Song Spotlight: “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'”

  Mood: Relaxed, Happy Themes: 70s Country, Happiness Tempo: Moderate Genre/Style: 1970s Country   Mornings can set the mood for an entire day. Some folks appear to have a spring in their step and a smile on their face as soon as they wake up, while for others, it can be quite challenging even to peel…

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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: “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”

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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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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: “Stand By Your Man”

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Mood: Weary, Angry (maybe) Themes: Loyalty, Forgiveness, Difficulties in Life Tempo: Moderate Genre/style: Country Ballad It’s funny how you can hear a certain song fifty times, and then hear it (or sing it) again in a different context, and it takes on a whole new meaning. “Stand By Your Man” was co-written by Tammy Wynette…

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