Song Spotlight: “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Song Spotlight |

Mood: Silly Themes: Swimming, Summer, Trips to the Beach, Wardrobe Selection Tempo: Walking speed Genre/style: 1960s Novelty song Ahhh, summertime. For many people, the hot days of July go hand in hand with trips to the beach (or, here in Kansas City, the swimming pool). This is certainly true for many of my younger music therapy clients. Perhaps…

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Song Spotlight: “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine”

That Silver Haired Daddy o Mine - Song Spotlight |

Mood: Wistful, Thoughtful Themes: Parenting, Mistakes, Forgiveness/Atonement Tempo: Moderate Genre/style: Country With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, I wanted to share my favorite song for this holiday. “That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine” was a song I learned in my first year as a music therapist on the special request of a client in hospice care. It…

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Song Spotlight: “Que Sera Sera”

Que Sera Sera - Song Spotlight |

Mood: Carefree Themes: Parenting, Advice, Anticipating the Future Tempo: Easy waltz Genre/style: 1950s popular Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, so I wanted to share with you one of my favorite songs for encouraging discussion about mothers and motherly advice: “Que Sera, Sera.” Made famous by the inimitable Doris Day (see her version on YouTube…

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Song Spotlight: “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”

Tiptoe Through the Tulips - Song Spotlight |

Mood: Light (Humorous? Creepy?) Themes: Romance, Flowers (Parody? Evil?) Tempo: Walking speed (Tiptoe speed?) Genre/Style: Vaudeville, 1920s A couple of days ago, I posted a song spotlight on the song “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose.” I promised another spotlight on a flower-themed song, and here it is: “Tiptoe Through The Tulips.” I…

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Song Spotlight: “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose”

When you wore a tulip - Song Spotlight |

Mood: Light Themes: Romance, Flowers Tempo: Medium Genre/Style: Vaudeville, 1920s Spring has arrived here in the Midwest, and I have enjoyed spotting tulips blooming around the city. In introducing spring-themed songs in one of my groups last week, one of the nursing staff said she had never heard the song

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