With one week until Easter Sunday, I am session planning this week with the theme of Easter and springtime. Keep reading to learn which songs I use the most around this holiday in geriatric populations.
"Here Comes Peter Cottontail" by Gene Autry
This traditional Easter song was composed in 1950 by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins.
"Easter Parade" by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire
This song was composed by Irving Berlin in 1933 and featured in a movie by the same name in 1948. The sound track for the musical film was also composed by Berlin.
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald
The familiar nursery rhyme, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" was recorded by many artists in the late nineteenth century. Ella Fitzgerald's recording in 1938 was one of the most popular.
"When You Wore a Tulip" by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly
This duet of the song was recorded in 1942. The song was originally composed by Percy Wenrich and Jack Mahoney in 1914. The lyrics depict two lovers wearing springtime flowers--a sweet yellow tulip and a big red rose.
"On the Goodship Lollipop" by Shirley Temple
This sweet song leads to wonderful memories for seniors about Easter baskets filled with candy and Easter egg hunts during music-prompted reminiscence. This song was composed by Richard A. Whiting and Sidney Clare in1934 and featured in the film, Bright Eyes.
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