There’s a little game I play with patients who are too ill or are too uncomfortable to interact fully to play or sing with me.
I call it “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”. I’ve refined this over the last few years, choosing songs that are within the genre of their choice. Today I helped a young teen get through some post surgery pain. For her I played:
- – Yellow – Cold Play
- – Firework – Katy Perry
- – Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
- – Let it Be – The Beatles
- – Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Interesting combination – we chatted a little between songs when she wanted to share about the song. This lead me to my next selections. I’m glad to report I got 5 thumbs up, which really meant to me that what I offered her gave her some relief.
In other sessions I have been lucky enough to sing someone to sleep who was previously in distress. That is a great feeling to be able to bring some comfort to a person’s bedside.
Enjoy the music!