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Building your CD Collection   . . .  A few suggestions from Dawn C. Wooderson

Music to Spark Imagination

Music, Exercise, Creative Movement, and Relaxation

Music Listening and Learning

*See Dawn’s essay Music to Spark Imagination in Creative Forecasting, August 2013

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In General:

Ř  Look through your CD collection, list what you have and what you use, make a list of the gaps, and go shopping!

Ř  You may find good cuts on CD’s that you have at home or on your personal wish list.

Ř  Your money is well spent if you can use 2 or more cuts on any CD for movement.  You may be able to use other cuts for other reasons.

Ř  Good buys are available at places like Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Target.  Look for good bargains at the tire shop, card shop, hardware store, coffee shop, etc.

Ř  In the chain media stores, you may find what you’re looking for in the easy listening (jazz, patriotic, big band, singers etc.), world music, and classical sections.

Ř  Most of the music I use for movement is instrumental; I’ll use vocal music if the vocal sound is comfortable for the listeners.

Ř  I do not use sacred music for movement.

Ř  I often use the first part of a jazz favorite — before the improvisation gets too much for my purpose — fade it out and go to the next tune.

Ř  Adjust the bass and treble as needed so that the sound is not muddy or thudding.  Increase the treble for people with some hearing loss.


Everyone should have:

A CD of marches and a CD for ultimate relaxation.  I use both for movement, relaxation, imagination, and with musical instruments.   I sell one of each at my workshop tables.

So much music – so little time!

Music that has an obvious cultural connection:  German um-pah (Oktoberfest music), East European, Greek, Israeli dances, Latin sambas, tangos; Irish fiddle and pipe; British bands; Greek, Irish/Celtic (perhaps The Chieftains) Native American (Nakai’s flute), American marches; Rhythm and Blues; and whatever else you have. I add Zulu/Xhosa folk music, too

Include American traditional folk music–good US fiddle, mandolin/banjo music, dulcimers;  Native American flutes, e.g. the music of Carlos Nakai

Music that is written to describe:  For example:  (The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens.),  (Morning from the Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg; excerpts from Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite and other suites by Grofe.)

Classical music: Find CD’s with many different composers’ music.  Such as Classical Music for People who hate Classical Music, Classics for Kids, Classics at the movies, Romantic favorites, Classics greatest hits,

Excerpts of classical music:  The intro to the Rachmaninov Piano concerto #2 - "What's next?"; Copland's "Hoedown" from Rodeo and pieces from Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring.

Quiet classical music might have titles like Classics for Lovers, Favorite Lullabies, Meditation, Nocturnes, Adagios.  I use Joshua Bell's Romances for the Violin often.

Movement for December —  The Nutcracker Suite (many dances) — Mannheim Steamroller (Deck the Halls, Stille Nacht for listening)

Boston Pops orchestra (Arthur Fiedler or John Williams) – anything except an all-John William CD.  — Broadway, movies, American tunes,

Some sound tracks:  Sleepless in Seattle, (and More Songs for Sleepless Nights), Chocolat (esp cuts 1 & 1), O Brother Where Art thou, Cats – for Memories,

Music of the years –  e.g. Billboard’s hits of 1957

Big band, jazz etc.:  Jazz Greats, The Best of Glenn Miller,

Older songs with newer artists and recordings, e.g. Harry Connick, Jr., Michael Feinstein, Shirley Horn, Earl Klugh Trio, Amici (if you like vocal classical music in a contemporary style), Rod Stewart’s Great American Songbook CD’s,  

Old Nashville — Chet Atkins, Patsy Cline, and Newer Nashville – Dolly Parton’s 9-5, etc

Other vocal – Sarah Brightman (Classics), Charlotte Church/Jackie Evancho, Josh Grogan (You Raise me Up), Andrea Bocelli, Adelle, Zac Brown Band (Let it Go), Zach Brown band (Let it Go)

Use DVD’s of concerts, Broadway musicals, etc.  Participants can watch the first time for a “rest” period and then sing/move with the dancers/singers etc, the second time through.

National Institute on Aging – 1 800 222 2225.  NIAIC, Dept F, P. O. Box 8057, Gaithersburg, MD  20898-8057. Companion video available for $7.  www.nih.gov/nia

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