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Val Haller in her Chicago 'house concert' room
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How many of us have reinvented ourselves over the years, particularly as we find ourselves with an empty nest or knocking on the door of retirement? Last month I met Val Haller, a fellow Fierce 50+ woman who’s not only as crazy about music as I am, but she turned it into the focus of her reinvention. What started as an idea to create a curated playlist on a streaming music app–ValsList–so busy adults can enjoy more than the music they grew up with, Val Haller has become an influencer and a powerful brand in the music industry.

Many adults don’t like rap or don’t want to listen to the current music stations in hopes of sifting through music they don’t like in hopes of finding something they do like. What’s more, the sheer number of music discovery platforms have left many Boomers a bit bewildered, and so they’re stuck in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

In addition to her popular Val’s list, Val was featured on Oprah; she wrote a weekly music column for the “Boomer” section of the New York Times, and she began hosting “house concerts” in her Chicago home, featuring cool bands. Val’s concerts have become so popular, she’s taking them on the road to country clubs and other organizations. What started as a love for music has allowed her to think about expanding on a national level.

This is the first of many music lists Val will be curating just for 1010ParkPlace! We’re excited to have her join us, and if you like her suggestions, you can either download them to your playlist/start a playlist of your own, or checkout her website and her app! Enjoy!


  • Judy April 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I LOVE this! Thank you! and Thank you to Val. What a brilliant idea. I’m definitely a music lover, but often get stuck with the same ol’ same ol’ unless one of my kids recommends something that she thinks I’ll enjoy.

    Thank you again!

    • 1010ParkPlace April 13, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Hi Judy! I think Val’s a genius to come up with this because we’re all tired of listening to the same music since we were in high school. xoxo, Brenda

  • Judy Freedman April 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    What a great idea. I belong to Apple Music. Can I download these playlists?

    • 1010ParkPlace April 13, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Hi Judy! Yes you can! Download away! You can also get Val’s ValsList streaming Ap on iTunes. I think she’s brilliant and hope she makes a bloomin’ fortune with this idea. Thanks, Brenda

  • Brandon Smith April 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Hi Judy –
    If you want to download the playlist, simply click on Brenda Coffee’s name in the playlist widget above and that will launch iTunes with the full playlist. Then you can copy it to your library and listen away!

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