Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Music Lovers are Going to Love my New Project!

A Friendly Musical Visit Every Day with Giselle Renarde

In case I haven't mentioned it lately, I'm a pretty isolated person. I'm working on being less isolated, but it's not easy--especially when you live alone and work from home. I've never been great at making friends, and it's only getting harder as the years go by.

Lots of social agencies organize friendly visits for isolated seniors, but I'm hearing that younger people are living increasingly isolated lives. There isn't really anything out there for us--at least, not that I'm aware of.  

That's why I wanted to start... something.  I didn't know what, at first.

I wanted to start a new project that involved reaching out to other humans. I wanted to do something for my own benefit as well as the benefit of others. And I knew it had to be a daily something. When I'm experiencing a bad depressive episode, I need something to look forward to every single day. 

But I also knew I shouldn't overcommit. Creating original content every day of the year for goodness knows how long could cause big-time burnout, and who would that help? 

A couple weeks ago, I was tweeting about the song that was stuck in my head when I realized how often I find myself doing just that. I love music and I have lots of associations with the songs I like, and I could pretty much talk about them endlessly.

That's when it hit me: A Friendly Musical Visit Every Day. It combines the concept of a friendly visitor with MUSIC, and it's accessible to anyone with an internet connection. 

I just launched my new site this week, and part of me worried I'd get like 3 hits and be super-bummed  (that's what usually happens when I try something new), but the response has been great and I'm only 4 days in. 

If you love music or you're socially isolated (or both) or you just like reading what I have to say about anything that pops into my head, you are definitely going to enjoy A Friendly Musical Visit Every Day.

Check out the site.  At the top of the page, you'll see a little SUBSCRIBE button. Hit that and Google will email you every day after my new post goes up. The one annoying thing is that I embed YouTube videos in all my posts and those don't seem to get emailed, so you'll still have to click through to the website in order to actually listen to the song of the day, but at least if you're subscribed you'll get that reminder every day to check it out.

I'm really excited about this new project. It has lifted my mood tremendously. If you know anyone who's feeling low these days, or who needs a little internet visit on the daily, please tell them about A Friendly Musical Visit Every Day.

I hope you'll join me as I share music and memories!


  1. Interesting and creative idea, Giselle!

    I've never even heard of the songs you're featuring. Live and learn!

  2. My tastes are eclectic. And I love talking about the associations I have with different songs. Nostalgia and music go hand in hand, for me.


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