As I sit to write this blog post about spring songs, I hear the sound of hail hitting my window! Maybe if we listen to spring-inspired music, it will help to will it into existence....? Worth a try!
Keep your eyes peeled for weekly playlist blog posts. Their purpose is to help inspire music therapists to add songs to their repertoire, and of course to inspire everyone out there to make their own purposeful playlists!
In a music therapy context, these songs can be used in such a wide variety of ways; from receptive interventions where the clients can close their eyes and listen to the music while imagining a spring day, to song-writing interventions, where they can work together to change the lyrics of a song. The use of songs depends on client's musical preferences and their goals/objectives.
Scroll to the bottom of the post for a spring time song-writing intervention for seniors!
1. Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela
2. Come Rain or Come Shine - Ray Charles
Lyric: "Days may be cloudy or sunny
We're in or we're out of the money
But I'm with you always
'm with you rain or shine"
3. Flowers in Your Hair - The Lumineers
Lyric: "When we were younger We thought everyone was on our side Then we grew a little And romanticized the time I saw Flowers in your hair"
4. Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Lyric: "Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It's all right"