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Music for Mediators

by Amanda on May 26, 2013 Side: Crying in the Rain. B Side: I’m Not Angry

For years I have talked about the similarity of mediation with both photography and music, particularly jazz. I have been clearing out my inbox and came across an hilarious email trail between some of the UK’s top mediators. The topic – songs for mediators, parties and mediation! I thought I would share …

Thank to David Cornes, Mark Jackson-Stops, Bill Wood, John Sturrock for their contributions. I have added some more to their original choices.

Conway Twitty recorded a number of songs which seem perfect for mediation:

  • Don’t Take It Away
  • It’s Only Make Believe
  • Darling You Know I Wouldn’t Lie
  • Fifteen Years Ago
  • How Much More Can She Stand?
  • You’ve Never Been This Far Before
  • I See The Want To In Your Eyes
  • I Can’t Believe She Gives It All To Me
  • Ain’t She Somethin’ Else
  • Don’t Call Him a Cowboy
  • That’s My Job
  • Goodbye Time
  • After All the Good Is Gone
  • Lead Me On
  • Oh What A Dream
  • Somebody Lied
and then the Everly Brothers have a great selection…
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream
  • Let It Be Me
  • Like Strangers
  • Problems
  • Devoted To You
  • Take A Message To Mary
  • Walk Right Back
  • Don’t Blame Me
  • Don’t Ask Me To Be Friends
  • When Will I Be Loved?
  • I Wonder If I Care
  • I’m Not Angry
  • Somebody Help Me
  • It’s All Over
  • Cathy’s Clown
  • Crying In The Rain
  • I’m On My Way Home Again

And Daron Norwood has the album and the song: Ready, Willing and Able is the album and Bad Dog, No Biscuit the song.

Pre-mediation: I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.

In the middle of a mediation: River Deep, Mountain High.

Post mediation … tell me, what is your choice?

Allthough i am not an expirience mediator yet. I asume that mediation music has to do according with the type of negotiations the parties use.  E.g .  If parties use a soft core negotiation and  it's an easy come easy go mediation you want to listen Bohemian Rhapsody ( queen),  Mephisto waltz ( F list )  etc.  If now the parties use a hard bargoning negotiation and the mediation is a nightmare you need  ... powerslave ( iron maiden ), The great southern trendkill ( pantera ).

Mediation Practice
Mediation Practice

I like the "I can't get no satisfaction" as your choice for pre-mediation.

Amanda Bucklow
Amanda Bucklow moderator

Jason, what a hoot! Great choice and very revealing… When I did my research, one of the data sets I didn’t publish was that many mediators are closet rock stars! Well at least from a musical point of view! You cannot imagine how many of the top UK mediators have been rockers or rock chics. I have a priceless photo of one ‘superstar’ in his band and no one would ever guess who it was. I am going to ask him if I can put the photo up – it is so cool, ice baby cool!

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