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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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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Self-disclosure: How much should I share?

Since I am returning to music therapy practice after two months of maternity leave, one clinical issue that I have thought about a lot recently is the issue of self-disclosure. I have had some major events happen in my personal life, and it is sometimes tricky to figure out how much of my personal life to…

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Song Spotlight: “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy”

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy - Song Spotlight |

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in the United States, and in discussing the particular place that music therapy has in hospice and palliative care, I have been looking at special songs that have led to significant moments in care at the end of life. Previous posts were dedicated to the spiritual song…

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