FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2019
Wet Present Records
Contact: Dr. John Kline
“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 genre diversity. The album adeptly interweaves ballads, fusion, jazz, rock, country, new age, world music, and singer-songwriter genres, so it hangs together as a unitary listening experience like an album should.
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.
The Doctor in the guiTARDIS