april fools 2010

april fools 2010 (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Over my years of working in long term care facilities, I have been described many ways. The most frequent one is “the crazy lady who shares music” as the person smiles and winks. Given the high incidence of a dementia diagnosis with those with whom I work and my preference to assist people in smiling once during the day, I take this as a compliment. And, with the exception of when I have provided services through a contract, my job title has been everything but music therapist. So, I truly appreciate this title.

I am known for creating bubble machines out of air handlers and blow driers so I can sing while the bubbles float. I’m known for celebrating March 4th with marching to Sousa marches. I’m known for changing plans because the weather is too nice to stay inside and sing or because meditation doesn’t work with testing of fire alarms. I’m known for having a song to go with almost every event or theme that get’s dreamed up. I’m known for singing songs requested by clients, for passing out hankies and hugs, for being there to listen and share. If that is “crazy”, I’m cool with that.

With April Fool’s day around the corner, this crazy lady wanted to share her favorite crazy songs to sing with older adults. I hope you’ll use them and share your “crazy” self with those who appreciate a reason to enjoy some music and a laugh!

Boom, Boom Ain’t it Great to be Crazy

Gee Mom I want to go Home

Ja-Da

Five Foot Two

Yes, We Have No Bananas

Sweet Violets

On Top of Spaghetti

What are your favorite silly songs to sing with older adults? Share them in the comments below.