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A Thousand Words - April 20, 2019


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Contact: Dr. John Kline 

(251) 631-0597


“A Thousand Words” by “The Music Therapy Experiment” is an album that paints a musical picture that is worthy of its title.    It begins its journey through the eclectic countryside in the land of Fusion via the castle of Sir Elton after a brief stop in Jazz Alley.  “A Thousand Words” sees the vexing problem of “Genre Identity Disorder” give way to an optimistic celebration of 

The Music Therapy Experiment is a musical project began by guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Dr. John Kline in an attempt to keep himself from going nucking futz.  He seems to be making progress.   

The good doctor’s history with music began during his childhood in Montana, raised among the sheep and the dental floss, and includes stints as a touring musician in a variety of bands in a variety of genres during the variety of his adolescence and early adult life.   John studied music and psychology in college, and later put music on the back burner in order to pursue graduate and post-doctoral scholarship in psychology.  After being transplanted to Mobile AL in a series of improbable and unanticipated events during a decade as an academic gypsy / faculty member, John began to construct the guiTARDIS, which is a 24 track digital audio recording studio in Mobile AL, where he practices Clinical Psychology, and plans to do so until he gets it right. The guiTARDIS is his “padded room” where nerves can de-jangle and worries can be left outside.  Improvisational music therapy soothes. It may also help combat anxiety and depression.  Improvisational music therapy also seems to result in creative output in the form of songs and free-form compositions.  Who knew?

John has dozens of scientific publications to his credit on topics ranging from neuroscience and unconscious cognition to adult personality and psychopathology.   He has also released several albums as a solo multi-instrumentalist, including “Flipside” (2002), “Instrumental Conditioning” (2006), and “Different Drummers” (2012).  The Music Therapy Experiment’s first album, “Make it Home,” was released in 2016. John is a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  He enjoys creating for its own sake, and encourages artists, scholars,                    arm-chair philosophers, poets, musicians, and accountants… hmmm…. ok…. Maybe not accountants…  anyway, he encourages people to create music, art, and literature simply because it is there to be created, and scientists to look for the truth because it is there to be discovered.   John has never been to the North Pole, but has eaten Spam compote.  It was a single occurrence.

Fellow “Doctor Who?” enthusiast and multi-instrumentalist / drummer / bassist Mark Christianson joined John in redefining the project in 2017 with the release of “Genus Equus,” and has continued the collaboration with the 2018 release of “Spontaneous Design.” Decades ago, Mark played with local punk band “Spastic Fury.”  He currently owns and operates Xush Studios in Mobile AL, and has recorded award-winning music with art/progressive/cinematic alternative band, Analog Missionary.   Mark is endorsed by Hornets Drumsticks, Axis pedals, Turk Masters Cymbals, and FBB basses.  Mark has never been a ballerina, and in all likelihood has never eaten Spam compote.   He apparently has, however, eaten Spam sushi.  In the future, Mark plans to start a band called “Laconic Umami,” which will only last 3 months before all members spontaneously combust EXCEPT the drummer.

In the tradition of Steely Dan, Mark and John continue their creativity and musical experimentation in an eclectic spirit of therapeutic composition.  “A Thousand Words,”  was released today, 4/20/2019 on CD Baby, and as such is available in CD and digital download formats.   John plays guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica, banjo, djembe, recorder, and sings.  He engineers and produces the project in "The guiTARDIS.” Mark plays drums, bass, djembe, and guitar.   They are dedicated to musical exploration and experimentation as a means of enhancing the mental and physical health of musicians and audiences.  John and Mark are the music therapy experiment, and invite you to join them.    


If you are, a like-minded musician or fan, they would love to hear from you.   

John wrote this bio, and had some difficulty consistently referring to himself in the third person.


Kind Regards,


The Doctor in the guiTARDIS


Downward Facing Dogs Released!! - July 27, 2014

After an unexpected delay while I moved and regenerated the guiTARDIS, the new album is finally released!!   It is available for digital download on many commercial services (Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, Emusic, etc..).   Maybe it's on your favorite service?   

Friday the 13th CD SALE!!!! - September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th Sale!!!!!!

Copies of my latest three CDs are available at a significant discount from the following link:

The last available copies of "Flipside" are at CD Baby.  Email me at if you are interested in a copy of "Instrumental Conditioning" for $5.00 plus shipping.   

Regeneration of the guiTARDIS - May 27, 2013

My clinical psychology practice has been taking up the bulk of my time and energy, so I haven't had as much time for creating new music.  Thankfully music is becoming an integral part of my practice on so many levels.  

OK, so I am a bit of a Doctor Who fan.  Looks like I am in good company.  "guiTARDIS" is an obvious pun, but it just seemed to fit.   I made some changes to the studio, and am enjoying the most stable and powerful Digital Audio Workstation that I have ever experienced.   Really nice to not have to worry about my computer crashing in the middle of a recording session.  

I'm back to doing some composing and songwriting, and have a collaboration in the works that I am really excited about.  If everything goes according to plan, we will have an EP ready to release by the end of the summer.  The label name may be getting an overhaul as well.  Stay tuned! 

6:00pm, CST, January 5, 2013: John on JiveWired Radio! - December 30, 2012

Don't forget to tune in to JiveWired Radio at 5:00pm CST  to hear "Different Drummers" in its entirety.

Different Drummers Release - November 23, 2012

"Different Drummers" is now available for digital download at CD Baby and will soon be available in physical CD format.

CD Baby Store all in One Place! - November 20, 2012

New Releases in the Works!! - November 19, 2012

"365 Days of Christmas" and "Different Drummers" are both very close to being released.

Here is an updated URL for the limited pre-release copies of the Christmas CD. Paypal and credit cards accepted. I still won't have any of these for sale locally for a week or two, because these are shipped directly from the manufacturer. They will sell locally for #10.00, and on CD Baby for #9.00 plus shipping. Both CDs should be available through CD Baby in both digital and CD formats soon. I'll keep you posted. iTunes and other digital download services won't have these for several weeks. For the time being, $6.00 plus shipping is a good deal! Discounts available for multiple copies. Email me for pricing.

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