It sort of goes without saying that theme for this week has been St. Patrick’s Day centered. Just wanted to take a second to share some ideas for the holiday.For starters, these have been my go to geriatric St. Pat’s songs:
- My Wild Irish Rose
- Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra (That’s an Irish Lullaby)
- Gallaway Bay
- When Irish Eyes are Smiling
- I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
- MacNamara’s Band
These and others are put together in my “St. Patty’s” Spotify playlist. I’m sort of a sucker for Bing Crosby and velvety tones so most of the recordings I’ve saved are his.
My Wild Irish Rose and I’m Looking Over are great “warm-up” singing songs because they are (sort of surprisingly) very familiar with these.
For our movement intervention, we primarily focused on legs by doing a a chair river dance. I used the song “Paidin” of which there are many versions but I favor the Kieran O’Hare version. We had four basic steps that we repeated through the the song. They included:
- Tap Toes
- Alternating feet tap 1-2-3 Kick (remembering to point toes like a river dancer)
- 1 (low) 2 (high) knees (also pointing toes downward)
- Cross right foot over left, then left over right cuing with “Criss….Cross”
Hindsight I probably would have structured my instrument play portion differently and would love to hear any ideas regarding this. I used the song “MacNamara’s Band” and changed it to “Megan’s Band” and instead of being “a credit to old Ireland,” we were a credit to White Oak Manor. In the chorus there are 6 instruments mentioned.
We do not happen to have all of these instruments so a few modifications were made such as the horn was really a handbell of the tonic (F) which also happened to be green! We also just ordered cymbals but do not have them yet so I taped a photo of the cymbals to a tambourine, which really does have little cymbals if you think about it! I know, I know…little bit of a stretch but they still got the general idea. My goal for the activity was to have everyone participating and contributing to our little band giving a sense of belonging and membership. We practiced playing the instruments consecutively in the same order as the song without the recording and gradually picked up speed in our rotation as the song is terribly fast. When we added the music it was a bit of a hot mess, but quite fun all the same.
More ideas to come, but wanted to share what we’ve done so far!