Labor Day this year is on September 4th. Around this holiday, I spend time reminiscing with my geriatric clients about their careers. Keep reading to learn my top five songs I use with this population to celebrate Labor Day.
1. "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton
Many of my residents resonate with the description of jobs in the service industry in this song. This song pairs well with instrument playing along to the pulsing eighth note rhythm throughout the verses of the song. It can also be used for lyric rewriting with the names and occupations of the residents.
One of my residents shared this song to me about prisoners in a chain gang working in road construction, ditch digging, or farming. Sam Cooke was inspired by their hard work amidst difficult conditions to write this song.
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