COVID-19 is on the rise, and we need all the help we can get to make sure that coronavirus doesn’t spread.  The CDC recommends at least 20 seconds of vigorous handwashing with soap and warm water to prevent the spread of germs.  Why not make it fun? Here are 10 choruses from 1940-1970 to help…

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Hello, With the recent news about COVID-19 diagnoses in Johnson County and St. Louis, I am writing to reassure you that the Soundscaping Source team is following these developments closely. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the older adults we serve, and we are putting extra attention into the infection control…

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Rainbow piercing through a cloud with a dark background. Words read "1940s popular song"

Mood: wistful, dreamy Themes: Rain, Rainbows Tempo: slow Genre/Style: 1940 popular standard The days are getting longer again and with the peak winter month past, we eagerly await the spring rains and the rainbows gracefully accompany them. In this spotlight we explore “Over the Rainbow,” one of Judy Garland’s top songs. Try out some of…

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Three football players in uniforms and helmets, with a referee in the background.

It’s true – there aren’t many singable songs about football. Nothing as great as “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,”  for sure. The song “You Gotta Be A Football Hero” is one option, but having been written in 1933, the lyrics are a bit outdated for many of us living in the 21st century. Jock…

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Blue fireworks on a night sky. Label reads Holiday/Show Tune

  Mood: Hopeful  Themes: New Year, Celebration Tempo: Relaxed, Slow Genre/Style: Holiday/Show Tune Another year has zipped by and it is time to usher in the New Year. The time of resolutions and reflection has arrived, and whether you are a fan of setting a goal for the new year, this song beautifully states an…

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Mood: Hopeful  Themes: Snow, Holidays Tempo: Relaxed, Slow Genre/Style: Holiday Popular Tune Written by Irving Berlin, the song “White Christmas” was first recorded in 1942. The song includes a wistful reminiscence about a traditional, snowy, holiday setting. Most famously, Bing Crosby sang this song in the film, “White Christmas,” which premiered in 1954. In the…

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Mood: Light Themes: Enjoying the Little things, Hawaii Tempo: Moderate Genre/Style: 60s popular standard In this spotlight we explore “Tiny Bubbles,” as performed by Don Ho, a sweet tune that arrived on the music scene in the 60s that has since become a beloved standard. Try out some of the ideas for ways to use and share…

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Mood: Hopeful, Reluctant Themes: Days of the Week, Rhythm & Blues Tempo: Walking speed, relaxed Genre/Style: Rhythm & Blues Sometimes just making it through the week is a big achievement. The week’s end may bring with it a chance to get some well deserved rest. In this spotlight we explore “Blue Monday,” as performed by…

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Song Spotlight: Wind Beneath My Wings

Mood: Sincere Themes: Support, Gratitude  Tempo: Slow, relaxed Genre/Style: Pop During a season of change, Bette Midler’s iconic song, “Wind Beneath My Wings” can be a strong musical container for processing the changes in life, while leading to a discussion of ways you can receive and offer support. Originally written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar…

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Song spotlight for The Lion Sleeps Tonight

  Mood: Calm, relaxed Themes: Animals Tempo: Slow, relaxed Genre/Style: Doo-Wop, 1960s Popular song What do you think of the nighttime sounds where you live? Especially in warmer weather, we can hear sounds of all sorts of wild night time critters, while some are fast asleep. In this song spotlight, we will explore the music…

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