Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October 1, 2010 - Performance

I have many clients who perform as part of their therapeutic program. I have a bell choir of adults with developmental disabilities, a group that wrote and is producing a musical, and a guitar student who performed at a benefit concert with a country music star. These performances brought out some amazing qualities and provided some amazing opportunities for my clients.

This week, I'm going to talk about the importance of performance for personal growth and development and the goals that can be accomplished in performance opportunities. Listen live at 12 noon Eastern, 11:00 Central, 10:00 Mountain, 9:00 Pacific, or listen to the archived show (available 15 minutes after the show ends), or subscribe via iTunes.

What has performance done for you? I'd love to hear your comments or questions about the show. Leave a comment here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall Playlist

I haven't broadcasted since August and fully intended to get back to it the very next week after my vacation, but have been dealing with a lot of other things that needed my "urgent" attention. So here's what I was going to talk about today, had I had the time to do a show.

I have many clients who appear to have minimal awareness of their surroundings. However, I believe that they are aware when things change, like the seasons, and I like to use music to help communicate that change to them. So each season, I try to come up with some songs that reflect that time of year. I encourage parents to play and sing them so that they can reinforce the concept.

I also like to use music for myself that reflects the seasons or my mood. I have a playlist for Rain, Moon, Halloween, and Fall that I listen to during Autumn.

Here are the songs I use in my playlists for myself and for my clients:

  • Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Spooky by Classics IV
  • Shine On Harvest Moon (I like the version sung by Rosemary Clooney)
  • Paper Moon (sung by Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Moondance by Van Morrison
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Doris Day version)
  • Moonlight Bay (Doris Day version)
  • For Baby (For Bobbie) by John Denver
  • Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Blue Moon sung by Ella Fitzgerald
  • California Dreamin' by The Mamas and The Papas
  • Fly Me to the Moon sung by Frank Sinatra
  • Thriller by Michael Jackson
  • Ghostbusters theme song
  • Abracadabra by Steve Miller and the Band
  • Soul Man from the Blues Brothers
  • Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • Stayin' Alive from that John Travolta movie
  • Welcome to My Nightmare by Alice Cooper

And of course I listen to the Autumn movements from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

Gives a little variety from Monster Mash...

What are your favorite fall songs?

I'll broadcast next week. In the meantime, listen to one of the archived shows!