hollywood Heat

It's pretty windy out there in Maine today. Maybe you could use some heat.........some Hollywood Heat! Andrew has got you covered, back with another hit song he made at Listen Up, longing for summer and the warmth of the Hollywood Hills. Is the cold driving you crazy? Then check this song out!

The long anticipated release of Andrew’s “Hollywood Heat” has finally arrived, and proves to have been well worth the wait! With an all new remix, and two added synth tracks by Colin, We think that yo

Inspiring and brave song from B Money: "It was hard to write a very vulnerable song, but I’m glad that I did.It put the ...
02/23/2021
Mental Mind Set

Inspiring and brave song from B Money: "It was hard to write a very vulnerable song, but I’m glad that I did.
It put the things that I went through into perspective, and it helped me to see who I really am as a person and an artist."
Colin joins him on guitar on this folk/blues original. Great work all around.

A message from B Money: I want to thank Colin for playing the guitar, and the rest of the Listen Up crew for their support. I want to say that I’m very proud of the Mental Mind Set message, and I hop

Check out this super-fun song Fred and company created over our virtual Zoom programming! It is his debut as a songwrite...
02/19/2021
Hope I Meet The Right Person

Check out this super-fun song Fred and company created over our virtual Zoom programming! It is his debut as a songwriter and a vocalist - he wrote the lyrics and worked with Hayden and Jon to arrange, record, and mix his vocals in with the other instruments. So inspiring to see people create even when we can't be together in the same room!

Fred's very first song at Listen Up was recorded entirely over Zoom meetings, taken from lyrics that he wrote himself during the pandemic. Eric worked with Fred to come up with a chord progression for

02/10/2021
Composition Studio

Update from Comp Studio about this week’s Open Mic.....

We will be taking a break this week from our Virtual Open Mic but will be back and better than ever the following Friday, 2/19! Plenty of time to rehearse a new song or learn to ride a unicycle while playing banjo...

02/08/2021
Sophie's Happy Adventure, by Sophie Rioux

Listen Up is so excited and proud to announce the official release of "Sophie's Happy Adventure", Sophie Rioux's absolutely stunning debut album! This album is a joy to listen to from start to finish. It includes all of Sophie's wise, fun, insightful, and poetic lyrics and lead vocals, along with fantastic musical performances by so many Listen Up musicians, including, David, Ellen, Kyle, Colin, Tyler, and more! Colin Malakie worked diligently to produce, mix, and master the songs during this pandemic and we are so excited to finally be able to share it! Take a listen and tell us what you think.

11 track album

Creative Trails is working on this amazing collaborative art project from things created during the pandemic. Check out ...
02/05/2021

Creative Trails is working on this amazing collaborative art project from things created during the pandemic. Check out these beautiful flyers to find out more and to learn how to submit your art/lyrics to this creation, which will hang in the Fusion Gallery on Forest Avenue in Portland.

Composition Studio
02/04/2021

Composition Studio

Open Mic #2 was another success! Thanks again to BMoney for doing an amazing job hosting last week. Coming up this Friday 2/5 at 2pm we've got the multi-talented DJ Smashing Kay co-hosting Open Mic #3!

Wow, David Vail and crew did a fantastic job with this version of one of his favorite Whitesnake songs. David is on drum...
02/02/2021
Don't Turn Away

Wow, David Vail and crew did a fantastic job with this version of one of his favorite Whitesnake songs. David is on drums, synths, and vocals on this one, and he did much of the recording independently in his home studio during the pandemic. It sounds great! Take a listen and also check out the Soundcloud page for the story of how the song was completed.

David Vail's newest single is a cover of Whitesnake's 1987 tune "Don't Turn Away." Recording for this song began back in 2019 when David teamed up with Zohar to lay down the initial tracks. When the p

Composition Studio
01/26/2021

Composition Studio

Thank you everyone who joined us for our first Virtual Open Mic event this past Friday. We had lots of really amazing performances and some great, positive discussion. Looking forward to the next one!

Check out this new song by world's biggest John Stamos-fan Paul S. and his pal at Listen Up, rapper JF Snake! Paul's won...
01/19/2021
The Lightning Song

Check out this new song by world's biggest John Stamos-fan Paul S. and his pal at Listen Up, rapper JF Snake! Paul's wonderful observations and vocalizations shine through, along with great rapping chemistry that he shares with JF Snake on "The Lightning Song".

Paul S. is a singer and musician at Listen Up Music. He likes music that makes him feel calm, peaceful, and attached to his heart. According to Paul, "I like to be one of the Bad Boys like John Stamos

Check out this AMAZING cover song by the Masterstroke Queen Experience, which features guest musicians from our very own...
01/15/2021
The Masterstroke Queen Experience, The Compostion Studio and Special Guests Bohemian Rhapsody

Check out this AMAZING cover song by the Masterstroke Queen Experience, which features guest musicians from our very own Composition Studio! If you were lucky enough to see Tyler W. perform "Bohemian Rhapsody" with the Listen Up Band at Variety Show at Space Gallery a few years ago you know he will absolutely nail the vocal parts, and he and the crew do. Have fun, it's a wild ride!

The Masterstroke Queen Experience teamed up with members from the Composition Studio, Special Guest Musicians, Captain Ivy (of WBLM) and his Lovely Family, A...

The first track on "Sophie's Happy Adventure", the wonderful album Listen Up is celebrating the release of tonight. Give...
01/08/2021
Changes

The first track on "Sophie's Happy Adventure", the wonderful album Listen Up is celebrating the release of tonight. Give it a sneak peak now and then see you on Zoom at 6:30pm!

Sophie's been hard at work on a full-length album that will be released soon. This single is a teaser of the great songs to come! Here's what she has to say about it: "This song is called Changes and

This classic song will be on "Sophie's Happy Adventure", which we can't wait to share with you all tomorrow. Take a list...
01/07/2021
My Life

This classic song will be on "Sophie's Happy Adventure", which we can't wait to share with you all tomorrow. Take a listen and a deep breath and enjoy the wonder and gratitude that Sophie expresses here. Album Release is at 6:30pm tomorrow on Zoom!

Sophie's newest single is actually an old song unearthed from several years ago. She wrote the lyrics, with acoustic guitar and arrangement provided by Tyler. Colin helped Sophie finalize the mix and

Sophie made this awesome poster at The Art Department's virtual program to help get the word out about her Album Release...
01/05/2021

Sophie made this awesome poster at The Art Department's virtual program to help get the word out about her Album Release Show and Listening Party this Friday, January 8th at 6:30 on Zoom. Check it out!

This Friday, January 8th at 6:30pm Listen Up will be celebrating the release of Sophie's fantastic debut album "Sophie's...
01/04/2021
THINGS I LIKE

This Friday, January 8th at 6:30pm Listen Up will be celebrating the release of Sophie's fantastic debut album "Sophie's Happy Adventure" with an album release and listening party on Zoom! Check out a sneak peek with her song "Things I Like", and be sure to get in touch with your Creative Trails Manager if you would like to attend, it is going to be a special evening!

This song is a preview from Sophie’s debut CD album release “Sophie’s Happy Adventure” scheduled for January 8, 2021. The recording features Sophie Rioux singing her original lyrics, David Vail playin

12/23/2020
Composition Christmas Studio Album, by Composition Studio

Love holiday music but tired of hearing the same old songs? Check out this incredible album of ORIGINAL Christmas songs written and recorded by our friends at Composition Studio! Plus one cover of a classic.🎅🏽❄️🌲☃️

5 track album

Dan’s annual holiday reminder! Perfect song for the season and appreciating the simple things. Remember, if you need to ...
12/15/2020
Simple Things For Christmas

Dan’s annual holiday reminder! Perfect song for the season and appreciating the simple things. Remember, if you need to buy things this year please support local artists and businesses who are struggling due to the pandemic. Stay safe and happy holidays!

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

“I thought of the name of the song, and after that, Kyle helped me with the lyrics and the melody, and I sang it with hi...
12/11/2020
Wake Me Blues

“I thought of the name of the song, and after that, Kyle helped me with the lyrics and the melody, and I sang it with him. I believe that when you’re waking up, you should be listening to the blues. I hope that everybody likes what I’ve put in, and remember, keep on listening to the blues!” Awesome work on lyrics, vocals, and harmonica, John!

This release from John is a classic blues rock song that he co-wrote with Kyle. John sang the vocals and played the harmonica, with Kyle adding bass and guitar and helping with the arrangement. Here's

12/04/2020
I Want You Like the Wolf Wants the Moon: The Many Phases of Me, by Paulina Klimek-Cornett

Today is another Bandcamp Friday, where the artist-friendly website becomes even more artist-friendly and gives their share of revenue directly to musicians. In other words, it's a great day to support Listen Up by listening to and downloading Paulina's beautiful new album! Funds go directly to both the Listen Up program and the musicians who created it.

10 track album

11/17/2020
Scott Mohler_Eban Soule

Wow, we came across this blast from the past today! Check out this informational video about Listen Up made by two of its former Managers from the early days of the program - Scott and Eban. We miss you guys! I wanted to share because it includes some footage of the late great Dylan Cook playing acoustic guitar at Listen Up.

FALL 2015

11/13/2020
I Want You Like the Wolf Wants the Moon: The Many Phases of Me, by Paulina Klimek-Cornett

Listen Up is very excited to announce the release of singer-songwriter Paulina's beautiful solo album "I Want You Like The Wolf Wants the Moon: The Many Phases of Me" on bandcamp! She will be celebrating its release with a Zoom Listening Party and Q&A session this evening from 6:30-8pm, which will include many of the musicians who helped her achieve this incredible goal. Contact your Creative Trails Program Manager if you are interested in attending - there is still time!

10 track album

11/12/2020
Creative Trails

Creative Trails

Following the CDC recomendation, all Creative Trails in person services will be on line! We look forward to seeing you virtually tomorrow and stay safe!

Exciting news! Listen Up singer-songwriter Paulina is releasing her debut solo album with a listening party and celebrat...
11/11/2020

Exciting news! Listen Up singer-songwriter Paulina is releasing her debut solo album with a listening party and celebration on Zoom this Friday, November 13th, from 6:30-8pm. She will be playing tracks, sharing stories, and answering questions about her process, along with many of the musicians who helped her make it all happen. Contact your Creative Trails Program Manager if you are interested in attending!

11/06/2020
Earthdog, by Dan Woodman

Did you know that today is a "Bandcamp Friday"? That means that the artist-friendly music site is even more artist-friendly today and any sales go directly to the artists (in this case, split with our non-profit program and musicians). So today would be a great day to purchase a digital download or CD of this album, which we believe everyone should have a copy of - Dan Woodman's "Earthdog". Take a listen on the site and then make a donation to this hardworking musician and our program, thanks!
https://listenupmusicmaine.bandcamp.com/album/earthdog

10 track album

Faux-Phil is at it again! Check out Ellen's cover of one of her favorite Phil Collins' songs "Long Long Way To Go". She ...
10/28/2020
Long Long Way To Go

Faux-Phil is at it again! Check out Ellen's cover of one of her favorite Phil Collins' songs "Long Long Way To Go". She played every instrument and performed all the vocals at Listen Up, studio professional that she is. Watch out for her "Faux Phil Vol. 2" album!

Studio wizard Ellen did it all on this track, playing every instrument and adding all the vocals. With recording and mixing help from Colin and Jon, this song adds to Ellen's growing catalog of great

Composition Studio
10/09/2020
Composition Studio

Composition Studio

Last week the Monday crew had the pleasure of interviewing the multi-talented musician and composer Mark Tipton about film scoring, his life as a musician and of course his favorite Halloween movies.

It is with a very heavy heart that we share that former Listen Up and Composition Studio musician Dylan Cook passed away...
10/07/2020
Obituary: Dylan Ellis Cook

It is with a very heavy heart that we share that former Listen Up and Composition Studio musician Dylan Cook passed away from ongoing health issues last month. Anyone who met Dylan knows how unbelievably special a human being he was - patient, kind, smart, clever, wise, caring, and humble. He was a world class musician on the guitar and piano, and an incredible poet as well. He and his band The Furry Ambers were so important to the beginning stages of Listen Up, and his presence will be missed by everyone in this community. Dylan was always an advocate for justice and truth, and we will never forget him. Links to some of his music in the comments.
https://www.pressherald.com/2020/10/01/obituary-dylan-ellis-cook/

SOUTH PORTLAND - Dylan Ellis Cook passed away on Sept. 7, 2020 at Falmouth by the Sea. Dylan was born in Boston, ...

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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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