As a music therapist and as a mom, I tend to carry a lot of things. One thing that I carry doesn’t weigh much and rarely weighs me down. It’s a tune (or often in my case several tunes).
Each year the week that includes October 7th is “Carry a Tune Week”. Tunes can play within our head or be voiced. They can comfort us, keep us energized, help us slow down, express what we are feeling or what we wish to feel.
All these thoughts brought this quote from Season 3 of M*A*S*H to my mind:
I’ll carry on, carry over, carry forward, Cary Grant, cash and carry, carry me back to Old Virginia, I’ll even ‘hari-kari’ if you show me how, but I will not carry a gun!”
I find it interesting the writers included a Stephen Foster tune in the list. My guess is song titles and song lyrics likely show up in our daily lives just like the tunes we carry within our minds. Some are driven my associations with objects or days. Other tunes may be ones we heard online. Whatever the reason, tunes show up.
Replicating a melody is something most people can do. So give voice to those tune. Whether it is in the car, in the shower or while you are preparing a meal go ahead and sing!
Want to share a carrying tune with an older adult? Here are a few to get you started:
- I Love to Go a Wandering
- Pack Up Your Troubles
- Bye, Bye Blackbird
- Pistol Packing Mama
- He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
- Lean on Me