Aretha Franklin's 1967 anthem for all women everywhere has been a constant. I've sung it with young ladies seeking control and themselves, played 'cups' to it with a group of teens (before Pitch Perfect took over), helped someone learn guitar with it so that they have a skill and something positive to focus on when they return home, used lyric substitution and fill-in-the-gap with a group of adults who love it just as much as I do, and... I've done a fair amount of singing-at-the-top-of-my-lungs to it myself ;P
Thanks Aretha, you're one of those Evergreen legends :)
Cruise down the river this Sunday afternoon with this little tune! A wee bit belated song of last week, and may not be your sort of jam - if not, put on your favourite tune that makes even your insides smile, unwind and enjoy this beautiful sunny summers day we're having!
Thought I might start sharing a song of the week to help with Wednesday-itis! Or at least, it might be a song client(s) have wanted to sing a lot lately, or a piece of music that's created some meaningful moments with client(s), or it might be a playlist I've been finding helpful.
A couple of weeks ago I shared "Now is the Hour", thinking of clients and farewells. Today I'm sharing a playlist of "classical" treasures that's been reminding me to smell the roses (not literally, coz my hayfever's been going haywire lately!). Those with Spotify, search for "Antonin Dvorak" Radio and settle in. Those who prefer an easy click here's a few favourites:
For most if not all of us it’s hard heading back to work after a holiday break. For me, I returned this year knowing that one of my clients may have passed away. I knew that after 3 weeks the condition of a likely few may have not improved or deteriorated further. What I hadn’t anticipated was just how many, and just how much, and the unexpected. And how it would affect me, first week back. And so, I’ve come away knowing that I need to do something more than speaking with colleagues and with families. I also returned to work knowing that I would soon be finishing with many of my clients and colleagues due to a piece of work ending, and so I face these next few months not yet with the prospect of a fresh new year, but first with many farewells, and many endings.
Within many places I work when we sing the classic “Now is the Hour” I often make the comment, “It holds different things for different people, doesn’t it”? It’s my way of acknowledging the loss the song might hold, the memories of difficult times during war and long after, the people, the experiences, the emotions – both negative and positive. Almost every time this comment is responded to with a murmur, a few nodding heads, a look of significance that seems to say, thank you for acknowledging where I’m at.
Today I share with you this recording of “Now is the Hour” as my way of saying goodbye to those I wasn’t able to in person. I see it as a song of farewell, of acceptance, and of the idea and hope that we’ll be remembered and held in the minds of those we leave behind, whether it’s through a change of circumstances or end of life, whatever your beliefs.
NZ Registered Music Therapist, co-creator, songbird, collaborator, advocate, lover-of-music.