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Playlist of the Week: New Year/New Beginning to Add to Your Music Therapy Repertoire

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.

Closing time

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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