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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Songwriting Experience for June

Earlier this week, I posted a song spotlight on the song “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and with that, I left you a little teaser about its potential for songwriting. As promised, here is a songwriting experience based on this song. With the elders I serve, songwriting seems to work best with a familiar…

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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: “Home on the Range”

Home on the Range - Song Spotlight |

Today is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the state of Kansas, and having been born and raised in several towns and cities in this state, I am pretty excited to be celebrating the sesquicentennial! In honor of this momentous occasion, I wanted to spotlight a favorite song of many folks, Kansans and non-Kansans…

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Song spotlight: “Button Up Your Overcoat”

Button up your overcoat - Song Spotlight |

The temperatures are below freezing here in the Kansas City area, and there is snow and ice on the ground. Thus, our theme song for the week: “Button Up Your Overcoat.” The song starts out with these lyrics: Button up your overcoat when the wind is free Take good care of yourself – you belong…

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Copyright Issues for Music Therapists, Part Two: Work for Hire?

Copyright Issues for Music Therapists, Part Two: Work for Hire? |

Music therapists encounter copyright issues all the time in their professional work, sometimes by creating new works and sometimes by performing or otherwise disseminating other people’s creative work. In part one of this series, we looked at the basic purpose of and qualifications for copyright protection. In this post, I will discuss potential implications of…

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