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.

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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

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