Song Spotlight: “King of the Road”

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Mood: Relaxed Themes: Transportation, Country songs Tempo: Moderate Genre/Style: Country Roger Miller was said to be the Class Clown of Country Music. With his humorous novelty songs, he used his voice as an instrument, with rhythmic vocalizations and catchy melodies. His songs often speak to comedic situations and light hearted or true to life topics…

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Song Spotlight: “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”

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Mood: Supportive Themes: Love, Community Tempo: Slow Genre/Style: Soul Diana Ross is known for her solo work and her time spent with the iconic singing group, The Supremes. The featured song of our spotlight,”Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” was the first track she released at the start of her solo career. Diana Ross even…

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Song Spotlight: “Love Is”

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Mood: Supportive Themes: Love, Community Tempo: Moderate Genre/Style: Funk/Soul Bill Withers is known for his Grammy-winning hits including “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me,” and “Just the Two of Us.” However, his songs of support and connection to those around us do not stop there. “Love Is” explores a variety of things that love can…

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Song Spotlight: “Thank You For The Music”

Mood: Reflective, Happy Themes: Thankfulness, Music Tempo: Moderate Genre/Style: Pop When examining our gratitude, we often try to think of the larger things in life or the people who we are thankful for. In addition to the large things, there are so many hidden gems – the things that bring you joy in your day…

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Song Spotlight: “Proud Mary”

Mood: Optimistic  Themes: Jobs, Changes in Life, and Rock and Roll Tempo: Slow start to Up-beat Genre/Style: R&B/Soul Before her stunning comeback solo career, Tina Turner was known for the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Starting in the late 1950s, the group made step after step towards fame, recording many songs and touring widely, including…

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Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Make Social Connections

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Why music therapy?  While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients. This is true whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression,…

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Song Spotlight: “I’ve Been Everywhere”

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Mood: Cheerful  Themes: Travel Tempo: Medium Genre/Style: Country Here’s a great song to celebrate travel, at any time of year.  This song is also a great start to dreaming up all of the places you could possibly go.  In 1959, an Australian songwriter named Geoff Mack wrote this tune to highlight many Australian towns. It…

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Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Get Better Sleep

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Why music therapy?  While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients. This is true whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression,…

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Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Get Focused

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Why music therapy?  While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients. This is true whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression,…

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Song Spotlight: “All I Have To Do Is Dream”

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Mood: Contemplative, Sweet Themes: Love, Dreaming Tempo: Slow Genre/Style: Jangle Pop, 1950s Having beautiful experiences to dream about or something special to look forward to can boost our outlook on current life circumstances. Daydreaming about things we enjoy can give us a much needed rest from attending to all of the things that can be…

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