Music can bring back memories of long ago – or just yesterday. When interacting with seniors, what better way to bring them into the conversation than with musical CDs? Nasco has dozens of offerings to bring back the memories of both young and old.
Theme music is a wonderful way to create good feelings among listeners. Bluegrass Mountain Memories (SN32422C) features bluegrass instrumental favorites performed using a hammered dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, and mandolin. Western Themes (SN32421C) features famous themes from classic westerns including Bonanza, High Noon, and The Ballad of Davy Crockett. And who could resist Patriotic Songs of the U.S.A. (9718265C), a collection of America’s most popular and best-loved anthems, including Yankee Doodle Dandy and Stars and Stripes?
Move through the memories of the ‘40s with mood music from Nasco. The ‘40s: A Sentimental Journey (SN32203C) celebrates the many moods of the 1940s, including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Till We Meet Again, and The White Cliffs of Dover. Frank Sinatra is king with the Frank Sinatra 2-CD Set (SN31349C), which includes the CDs Frank Sinatra: The Legend and Sinatra in Love. Nothing brings back memories like Big Bands Greatest Hits (SN36299C), 4 CDs full of swinging songs including In the Mood, Sentimental Journey, and Take the A Train. And nothing hits the nostalgia nerve like Lawerence Welk: A Musical Anthology 3-CD Set (SN00507C), bringing the Champagne Music Makers to entertain you with nostalgic favorites from the program that began in 1955.
Move up to the ‘50s and ‘60s with music that will strum a chord in your memory’s heart. ‘50s Selection 2-CD Set (SN32117C) is a musical salute to the early days of rock and roll. Includes two CDs: Rocking in the Fifties boasts hits like Rock Around the Clock and Wake Up Little Susie; and Soda Shop Romance brings back memories with Johnny Angel and Dream Lover. The Hits of the Sixties 2-CD Set (SN31350C) is full of songs that are sure to have your residents singing, dancing, and remembering their younger years. The ‘60s Hits of the Ladies CD includes He’s So Fine and It’s My Party; and 1960’s No. 1 Hits include Sugar Sugar, Stay, and Game of Love. What ‘50s celebration is complete without Elvis? The Elvis Presley 2-CD Set (SN31356C) will have seniors remembering what they were doing when Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel, or Are You Lonesome Tonight played through the jukebox. And, of course, cruising ‘60s style is all about Surf the Street: Surf Hits of the ‘60s (SN36333C) which makes you think of driving with the top down to Telstar, Walk Don’t Run, and Surfin’.
Bring involvement and entertainment to your gatherings with Show Tunes Accompaniment CDs. Each set contains one CD with fully orchestrated songs sung in the original show key and tempo, and a second CD with the same songs but no vocals. Try The King and I (SN35782C), Oklahoma (SN35783C), Fiddler on the Roof (SN35784C), or The Sound of Music (SN35785C).
Sometimes residents and elderly family members just want to listen to soothing music. Nasco offers soft, harmonic tunes that relax excited minds. Try Aromatherapy: Music for Massage (SN36335C) with five ambient instrumental soundscapes; Harmony: Sounds of Meditation (SN36336C), a tranquil blend of sounds that renew your energy and bring balance to your mind; Jeff Gold Music – Escapes: Music for Relaxing (SN35683C), filled with melodic and uplifting tunes that are soothing and relaxing; or Jeff Gold Music – Simple Treasures (SN35684C), music to help calm down and de-stimulate.
Music has the ability to soothe, rejuvenate, and help us remember the good times. Be sure to visit Nasco’s Senior Activities website for more CD and DVD ideas for you and your seniors. Or order yourself a catalog for your desktop at eNasco.com.