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I Wanna Be a Billionaire…

I realize i’m totally late on this, however, I’m starting to come around to this song. I think it can be a really great song tool for therapy.  Tons of possibilites here:

  1. Rewrite the lyrics
  2. Write verses about what a client would do if they were a billionaire
  3. Great song for adolescents… hospitals, eating disorder, sibling bonding
  4. Could be interesting if done with a group (eachperson contributes a thought)
The chords are really simple… after some diggin…and it can be played on guitar or uke!
I wanna be a billionaire so friggen bad
Buy all of the things I never had
Wanna be on the cover of Forbes Magazine
Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen
Oh everytime I close my eyes
I see my name in shining lights
A different city everynight Oh My I swear
The world better prepare, for when I’m a billionaire
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Good Family Bonding Songs? =Great for ALL Settings!

PDF of lyrics and chords found @http://www.chameleons.org/Skinamarinky.pdf
Feel free to leave a video response or a comment!

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I Sense a Discussion: Lyric and Musical Analysis in Music Therapy

I am currently working in a hospital setting for my practicum placement.  My supervisor works mostly with pediatrics in the oncology unit, as well as in the adolescent unit, including eating disorder patients.  I came across this song and thought it was just great! It has a fantastic message and a catchy tune.

Sometimes lyric discussions as well as an analysis of the music in the song can be a very therapeutic tool for adolescents, especially those undergoing a traumatic time in their life.

I feel like this song addresses….

  • Body image issues
  • Confidence in ones self
  • Not always feeling our best
  • Feeling “invisible”
  • Feeling self conscious
  • Wanting to “just give up”
  • Optimism
  • Paving your own life

and many more things….

Children and adolescents in hospital settings are often feeling like they are no long “in control” of their own bodies and actions and have lost much of their independence.  This can be especially hard for adolescents to cope with.  Discussions about songs can often validate the way they are feeling, as well as provide a structured means of discussing their thoughts.

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep?
Six feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go, oh
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ’em go, oh
You’re gonna leave ’em falling down

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you’re reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time, you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go, oh
As you shoot across the sky

I always appreciate comments!

Thank you!

Sarah

PS. Sorry the video isn’t terribly eloquent. I just learned the song!

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“i” Autoharp!

I came across this awesome application and just had to share it with everyone! It’s neat for a couple reasons… but first off it’s called the “Autoharp” application and can be purchased for .99 in the App store (sure beats the cost of an actual autoharp!- not that anything can replace the quality or sound of a real instrument).

These app’s are really handy especially if budgets are low, and new instruments that aren’t 100% necessary aren’t in the cards for the year.  Purchasing an iPad or something similar gives you access to hundreds of instruments that clients wouldn’t normally have access to.  This allows us students or professionals to spice up the sessions with a little something different, gadgety and intriguing.  I really liked this autoharp app because it requires clients and therapists to use the same type of stroke and hand positions that a real autoharp would.  It also has great sound quality (not that cheesy synthetic sound), and allows you to play both up and down strokes, as well as individual strings! Why is this beneficial?

  • I’m in a medical setting currently, and this would be great.  Why? Because normally it would be difficult to bring in an autoharp- it’s way to difficult to clean over and over again with all the strings, and when something needs to be cleaned every time it leaves the office, another option would be great.
  • iPads, iPods and iPhones have protective coverings and cases.  The plastic cover that goes on the screen can be replaced for each client. Other options? – a transparent sheet can be placed over the iPad for each client for sanitary purposes.  Just clean the sheet- it’s way simpler than cleaning each of those strings!
  • Clients can have the opportunity to play the autoharp- although autoharp can be quite easy for clients to play, it can be bulky and awkward.
  • The app is always tuned for you! For anyone who has tuned an autoharp… it’s not very fun. No worries here!

Like I said, nothing can replace the real thing- but it’s nice to have options if you don’t have access to specialty instruments.  Taking part of the budget an investing in an iPad will save money in the long run, and will give you access to dozens of instruments instead of just one or two.

Happy tech-ing!

Thanks! 🙂

Sarah

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Singing Telegrams!

The AMTAS-Naz Chapter aka The Music Therapy Club of Nazareth College of Rochester, located in Rochester, NY is fundraising! We are trying to raise money to help support our students as they travel to Cleveland, OH for the AMTA National Conference as well the the Mid Atlantic Region-AMTA in Saratoga Springs, NY.  We are launching our singing telegrams! We will call  anyone you can think of: sweethearts, boss’s, co-workers, friends and family and leave them a personalized greeting when you choose one of our 10 pre-hearsed songs! Give the people in your life something they will NEVER forget! Once you fill out a request form and send it into Nazareth College, a quartet of students will call the recipient in a professional manner.  If they do not answer a singing message will be left.  Join our event group on Facebook and request a form by writing on the wall or email ssendlb5@mail.naz.edu. You do not need to be local! ONLY $2!  We can’t wait to make your loved ones day!

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Easy as 1,2,3,4.

School is back in full swing for us Music Therapy majors, and pretty soon all the kids will be back in session as well.  I came across this awesome rendition of a popular song via Julie Krieger: student, professional, and mom.  Feist’s song “1234” was featured on Sesame Street when she was a guest, however, it got a child friendly face-lift to appeal to the audiences.  I think it’s great- and the first thing I thought of when hearing it? Music Therapy. 

  • It’s great because young kids will love it for what it is. A fun kid’s song that talks about animals and numbers.
  • Adolescents or older children that say- need to work on basic academics- will appreciate that it’s not as “kiddie” and more traditional number songs.
  • Lyrics can be adapted even further to count higher.
  • Use it as a movement song by having number cards on the floor- have client skip from number to number when cued.
  • Use animal/object/people cards as cues, as well as number cards to prompt counting.

Feist Sesame Street 1234 Lyrics

One, two, three, four
monsters walking ‘cross the floor
I love counting, counting to the number four

Oh you counting, counting with me
to one less than five, and one more than three

Oh, Oh, Oh, we’re counting to four
Oh, Oh, Oh, let’s count some more

One, two, three, four
penguins that went by the door
I love counting, counting to the number four

I see four here, I see four there
favorite number, nothing can compare

Oh, Oh, Oh we’re counting to four
Oh, Oh, Oh let’s count some more

One, two, three, four
chickens just back from the shore
I love counting, counting to the number four

Oh, Oh, Oh we’re counting to four
Oh, Oh, Oh lets count some more

One, two, three, four
chickens just back from the shore

One, two, three, four
penguins that went by the door

One, two, three, four
monsters walking ‘cross the floor

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Give it some style!

I IV BIG V and resolve! Sounds pretty common right?

Next time you’re looking to end a song with a client (or even just for fun!) try to spice it up a little bit.  I picked up this country/bluegrass style lick that you can toss in just about anywhere.  Think of it as a garnish to your activity.

  1. It will most definitely grab your clients attention because its upbeat, and something different!
  2. For students: Sounds really impressive even though its super simple
  3. Suddenly turns  your “boom-chuck” accompaniment into a more authentic country or bluegrass sound.
  4. Really simple- a client could easily be taught the lick.

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