“I Believe” Elvis Presley
I believe for every drop of rain that falls
A flower grows
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
A candle glows
I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come
To show the way
I believe, I believe
I believe above a storm the smallest prayer
Can still be heard
I believe that someone in the great somewhere
Hears every word
Everytime I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe
A few weeks ago, in a blog entitled “Music to My Ears”, I wrote about the encouraging studies both in the US and Europe with regard to the positive impact personalized music playlists can have on a dementia sufferer and the help it can give to caregivers working with a loved one. A study by researchers at Brown University in Rhode Island was published on May 10th, 2017 describing how they found that individual music playlists had a calming or pleasurable effect on people. Their mood, behavior and their use of anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medication were all recorded at the beginning of the study and at the end, with care homes reporting an improvement in behavior and less need for medication.
Maureen Gleason is one of our wonderful Memory Care Specialists and was particularly inspired to explore this new idea with our Connections Club program members.
So last Thursday Maureen and the volunteers patiently encouraged each Club member to list their ten most favorite songs or music passages. This transpired to be a really engaging and enjoyable process for us all. Maureen intends to share the results with our Caregivers.
So here is the combined list of our collective most popular songs or pieces of music. As you can see it is quite eclectic!
Memory Matters Group Playlist- Top favorites in the Connections Club
I have purposely deleted the Club members names from the list
- When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge
- Cold Cold Heart (Hank Williams)
- God Bless America (Irving Berlin)
- Heart Aches by the Numbers (Guy Mitchell)
- Show me the way to go Home (Frank Crumit)
- Desperado (Eagles)
- Hotel California (Eagles)
- I Believe (Elvis Presley)
- You are my Sunshine (Johnny Cash)
- Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)
- I Can’t Stop Loving you (Ray Charles)
- Forever in Blue Jeans (Neil Diamond)
- How Great Thou Art
- Beethoven’s 9th
- I am so Blessed (Karen Drucker)
- Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)
- Feeling Groovy (Simon & Garfunkel)
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, his last and most famous choral work made the list. Perhaps the “Ode To Joy” will be played more often at Memory Matters!
Now I would really appreciate my readers engaging in this process! Please respond on our Facebook page, Memory Matters website, or simply to volunteermike.com in a comment:
FROM THE CLUB LIST ABOVE, WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG OR PIECE OF MUSIC?
WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE SONG?
Your answers will assist in our on-going program. THANK YOU! 😀👍
Meanwhile our Club’s all-time favorite recorded by dozens including Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby is:
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away…
Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell in 1939
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