No pictures again with this blog, unless I post some sheet music. I was just thinking about how my repertoire has been moving as I continue my CMP internship. I think many musicians playing therapeutic music may come to similar places, but …
I play the hammered dulcimer, which lends itself to dances, fast celtic and old-time music, luscious tunes with lots of chords, intricate classical pieces. Many different genres. However, for therapeutic work, I am finding that some of my repertoire is right for more situations. Also that the type of music that I keep returning to has words to it! Songs, ballads, lullabies of all kinds seem to bring the possibility of one gorgeous tune or melodic line that can be added to, but can also stand on its own.
So I have been adding to my collection with some Really Lovely Tunes, in addition to some that I have known for a long time:
Rose of Allendale
Drink to Me Only
Eriskay Love Lilt
O Waly Waly
La Ci Darem La Mano (Give me your hand fair maiden)
You are my Sunshine
The Ash Grove
Come into the Garden (Maud)
Blow the Wind Southerly
I did recently have a lively conversation about steel drums with a patient and tried out “Yellow Bird”, which worked quite well with a lot of tremolo but may not fit the “really lovely tune” label.
More of a mumble than a thought, but it is interesting to me how these simple tunes reach people. Also how minor keys can bring calm and repose … more on that when I have a coherent mumble!