It's hard to believe it is almost 2019! I wanted to share a list of 15 songs that are either about new years or new beginnings that may be useful for music therapists to add to their repertoire during the holiday season. I hope you find some of these applicable to a variety of populations you are working with.
On another note, while you do some of your own reflection as the new year rolls around - you may want to use music to help guide or support you. As I do my own journaling, I find myself listening to a lot of Enya! What are you listening to or playing to support your end of the year reflection?
1. New Year's Day - U2
Lyric: Nothing changes on New Year's Day On New Year's Day
I will be with you again
2. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Ella Fitzgerald
Lyric: Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight When it's exactly twelve o'clock that night Welcoming in the New Year, New Year's Eve?
3. Auld Lang Syne - The Tenors
Lyric: Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne
4. Let's Start the New Year Right - The McGuire Sisters
Lyric: One minute to midnight, one minute to go One minute to say goodbye before we say hello Let's start the new year right, twelve O'clock tonight
5. New Year's Resolution - Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
Lyric: Let's turn over a new leaf
And baby, let's make promises
That we can keep
And call it a New Year's resolution, mmm
6. Celtic New Year - Van Morrison
Lyric: I said, oh won't you come back?
I have to see you my dear
Want you come back in the Celtic New Year?
In the Celtic New Year
7. Funky New Year - Eagles
Lyric: Went to a party just last night
Wanted to bring the year in right
Woke up this morning I don't know how
Last night I was a happy man, but the way I feel right now
8. It's Just Another New Year's Eve - Barry Manilow
Lyric: Don't look so sad,
It's not so bad you know.
It's just another night,
That's all it is, it's not the first,
9. New Year's Prayer - Jeff Buckley
Lyric: Fall in light, fall in light. Feel no shame for what you are
10. Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Lyric: It's a new dawn It's a new day It's a new life for me, ooh And I'm feeling good
11. Closing Time - Semisonic
Lyric: So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits
I hope you have found a Friend.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.
12. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson
Lyric: I said you want to be starting something
You got to be starting something
I said you want to be starting something
You got to be starting something
13. Pretty Good Year - Tori Amos
Lyric: And Greg he writes letters and burns his CDs
They say you were something in those formative years
Hold onto nothing as fast as you can
Well still pretty good year
14. It's My Life - Bon Jovi
Lyric: It's my lifeI
t's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
15. Sky's the Limit - The Notorious B.I.G.
Lyric: Sky is the limit and you know that you keep on
Just keep on pressin' on
Sky is the limit and you know that you can have
What you want, be what you want
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