Magical Moments Music Therapy

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

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:

  1. – Yellow – Cold Play
  2. – Firework – Katy Perry
  3. – Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  4. – Let it Be – The Beatles
  5. – 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!

– Victoria

About Victoria

Singer/songwriter, guitarist, ukulele player, educator, community music therapist.

3 comments on “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

  1. It’s a fantastic feeling to make that connection with clients! I’m curious if you sang and accompanied yourself on a guitar, some other instrument and/or used some recorded music? Thanks,

  2. I just found out that some of my clients love funk and disco music like the Gap Band, Kool and the Gang and Peaches and Herb. I’m trying to figure out how to keep the music live and not sound ridiculous. LOL!

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