People of all ages are generally fond of singing but older adults often reminisce about growing up when the family or everyone in the neighbourhood gathered for an evening of singing. Their singing was jubilant, vigorous, and everyone was encouraged to join in to “lift the spirits”. Today many elderly people, particularly when living alone, can suffer from depression and anxiety. Music therapy is a very effective anti-depressant and can really improve a person’s functioning and wellbeing.
Health outcomes from singing with older people can include:
- improved well being
- cognitive stimulation
- memory recall
- self expression
- anxiety reduction
Music therapists know that music stimulates all parts of the brain from the conscious to the unconscious. Language, emotion, humour, memory recall, story telling, enjoyment and excitement are all natural responses to music. Dementia and Alzheimers sufferers in particular respond very positively to music therapy because of music’s ability to reach all functioning parts of the brain.
This CD contains beautiful singing covering a range of 20 traditional favourites!
Memories are Made of This – Song List
- Oh What a Beautiful Morning. Rogers & Hammerstein, Oklahoma, 1949.
- Cabaret. Kander & Ebb, 1966.
- Don’t Fence Me In. Cole Porter, 1934.
- Smiling Trilogy: Pack Up Your Troubles – George & Felix Powell, 1915; When Irish Eyes Are Smiling – Ernest Ball, The Isle ‘O Dreams, 1912; When You’re Smiling – Louis Armstrong, 1929.
- Edelweiss. Rogers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music, 1959.
- Summer Holiday. Cliff Richard & The Shadows, 1963.
- Autumn Leaves. Joseph Kosma, 1945.
- Scottish Trilogy: Loch Lomond – Macgregor of Glen Endrick, 1746; Roamin’ in the Gloamin’- Harry Lauder, 1911; I Belong to Glasgow – Will Fyffe, 1920.
- Shenandoah. Traditional American Folk Song early 19th century.
- Shine On Harvest Moon. Ziegfeld Follies, 1908.
- A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square. Manning Sherwood, 1941.
- Danny Boy. Frederic Weatherly, 1913.
- Memories. Egbert Van Alstyne & Gus Kahn, 1915.
- Old Man River. Rogers & Hart, Showboat, 1928.
- Gundagai. O’Hagan, 1924. Parody Mark Penman, 2011.
- The Melbourne Cup. Mark Penman, 2012.
- Shenandoah. Traditional American Folk Song arranged Jeremy Williams.
- What a Wonderful World. David Weiss, 1967.
- You Make Me Feel So Young. Myro & Gordon, 1946.
- I Still Call Australia Home. Peter Allen, 1980.