Please Don't Eat The Daisies - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

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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Release Me - Song Spotlight | SoundScapingSource.com

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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Yakety Sax - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

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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Brown Eyes Blue - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

I work in eldercare settings, but that doesn’t mean all of my clients love Frank Sinatra and Hank Williams. In fact recently, I’ve been learning a bunch of of songs from the 1970s, so I can have new ways to connect musically with people in their 50s and 60s, who might be caring for loved…

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If you've got the money - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

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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America the Beautiful - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

“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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April Showers Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

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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Hallelujah Chorus - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

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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Suzy Snowflake - Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

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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Blue Christmas Song Spotlight | SoundscapingSource.com

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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