Song Spotlight: “June is Bustin’ Out All Over”

June is Bustin' Out All Over - Song Spotlight |

Mood: Ornery, Cheerful Themes: Early summer, young love Tempo: Upbeat Genre/Style: Showtune June is here! The kids are (mostly) out of school, the swimming pools are open, the trees are all green now, and my dear husband is not yet tired of mowing the lawn. These early signs of summer are a perfect topic for…

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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: “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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Song Spotlight: “Mairzy Doats”

Mairzy Doats - Song Spotlight |

Mood: Light Theme: Humor Tempo: Medium Style/Genre: 1940s popular With April Fool’s Day coming up, I am in the mood for silly songs, and my very favorite lighthearted song that is appropriate for older adult audiences is “Mairzy Doats.” “Mairzy Doats” was a novelty song that was popular in the early 1940s. The chorus goes…

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Finding Your Voice: Eight Ways to Start Singing (Again)

Finding Your Voice: Eight Ways to Start Singing (Again) |

Music therapists sing. We encourage everyone around us to sing, too. The thing is, though, a lot of people claim that they can’t sing. Maybe at some point in their life, someone told them they couldn’t carry a tune. Maybe they were told that they were being too loud or obnoxious. Maybe they started thinking…

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Song Spotlight: “The Glory of Love”

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week, so that means it’s time a for a spotlight on one of my favorite love songs: “The Glory of Love.” This song was written by Billy Hill in the 1930s and made famous by Benny Goodman. It has since been covered by many singers, including Dean Martin, Otis…

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