the song is open hands by ingrid michaelson

llamadelbrey  asked:

The signs as Ingrid Michaelson songs?

Aries- “Hell No”

Taurus- “Maybe”, “Incredible Love”, and “Mountain and the Sea”

Gemini- “Lady in Spain”, “Time Machine”, and “Men of Snow”

Cancer- “Be Ok”, “Corner of your Heart”, “Breakable”, and “Over You”

Leo- “Light Me Up”, “Sort of”, and “Celebrate”

Virgo- “Always You”, “Giving Up”, and “Oh What a Day”

Libra- “Girls Chase Boys”, “Open Hands”, “ Everyone Is Gonna Love Me Now”, and “Keep Breathing”

Scorpio- “Turn to Stone”, “Afterlife”, and “The Chain”

Sagittarius- “You and I” and “One Night Town”

Capricorn- “Winter Song” and “Parachute”

Aquarius- “The Way I Am” and “Wonderful Unknown”

Pisces- “Everybody”, “Ready to Lose”, and “Lady in Spain”

Don't Underestimate Music Therapists

“So, what is it that you do?”

As a music therapist I get this question from time to time. And it’s a fair question to ask if you’ve never been exposed to music therapy before. Answering this question, however, can be challenging. I often mention drumming and singing, songwriting and discussion, but these are the obvious parts of my work. Explaining the subtleties of what a music therapy session holds requires a deeper conversation than these causal questioners usually expect.

I found myself making a similar mistake of underestimating the work of musicians last week. I was at an Ingrid Michaelson concert and the backup keyboard player caught my eye. From what I could see, he spent the first opening songs playing a few one-handed chords and appeared very laid-back about being up on stage. “I could take his place”, I thought to myself. As the concert went on, I realized the wrongness of my assumption. The keyboardist went on to play accordion, trumpet, and percussion. Seeing this musician in his element, it was easy to forget the discipline, years of practice, and versatility required of a session musician. 

At times, I think music therapists are faced with the same shallow assumptions. At times, what we do seems like it can be done by a volunteer with a guitar and a songbook. Observers of a session don’t always hold a nuanced appreciation because music therapists are professionals. It’s our job to assess clinical needs, plan appropriate interventions, and keep things running smoothly for our clients’ benefit.

Music therapists sing, play multiple instruments, transpose on demand, play be ear, compose original music, read/notate music, and have a vast repertoire of music at their fingertips. I monitor individual responses while engaging groups of up to 40 people and tailor session discussions to the personal histories of 70+ older adults with whom I work weekly.  And what about when things go wrong? Interruptions, group dynamics, limited equipment, individuals’ needs, and customized music are things I juggle on a daily basis. Because my focus is on my clients, I can respond and change the direction of the music and topic mid-session when needed. 

Though a music therapist may specialize in one population, we are certified to work with many types of clients because these skills translate across clinical settings. We hold degrees and have at least 1200 hours of clinical training before sitting for the required board certification examination. Music is a music therapist’s tool. Because music is so multi-faceted and complex, music therapists are trained to harness these elements for the best interests of our clients. Versatile only begins to cover what I do.



welcome to rileytown ✧ a fanmix for princess, bunny farmer, pluto enthusiast riley matthews [listen on spotify]

kaleidoscope heart | sara bareilles ♩ “i have hope, inside is not a heart but a kaleidoscope” ♫

walking on sunshine | aly & a.j. ♩ “I feel the love, I feel the love that’s really real” ♫

get your shine on | jesse mccartney ♩ “did you know that everyone’s a star? ” ♫

blame it on me | parachute ♩ “you can say what you want but it’s only getting better” ♫

head full of doubt/road full of promise | the avett brothers ♩ “and there was a kid with a head full of doubt” ♫

open hands | ingrid michaelson ♩ “now i’m seeing the way that you’re leaving without me” ♫

take it all | adele ♩ “didn’t i give it all, tried my best?” ♫

blue skies | jaymay ♩ “nothing but blue skies always on my mind” ♫

who says | selena gomez ♩ “i wouldn’t wanna be anybody else” ♫

happily | one direction ♩ “so c'mon baby be with me, so happily” ♫

whatever will be | vanessa hudgens ♩ “these days it feels naive to put your faith in hope” ♫

your song | ellie goulding ♩ “how wonderful life is when you’re in the world” ♫


Following the events of season two, Richard decides to take an indefinite leave of absence from Pied Piper. Jared puts his feelings on the line. And Richard still leaves. Sadness, pining, and regret follow, as each works through their feelings, until maybe, they can see a little light at the end of the tunnel when Richard returns. 


  1. Bruised - Jack’s Mannequin: I’ve got my things I’m good to go / you met me at the terminal / just one more plane ride and it’s done 
  2. Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me - Hunter Hayes:  I wish the couple on the corner would just get a room / seems like everyone around me’s on their honeymoon / I’d love to take a pin to a heart-shaped balloon / everybody’s got somebody but me
  3. Stranded In Los Angeles - Ron Pope: And I am sorry for the things I’ve done, I don’t try to let you down / In my dreams at night I hear your voice and I’m shaken by the sound
  4. The Fool - Ryn Weaver: If I let you down like I tend to / I’m a fool for you
  5. Second Chances - Gregory Allen Isakov:  I’m running from nothing, no thoughts in my mind / oh my heart was all black / but I saw something shine / thought that part was yours, but it might just be mine / I could share it with you if you gave me the time
  6. Home - Jasmine Thompson:  Home, let me come home / home is wherever I’m with you
  7. End of Time - The Band Perry: Somewhere out there / you’re finding yourself / back home it’s the end of time
  8. Can’t Make You Love Me - Bon Iver: I can’t make you love me if you don’t / You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t
  9. World Spins Madly On - Joshua Hyslop: I thought of you / and where you’d gone / and let the world spin madly on
  10. Call It Off - Tegan and Sara: Maybe I would’ve been something you’d be good at / Maybe you would’ve been something I’d be good at / but now we’ll never know
  11. Open Hands - Ingrid Michaelson:  Now go on / and drift away / the tide can hold you out / go quiet now / go sound, go safe / open hands are hard to hold onto anyway
  12. The Call - Regina Spektor: Now we’re back to the beginning / it’s just a feeling and no one knows yet

open hands
a cristina yang playlist (feat. owen hunt)

listen to this when you don’t know how to choose between what you love and who you love, when you’re faced with impossible questions and even more impossible answers, when your heartstrings have been tugged for so long that they finally snap. listen to this when love isn’t enough. when love, like a goddamn rainstorm, brings life and death at the same time. when you can’t decide which one it brought to you.


swan song for cristina yang, 3/27/05 - 5/15/14.


ingrid michaelson - open hands (feat. trent dabbs) / a great big world - say something / chantelle truong - clarity / bon iver - blindsided / regina spektor - samson / parachute - philadelphia / trent dabbs - don’t say anything / ingrid michaelson - without you / onerepublic - au revoir / daughter - medicine / jack’s mannequin - rescued / mika - happy ending

a pre season 3 Clexa fanmix | listen

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
Strange what desire can make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody like you.
I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody.

track listing // 01 Landfill Daughter // 02 Hunger of the Pine alt-j // 03 I Found Amber Run // 04 Gun CHVRCHES // 05 Wicked Game Giant Drag // 06 This Place Was A Shelter Ólafur Arnalds // 07 BTSK MSMR // 08 Poison and Wine The Civil Wars // 09 This Tornado Loves You Neko Case // 10 Open Hands Ingrid Michaelson // 11 Drumming Song Florence & The Machine // 12 Landmines St. Vincent