If there is one thing we can learn from our elders, it is how to appreciate music. Many of our parents and grandparents were around when jazz music first started catching on and getting popular among the masses, so who better to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with than the people who were there when it all began?
Whether you are the family caregiver or your senior loved one has an elder care provider, there are many ways to enjoy spending time with your aging parents, and music is one of them. Try carving out some time to just sit and listen to this playlist together – you might get to hear some interesting stories about where they were when they first heard these songs!
- “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles – This touching song of yearning has endured for almost a century. Written in 1930, it wasn’t until it was recorded by Ray Charles in the early 1960s that the song became the beloved classic it is today, thanks to his deep, introspective interpretation of it. This one is perfect if you’re feeling wistful, but be warned – you might need a tissue!
- “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday – This haunting tune actually began as a poem written by Abel Meeropol in 193, and is a protest song against the lynching of African Americans and racism in general. The song was first sung and recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939, and was made a solid, unforgettable part of our American heritage by her soft, husky voice that carries through to your soul.
- “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra – Now for something a bit more upbeat! Frank Sinatra is one of the most well-known singers of our time. He appeared in many movies, and produced hundreds of songs over the course of his lifetime, many of which are irresistibly catchy! This one is no exception. “Fly Me to the Moon” is an upbeat song whose purpose is to tell someone how much you care about them. “In other words,” Sinatra sings, “I love you.”
- “My Funny Valentine” by Ella Fitzgerald – Although many artists have sung this song, written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1937, no one sings it “jazzier” than the great Ella Fitzgerald. The song is about loving someone in spite of the goofy things they may say, or the quirky things they might do – something that we can all hope for in the ones we love!
- “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong – This song is iconic, thanks to the gravelly singing voice of Louis Armstrong. It is impossible not to be transported to better places, full of “trees of green” and “skies of blue” while you listen to it. It makes you really appreciate life and what you have, which is always a welcome feeling. What a wonderful way to end a playlist!
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the great jazz songs and singers you can listen to during jazz appreciation month. Once you find something that your parent loves, you can even extend jazz month throughout the year, and have yourself or your elder care aide play those songs for them every day, because everyone could use a little more jazz in their life!
If you or an aging loved one are interested in hiring elder care in Sun Lakes, AZ or the surrounding areas, please contact the professional team at Devoted Guardians Home Care. Call today at (800) 699-4781 or (480) 999-3012.
Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.
Aaron is currently the CEO and owner of Devoted Guardians a Non-Medical In Homecare Agency covering the entire Phoenix valley. Aaron has been CEO since 2012 and running businesses since 2005.