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"
5. It Might As Well Be Spring - Ella Fitzgerald
Lyric: "You'll never know just how much I miss you You'll never know just how much I care And if I tried, I still couldn't hide my love for you You ought to know, for haven't I told you so A million or more times?"
6. It's A Beautiful Day - U2
Lyric: "And I know there’s no denying It’s a beautiful day, the sun is up, the music’s playing And even if it started raining You won’t hear this boy complaining"
7. Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Lyric: "Birds flying high, you know how I feel Sun in the sky, you know how I feel Breeze driftin' on by, you know how I feel"
8. Cherry Blossom Girl - Air
Lyric: "Cherry blossom girl I'll always be there for you That means no time to waste Whenever there's a chance Cherry blossom girl"
9. Singing in the Rain - Gene Kelly
Lyric: "I'm singing in the rain, just singin' in the rain What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again I'm laughing at clouds so dark up above The sun's in my heart and I'm ready for love"
10. April Come She Will - Simon & Garfunkel
Lyric: "April come she will When streams are ripe and swelled with rain May she will stay Resting in my arms again June she'll change her tune In restless walks she'll prowl the night"
11. Younger than Springtime - Frank Sinatra
Lyric: "And when your youth and joy invade my arms And fill my heart, as now they do Then younger than springtime am I Gayer than laughter am I Angel and lover, heaven and earth Am I with you"
12. Springtime in Vienna - Tragically Hip
Lyric: "Instructions from the manual
Could not have been much more plain
The blues are still required
The blues are still required again"
13. Spring Fever - Elvis Presley
Lyric: "Spring fever, Spring is here at last Spring fever, my heart's beating fast Get up, get out spring is everywhere"