music for seniors

Tequila

In honour of the purchase I made at the duty free shop on my way back from Mexico, I have chosen “Tequila” as my song of the week. My Mom and Dad enjoy the odd drink of this cactus based elixir most often made from the Blue Agave plant so naturally I picked up a bottle for them. The distilled beverage is named for the area surrounding the city of Tequila where many of these indigenous plants grow. 

The song “Tequila” is a happy, upbeat instrumental with a Cuban mambo beat and only one lyric. The word........

Hello Dolly

Broadway musicals are a wonderful source of music possibilities for your older adult fitness classes. There are really no age limitations when it comes to this category as the evolution of what’s continually happening over the decades on the broadway stage clearly demonstrates. There are new works such as you can’t get a seat for this play until well into next year, “Hamilton”, revivals of old works like “West Side Story” and “Fiddler on the Roof” and long runs of currently still running classic favourites such as “Phantom of the Opera”, “Chicago” and “Cats”.

One of my favourite films based on a broadway play is......

"A Little Bird Told Me"

This week’s song is New Orlean’s jazz/blues singer Blue Lu Barker’s charming rendition of “A Little Bird Told Me”. Until last month, I had never heard this infectious upbeat tune written by Harvey Oliver Brooks. In fact this song’s melody is so contagious that it has officially become my ear worm. In case you haven’t heard that phrase it refers to a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person's mind after it is no longer playing whether you want it to or not. I find myself randomly starting to sing “A Little Bird…” throughout the day and my husband is not taking it well.The good news is.......

Music, Music, Music

There are certain happy songs that instantly bring a smile to the faces of my participants. “Music, Music, Music”, a number one hit from 1950 performed by Theresa Brewer is unquestionably one of them. It’s an incredible upbeat tune written in 1949 by Stephen Weiss and Bernie Baum. Apparently, when it first came out, some radio stations were reluctant to play it because.......