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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Two Thomas Dorseys

I have to start this post with a confession. A while ago, I had a music therapy client request the song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” I had known the song for a while, but when I looked up the lyrics this time around, I noticed that the composer listed was Thomas Dorsey. “Huh,” I…

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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: “Beer Barrel Polka”

Beer Barrel Polka Song Spotlight |

Mood: Giddy Themes: Drinking Beer, Dancing, Having Fun Tempo: Upbeat Genre/style: Polka Quick question: Which country does the “Beer Barrel Polka” come from? Answer: Czechoslovakia. You’ll be forgiven, though, if you thought it came from somewhere else. The “Beer Barrel Polka” is the first polka song I ever learned, and it’s the most familiar polka among…

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