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#2932473 - 06/12/18 05:17 PM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: SteveCoscia]
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Originally Posted By: SteveCoscia
Something else that works with the hospice crowd is a brief oral history of a song (i.e. composition year, the show from which the song came, the composer's background, etc. etc.). The audience enjoys the verbal break between songs and it adds a little lighthearted variety.

This oral interplay evolved over time and they like it.


+1

Taking it further, you could take them on a trip through time, starting with music from the 30's and play through the decades.
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#2932494 - 06/12/18 08:26 PM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: MathOfInsects]
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Originally Posted By: MathOfInsects
While I agree with the "don't overthink it, music is music" wing of the party, I would maybe think twice before playing "Another One Bites the Dust."


I would also add "Killing me Softly" to the no-go list.

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#2932496 - 06/12/18 08:29 PM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: DulceLabs.com]
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Originally Posted By: MathOfInsects
While I agree with the "don't overthink it, music is music" wing of the party, I would maybe think twice before playing "Another One Bites the Dust."


I would also add "Killing me Softly" to the no-go list.


Or I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight.
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#2932503 - 06/12/18 11:51 PM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: MathOfInsects]
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These suggestions are good but I will repeat what someone said earlier, hospice is not an old folks nursing home. News articles are full of people of all ages who are dying of various terminal illnesses. A friend my mine is 46 and just finished three courses of chemo with stage 4 cancer. The first one nearly killed him until they adjusted the dose and timing the flow. So far so good but he may also be headed for hospice.

Just show up and see who's there then decide on the tunes.

Bob

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#2932524 - 06/13/18 05:27 AM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: MathOfInsects]
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Originally Posted By: MathOfInsects
Originally Posted By: DulceLabs.com
Originally Posted By: MathOfInsects
While I agree with the "don't overthink it, music is music" wing of the party, I would maybe think twice before playing "Another One Bites the Dust."


I would also add "Killing me Softly" to the no-go list.


Or I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight.


Don't let me Down by the Beatles?
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#2932541 - 06/13/18 06:53 AM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: SteveCoscia]
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Jeff, I play every quarter or so at a facility that sounds very similar to the venue you've described but with some nursing home attendees as well, and although it is structured to be 90 minutes, it always goes well over 2 hours. It has evolved into being fully interactive with a totally "by request" playing by ear format, sans music or setlist.

Probably a full 2/3 of the requested songs are hymns. The group that requests "wartime" WWII songs is, sadly, quickly dwindling. Knowing a song or two by Elvis, Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Floyd Cramer, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Streisand, Neil Diamond (this group nails "Sweet Caroline"), Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Andrews Sisters, Perry Como, Pat Boone, Connie Francis, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Nat King Cole and/or Connie Francis will get you a long way. Songs from their youth are requested much more often than songs from their later years.

If I don't know something requested, sometimes one or two of them will collaborate to hum or sound it out, and they're very content with and appreciative of a sincere effort to try to first peck out the melody and then add more structure with each verse/chorus. The quality of the interaction and of having their requests valued seems to mean far more to them than the actual quality of the music - which I hope is mostly good but admittedly sometimes suffers from lack of familiarity or from having to pull through so many mental cobwebs.

The smiles and thanks at the end of the session are priceless. If you feel comfortable with a "by request" format, I think you'll be very happy with the result.
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#2932607 - 06/13/18 01:02 PM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: rickp]
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Yep. Don't over think it. But, try not to make it sound like a funeral service either.

Avoid playing "I Won't Complain", "His Eye is on the Sparrow" and "Precious Lord". laugh cool
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#2932840 - 06/14/18 08:26 PM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: SteveCoscia]
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Two Sleepy People, Georgia on my Mind, Stardust, or something else by Hoagie Carmichael. Hoagie Carmichael attended law school(Maurer School of Law in Bloomington Indiana, same school my son attended) before becoming a songwriter. He appeared in a few movies also. Aint Misbehavin is nice. Page 43, which was on a Crosby/Nash album. It may be ideal to be genuine and respectful.

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#2932903 - 06/15/18 08:07 AM Re: Music selections for solo piano at a hospice [Re: SteveVasil]
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My Neck, My Back?

https://youtu.be/MdIPj7xANm0

On a more serious note if it's going to be a regular gig ask them what they'd like to hear you play and go away and learn some of the ones thy suggest that you can play in future elsewhere for the next time your in.

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