This website is devoted to the playscape project, but I have opted to link my musical interests as well.

I have re-released a recording of Children’s Music made in 1977- my thanks to Helen Murphy for the beautiful artwork and to Angelo Quaglia at Northfire Recording in Amherst who did a fine job re-mixing the old cassette copy into CD format 

check it out here.


Released in May 2022- Remember 

George Menousek- piano

Tom Murphy- bass, vocals

listen at:


Released  on Bandcamp in March 2020;

“The Rain Came” with Ted Ellenhorn on guitar and Ed Brainerd on trumpet

You can listen at any time at:



Music has been a silent part of the playscape project right from the start. The early funding used for the materials and toys we purchased in 2011 and 2012 were all from funds donated from my music earnings during that time- which is not not to say I earn all that much as a musician, but the money donated always seems like it counts for more when it’s given to a good cause. Music has been part of my life as long as working with young kids and trying to design and build things… it all came out of the same time in my life, and it’s all still connected…

The music I play is a mix of songs and genres that have drawn me in since I started to play guitar at age 15. I have been lucky to get a chance to play and collaborate with many fine musicians. I’ve recorded two CD’s as “Sad Song Radio”- a trio (with Ted Ellenhorn on guitar and Ed Brainerd on trumpet). Sad Song Radio was released in 2009, and Sad Song Radio 2 in 2010. I recorded a CD of duos in 2012 with George Menousek, a wonderful local jazz pianist. Almost Alone is a solo effort,  with just one guitar and vocals, and was completed in July 2014.

Here’s a link to our first UTube video, completed for the NPR “Tiny Desk Concert ” contest in January 2015. Helen made the video- thanks, my dear!!


Almost Alone 2014- Tom Murphy



Sad Song Radio 2- Tom Murphy and Ted Ellenhorn


Sad Song Radio- Tom Murphy and Ted Ellenhorn


You can hear Sad Song Radio online at;

You can hear George on piano with me on acoustic bass online at;

Almost Alone is now available to download or on CD.  All money raised from the sale of the CD will be donated to the playscape project. Find it online at;

There is more information on Sad Song Radio through the link below, to a cover story in Prime Magazine;

Special thanks to Mike Parham and Helen Murphy for helping set up the music site on band camp

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