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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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....

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 ho

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

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

Listen Up is so excited and proud to announce the official release of "Sophie's Happy Adventure", Sophie Rioux's absolut...
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.

02/04/2021

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

01/26/2021

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!

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

Love holiday music but tired of hearing the same old songs? Check out this incredible album of ORIGINAL Christmas songs ...
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

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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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