Our adult day services program went out to the nursing home for some singing today. This was our third trip since I’ve been working here – we also went back in December and in May. This time, we did oldies. Here was the set list:
- My Girl by The Temptations
- Do Wah Diddy by Manfred Mann
- Stand By Me by Ben E. King
- Twist and Shout by The Beatles
- Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
- I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
- La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
- Lean on Me by Bill Withers
- Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles
- Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
- Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam
Once again, our group shone. Back in August, they chose some songs they’d like to try. From the suggestions, I had a list of 26, and got them to vote. We narrowed it down to 18, and I ended up cutting seven more because they were either too wordy, because we were doing another song that was very similar, or because people just weren’t into them (the final cuts were Build Me Up Buttercup, Do You Love Me?, I Can’t Help Myself, My Guy, Rock Around the Clock, Rockin’ Robin, and Yakety Yak). We’ve been practicing all these songs for several weeks, and the group really came together. I think this music was more their style than the folk songs we did in May, or even the Christmas carols we did in December. Though they did great with those performances as well, I think they were more consistently engaged here. Everyone had a great time singing for the residents, and some of our consumers even went to talk to a few of the residents afterwards, which was nice.
I guess the next one will be Christmas carols again, and then after that, I don’t know. I want to try and broaden our group’s horizons and work on different styles of music. Maybe we’ll go with some crooner music (Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, etc.), maybe jazz. Maybe a combination. We’ll see.
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