Playlist of the Week: Sunshine Songs

​​I don't know about you, but I am loving the beautiful, sunny weather we are having here in Toronto! This time of the year, I find a lot of music therapy sessions being moved from client's basements to their backyards and facilities activity rooms to their balconies! Being outdoors adds a new element to sessions and often brings awareness to different sounds included in the overall session such as bird chirping, the wind blowing, children playing outside. If you're a music therapist looking for some repertoire inspiration this summer, here are some songs about sun/sunshine. You can find a songwriting intervention at the bottom that can be adapted for many goals and populations.

1. Sunshine on My Shoulders - John Denver

Lyric: Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry

Sunshine on the water looks so lovely

Sunshine almost always makes me high

2. You Are My Sunshine - Jimmie Davis

Lyric: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

you make me happy when skies are grey.

You'll never know dear, how much I love you.

Please, don't take my sunshine away.

3. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Elton John

Lyric: Don't let the sun go down on me

Although I search myself, it's always someone else I see

I'd just allow a fragment of your life to wander free

But losing everything is like the sun going down on me

4. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves

Lyric: I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)

I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)

I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)

And don't it feel good

5. The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

Lyric: There is a house in New Orleans

They call the rising sun

And its been the ruins of many a poor boy

And God I know Im one

6. I'll Follow the Sun - The Beatles

Lyric: One day, you'll look

To see I've gone

But tomorrow may rain, so

I'll follow the sun

One day, you'll know

I was the one

But tomorrow may rain, so

I'll follow the sun

7. Soak up the Sun - Sheryl Crow

Lyric: I'm gonna soak up the sun I'm gonna tell everyone To lighten up (I'm gonna tell 'em that) I've got no one to blame

8. Island in the Sun - Weezer

Lyric: On an island in the sun

We'll be playing and having fun

And it makes me feel so fine

I can't control my brain

9. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

Lyric: I've been waiting so long

To be where I'm going

In the sunshine of your love

10. You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder

Lyric: You are the sunshine of my life

That's why I'll always be around,

You are the apple of my eye,

Forever you'll stay in my heart

11. The Warmth of the Sunshine - The Beach Boys

Lyric: What good is the dawn