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Two Songs for the Holidays: One May Hurt, One May Help

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The holidays can be an especially difficult time for those of us who can’t be HOME for Christmas. Sure, home means different things to different people, whether you’re a soldier deployed in Afghanistan, a young worker who can’t afford a plane ticket to mom and dad’s house, or an older woman in assisted living whose…

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Song Spotlight: “If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time”

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Mood: Humorous, Spunky Theme: Dating, Enjoying Each Other’s Company, Questionable Motives Tempo: Upbeat Genre/Style: Country Several months ago, when I was visiting my grandfather in the hospital in western Oklahoma, I made a delightful discovery. In this particular moment, Grandpa was in and out of sleep, but Grandma was there, too, along with my mom…

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Song Spotlight: “America the Beautiful”

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“America the Beautiful” was first published in 1910 and has remained for more than a century one of our nation’s most beloved patriotic songs. It also has what I think is a beautifully American story. This song has two stories of inspiration and creation: one for the lyrics and one for the music. Although several existing…

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Song Spotlight: “April Showers”

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Mood: Hopeful Themes: Rain, flowers, happiness Tempo: Moderately slow Genre/Style: 1920s popular song As I write this, it’s yet another rainy day at the end of April. After last summer’s drought, I am glad for the rain, but I am also very ready for springtime to be here in full force. So, the song “April Showers” has been…

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Song Spotlight: “The Hallelujah Chorus”

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Perhaps one of the most familiar pieces of classical choral music is the “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah. We often hear this chorus performed around Easter and Christmas (and sometimes at comical lightbulb moments in movies and sitcoms). The first time I performed the “Hallelujah Chorus” was as a high school freshman playing oboe in the…

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Song Spotlight: “Suzy Snowflake”

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Mood: Light Themes: Winter, snow, play Tempo: Cheerful Genre/Style: Novelty song I love cute winter songs. I know that many people put these away for the year along with the Christmas tree, but I still enjoy the ambience that songs like “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Winter Wonderland” bring to the season. (Plus, let’s face it – we’ve probably…

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Song Spotlight: “Blue Christmas”

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Sometimes the holidays are hard. As much as we’d all love to live up to the pictures and stories we see on the holiday cards, jewelry store ads, and made-for-TV movies, that just really doesn’t happen to most of us, and definitely not every year. Sometimes all the lights and decorations and red and green…

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Songs for Family Caregivers: “Help!”

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This post is the third in a series for National Family Caregivers Month, with three songs that give us a glimpse into what the caregiving experience may be like for the people you know. The first two posts dealt with the wealth of memories that caregivers hold (“They Can’t Take That Away From Me”) and…

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Song Spotlight: “I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For”

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Thanksgiving can be a bittersweet day for caregivers. On the one hand, the things you’ve lost can seem so much more GONE during the holidays, whether it is the first holiday season since a loved one’s death, the realization that Grandma just can’t make the sweet potato pie herself anymore, or a year when all…

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