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Song Spotlight: “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da”

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Mood: Cheerful Themes: Family, Mottos Tempo: Medium Genre/Style: 1960s rock Who hasn’t heard of The Beatles? This British band got their big break on American soil in February 1964, kicking off the great cultural phenomenon known as the British Invasion, when the rock ‘n roll bands from the UK came to dominate American pop charts. …

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Song Spotlight: “On The Road Again”

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Mood: Cheerful Themes:Travel, Friendship Tempo: Medium Genre/Style: Outlaw Country “On The Road Again” just may be the perfect road trip anthem. Although we have many ways of getting from point A to point B these days, a long trip on the highways and byways still holds a certain special place in our culture. And this…

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Song Spotlight: “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)”

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Theme: Validation, Positive thinking Mood: Thoughtful, processing, slow Style: Country, Folk The John Denver classic song “Some Days Are Diamonds” is one of those songs that is both soothing and upbeat at the same time. This song can be a musical container for processing changes in your life, and in the right context, the lyrics…

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Song Spotlight: “Beyond the Sunset”

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Theme/Topic: Anticipatory Grief, Goodbye Mood/Tempo: Thoughtful, processing, slow Genre/Style: Country, Gospel You may hear “Beyond the Sunset” at funerals, perhaps when a spouse has passed away after decades of marriage. In a hospice setting, it can lead into important existential conversations, or it could simply provide a non-verbal container for two people to express their love for one…

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Song Spotlight: “Annie’s Song”

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Theme/Topic: Love, Nature Mood/Tempo: Easy listening, moderate tempo Genre/Style: Folk Rock/Country Many of our patients here in the Midwest love John Denver’s music. While most people know his popular songs “Country Roads” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” I have found “Annie’s Song” to be particularly special in eldercare because of its beautiful words…

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Song Spotlight: “A Place In The Sun”

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Theme: Sunshine, Hope Mood: Hopeful, Optimistic Style: Soul Have you talked about the weather yet today? Weather is a reliable conversation starter in just about every group of people, including groups that include older adults and caregivers. Of course, we can rejoice or commiserate over the actual outside conditions or reminisce about the worst snowstorm/tornado/flood…

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Song Spotlight: “Come Fly With Me”

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Theme: Flying, Travel, Romance Mood: Upbeat Genre: 1950s easy listening Ask anyone of a certain age about their favorite musicians, and there’s a decent chance they’ll name Frank Sinatra. Born in December 1915, the son of Italian immigrants, Frank Sinatra made his mark as a singer, actor, arranger, producer, and director. He was one of…

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Song Spotlight: “Please Don’t Eat The Daisies”

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Mood: Light and playful Themes: Flowers, What not to eat Tempo: Moderate waltz Genre/Style: 1960s easy listening Here’s a quirky popular song from Doris Day to add to your repertoire. “Please Don’t Eat The Daisies” is the title of a book, film, song, and TV series, created in that order, all about the funny moments…

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Song Spotlight: “Release Me”

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Mood: Wistful Theme: The End of a Romantic Relationship Tempo: Moderately slow Genre/Style: Country or Smooth Ballad Here is a song that proves the best songs rise above genre conventions. “Release Me” was penned by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount and James Pebworth in 1946. Since Miller could not find anyone to record the song at…

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Song Spotlight: “Yakety Sax”

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Mood: Humorous, Farcical Theme: Instrumental (no lyrics) Tempo: Upbeat Genre/Style: Pop-Jazz Instrumental Here’s a purely instrumental song that goes a long a way in creating a certain energy in a group: “Yakety Sax.” Written by James Q. “Spider” Rich and Homer “Boots” Randolph III, this song was popularized by Boots Randolph in his 1963 recording. Randolph plays the saxophone, and…

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