My wife and i never thought it would entertaining seniors would turn out to be so hazardous. Here are a couple of songs we often did to cheer people up The first one an old Hank Williams tune..from the other day "Hey Good Looking" (1952)
and here's one from this Easter.. "Sunnyside of the Street" (1930)
I'd be curious if folks have some other "feel good" songs to cheer folks up..of any age.
thats nice, Spderyak. i don't know, i used to play things like you are my sunshine, pack up your troubles, and i don't know what else. when i started playing harp those were what i played, i wanted to play waltzing mathilda iirc, as my ambition, then the road to gundagai and bound for botany bay, and some other old colonial folk songs. i thought there might even be a bit of business in it once, standing around playing these old tunes for the cruise ship passengers as they alight. i had an old benny bell song, a bit crude but i liked the tune, shaving cream. all those sorts of things i used to like playing. my mum is an elder and was self taught on piano but she only played in F generally which i found was often a bit difficult to accompany for me when i didnt know the tune. nowadays it quite hard for her to play as her skeleton seems intent on undermining her
yes there usually is an entertainment budget at most places so they would be paid gigs.
We are pretty old school when we go to play.. dress nice, things like that. For us we like to do much the same in Quebec so we sought out teachers so we could learn french that were popular when their folks were young and what not.
.. before I forget I wanted to mention jigs always seem to be great feel good songs..they always bring a smile it seems...!
Hey Spderyak. Good on ya for keeping Hank’s music alive. You & your wife sounded great. And your harp was perfect for the song. Hank was a much a Blues man as anybody from the Delta or Chicago. Like Kris Kristofferson sang, “if you don’t like Hank Williams buddy, you can kiss my @ss”.
Always thought he was very much the 'real deal'. He could leave you crying or smiling.
Though we mostly play for people our age or older. I was extra pleased when our young niece asked if we ever heard of... Hank Williams.... She and her guy are big time 'swing' dancers and Hank's song. "My Buckets Got a Hole in It" is quite popular at dances.
"Hey Good Looking" popular then and I would think for another 50 yrs or so...
always looking for ideas for tunes if folks have any they like...
Last Edited by Spderyak on Apr 24, 2020 5:24 AM
When I was visiting my friend in AL, I met and jammed with some teachers from the university at Auburn. I’m trying to think of the HW songs we played, of course we played Hank Williams. So lonesome I could cry is the one I rehearsed before I went, because my friend asked me to play it. It’s not really very feel good though