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Work or live with older adults? Are you are a music therapist, a caregiver, or a volunteer wanting a few songs for Ground Hog Day? Try a few shadow songs like these:

  • Shadow of Your Smile
  • Me and My Shadow
  • Love Walked In
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street (lyrics speak of sun and shade)
  • We Three

(We played name that tune with these.) Several people in my group started spontaneously sharing Robert Lewis Stevenson’s “My Shadow“. If you are wanting to get thoughts more focused on Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where the action happened, why not use “The Pennsylvania Polka” for some music to get people moving.  I strongly recommend checking out the official site for Punxsutawney Phil There are tons of facts. Be sure and check out the teacher pages where partner songs, the legend, and fun ideas abound.

In my groups I am using the Scottish couplet as the rhythm pattern for a drumming portion.

“If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.”

After you have “grooved” to this pattern for a while, change to “In the winter of life”. Drum/speak the pattern 3 to 5 times then have someone state a fact, observation or emotion about that period. This elicited a few laughs in out group.

What songs would you add? Place them in the comments below!


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