Music to spark a better life for older adults and preschoolers

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The other day I asked on Facebook about favorite silly songs.  Rachelle Norman shared a post on “Mairzy Doats”.  This is a great song for many reasons: it appeals many ages, it is great for speech practice, and it is easy to sing. I have used this with intergenerational groups, to preschoolers, as well as long-term care/assisted living settings.

My friend Kat Fulton pulled out an oldie I had forgotten – “Sweet Violets”.  This  1951 hit by Dinah Shore is one many older adults and boomers may remember. Because of the lyrics, I would be selective of which groups I shared this song.  (I can see it would lead to some interesting discussions on appropriate language with teens and adults.) That said, I am most certainly re-learning this one.  I’m sharing a YouTube link that has the lyrics and chords printed in the comment sections in case you’d like to learn it, too

So have a great April Fool’s Day and enjoy a few “oldies” tunes!

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