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Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 

 

The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.

 

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Music Was My First Love


“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

NEWS ROUND UP

Donald Trump's State Visit to the UK happened last week. He met with HM Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles over a few days, whilst protests took place in Trafalgar Square. Before he landed he was filmed calling London Mayor, Sadhiq Khan, a "complete loser" and called Meghan "nasty". How to win friends and influence people!

6th June 2019 commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings in Normandy in 1944. 'Operation Overlord', saw over 209,000 Allied casualties (killed, wounded or went missing), with nearly 37,000 dead among ground forces and 16,714 deaths amongst Allied air forces. The 5 beaches involved in the Landing at Normandy were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. We asked if members had parents or grandparents involved in this historic day, which marked the largest seaborne invasion in history?

Unassuming 81 year old pensioner Luigi Rimonti made headlines, after his road journey from Newcastle to Rome (he is Italian) went spectacularly wrong. He made a 1,000 mile detour to a tiny German village called Rom, as he made an error entering Rome into his sat nav. Things went from bad to worse, as when he got out of the car he forgot to put his handbrake on and he was knocked down by his car door. He was okay, but his Jaguar was written off.

In other news, a suspected unexploded bomb on the banks of the River Thames turned out to be a giant glittery Christmas bauble. Tower Hamlets Police attended the scene and were apparently left in hysterics when they realised what the offending item was.

THEME

The theme for last week's 'CST Friendship Group' was 'Music', as June 21st marks 'World Music Day'. We started the discussion with some open ended questions about members' connections with music.

What was the first single members ever brought? (Go around the room)

What are members' favourite artists? What are their favourite albums? Do they have a favourite song?

What is the BBC Radio 4 show called that has celebrities pick their 8 favourite tracks to take with them if they were castaway? DESERT ISLAND DISCS

What are the two books Castaways are given? BIBLE & COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE

Do members have a favourite book they would take with them?

What about their luxury item that they would take, to make life more bearable?

IDIOMS

We then asked members to complete the following phrases ...

Music makes the world GO ROUND Like a broken RECORD Blow your own TRUMPET Music to my EARS Face the MUSIC Play it by EAR As fit as a FIDDLE Hit the right NOTE It takes two to TANGO And all that JAZZ March to the beat of your own DRUM Swan SONG Strike a CHORD Sing a different TUNE Going for a SONG Play it by EAR As clean as a WHISTLE Clear as a BELL Tickle the IVORY Make a sing and DANCE about something Drum up SUPPORT Sing from the same HYMN SHEET

QUIZ / DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

At what speed did a single play at in the 1960s? 78 RPM

What speed do LPs play at? 33 RPM

What is another name for a record player? GRAMAPHONE

Does anyone still have a cassette player?

Did anyone used to tape the Top 40 to listen to throughout the week?

What year was the last video cassette recorder made in Japan? JULY 22, 2016

Does anyone still have one?

Who had Betamax vs VHS?

What replaced the VCR? DVD PLAYER

What, connected with music, was the 'Cats whisker'? RADIO SIGNAL DETECTOR

What replaced analogue radio? DAB

What does D.A.B. stand for? DIGITAL AUDIO BROADCASTING

Which offshore radio station was broadcast from a ship? RADIO CAROLINE (founded in 1964)

Name some famous Radio 1 DJs ...

1960s TONY BLACKBURN - Launched Radio 1 on 30 September, 1967 The first track ever played was The Move's 'Flowers In The Rain' JOHN PEEL TERRY WOGAN JIMMY YOUNG TOMMY VANCE EMPEROR ROSKO KENNY EVERETT ED STEWART JOHNNIE WALKER DAVE LEE TRAVIS NOEL EDMONDS DAVE LEE TRAVIS KENNY EVERETT

1970s ANNIE NIGHTINGALE BOB HARRIS ALAN FREEMAN RICHARD SKINNER DAVID HAMILTON PAUL GAMBACCINI SIMON BATES DAVID JENSEN PETER POWELL MIKE READ ANDY PEEBLES

Which of the above DJs had a feature called 'Our Song'? SIMON BATES

Who went on to have a hit TV comedy career? KENNY EVERETT

Who's nickname was 'Whispering'? BOB HARRIS

Whose nickname was 'Diddy'? DAVID HAMILTON

Who went on to host a successful BBC chat show? TERRY WOGAN

Who went on to have a 'House Party'? NOEL EDMONDS

Which animal is associated with the HMV record label? JACK RUSSELL

What record label did the Beatles release records under? APPLE

What year did 'Top Of The Tops' start? 1964

Who hosted BBC 2's 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'? RICHARD WILLIAMS (from 1971, THEN BOB HARRIS (from 1972), then ANNIE NIGHTINGALE (from 1980)

Who hosted Channel 4's 'The Tube'? PAULA WILCOX AND JOOLS HOLLAND

What artists or groups have people seen live?

Has anyone been to Glastonbury or another festival?

What was the seminal music festival held in Bethel, New York, from August 15-18, 1969, which attracted an audience of 400,000? WOODSTOCK

PICTURES / MUSIC ROUND

Next, ask members to look at the pictures (click photo above for link and print them out for the tables) of popular albums of the 1960s, 70s & 80s.

(Better still, if you have these or other albums of the same period, bring those in, so members can hold and feel the real thing.)

From the Spotify Playlist ...

(link here https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/6RSLuSWraV1Ajc5MxnVG5e?si=Nt7OUIX-S0qdyP1d9a09Fw )

... ask the relevant question below and play a track (or a verse and chorus) from each album and ask members to identify it.

Ask members to comment on the music, the lyrics, whether they have that album in their collection, what made it so popular etc.

What albums are missing from the list? Which would they add?

Ask members the following questions ...

Which album is the top selling internationally of all time? MICHAEL JACKSON'S 'THRILLER' - 66M SALES

Which album had the longest ever run in the charts (Billboard 200)? PINK FLOYD'S 'DARK SIDE OF THE MOON' - 942 WEEKS

Which British female artist was the first to have a number 1 song with a self written song? KATE BUSH; WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Which album was the first produced under the Virgin Records label? MIKE OLDFIELD'S 'TUBULAR BELLS'

Which album was based on a science fiction novel written by HG Wells in 1898? JEFF WAYNE'S 'WAR OF THE WORLDS'

Which artist was lead singer with the group Genesis? PHIL COLLINS

Which album was penned by a blind artist? STEVIE WONDER'S 'SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE'

Which album was sung by a man whose real name is Michael Lee Aday? 'BAT OUT OF HELL', MEATLOAF

Which album is written and performed by a group named after a bird? EAGLES, 'HOTEL CALIFORNIA'

Thinking of 'THE SOUND OF BREAD', can members name any different types of bread? FRENCH STICK, TIGER BREAD, WHITE TIN, GRANARY, RYE BREAD, SOUR DOUGH ETC

Can members name the 3 Bee Gee brothers, who wrote and performed 'SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER'? BARRY, MAURICE AND ROBIN

What might members have for 'BREAKFAST IN AMERICA'? PANCAKES WITH MAPLE SYRUP, BAGEL WITH CREAM CHEESE, MUFFIN WITH BACON AND EGGS OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP, CINAMMON ROLLS ETC

Which album contained a track used as the theme for BBC's Grand Prix and Formula One coverage? FLEETWOOD MAC'S 'RUMOURS' ('The Chain')

Which album has a track which contains the lyric "When you're down and out, feeling small. When tears are in your eyes, I will comfort you."? SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, 'BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS'

Which album had the singer songwriter feeling 'Blue'? JONI MITCHELL'S 'BLUE'

Which artist's religion was Rastafarian? (Apparently he was buried with his guitar, a soccer ball, a marijuana bud, a ring and a bible) BOB MARLEY

Which artist has the middle name Hercules? ELTON JOHN (Though his real name is Reg Dwight)

Which album contains the track 'SUPERSTAR'? CARPENTERS

Which album had Robert Plant singing about a 'Stairway' (to heaven)? LED ZEPPELIN V1

Which album contained an operatic song sung by Freddie Mercury? A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY)

On the cover of the David Bowie album, what was the character with the lightning bolt across his face? ALADDIN SANE

Who was the 'Piano Man'? BILLY JOEL

Which artist wrote a song about "The day the music (Buddy Holly) died? DON MCLEAN (AMERICAN PIE)

James Taylor had a hit off Carole King's album 'Tapestry'. What was it? YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND

The Beatles album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was released in which year? 1967

Which group had a hit single with 'Thank You For The Music'? ABBA (THE ALBUM)

BONUS TRACKS (IF TIME)

Who sang that 'Music Was His First Love'? JOHN MILES

Who 'Wrote The Songs That Make The Whole World Sing'? BARRY MANILOW

'Video Killed The Radio Star' was a hit for which group? THE BUGGLES

Who was a morning DJ on W.O.L.D.? HARRY CHAPIN

Which group would like to 'Teach The World To Sing'? THE NEW SEEKERS

ACTIVITY

We have a facilitator and a client who both can play guitar; one electric, one acoustic. So we printed music sheets out for a few Beatles songs and 'jammed' for a while.

Other members took their choice of musical instrument from the 'music box' (which includes tambourines, shakers, triangle, xylophone, hand drum etc) and played along.

Of course, we all had song lyric sheets so we could sing-along, but due to the choice of music most members knew all the words anyways.

It was a lovely free music session, with everyone contributing something and much laughter at the odd 'bum note' or disintegrating ending.

A round of applause at the end of each song added to the overall 'live' feel of the performance.


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