April 14, 2020

COVID19 Music List

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all well and staying safe and healthy.  Music can be tremendously helpful during very stressful times and the COVID19 Pandemic is no exception.  Music, has the ability to be really helpful as means of expression for people with developmental diagnoses.  Having someone be able to put your thoughts and feelings into words that send a message you would have a hard time sending can be extremely powerful. Having a playlist of songs that have personal meaning and provide inspiration are excellent miniature morale boosters.  When combining a bunch of them together in a longer playlist, inspirational songs can be a real game changer by providing enough of a boost to shift you out of despair and into proactive coping action.
      For people with developmental diagnoses whose lives function best in times of predicability and routine, the presence alone of the extended physical distancing rules without a known endpoint are extremely difficult.  Combining "stuck" thought loops about the disruptions they cannot control with a less flexible environment (by necessity of the efforts to limit the spread of the illness) adds further stressors that enhance coping difficulty, especially when facing boredom.  It's even harder to come up with solutions to a seemingly unsolvable problem, such as boredom avoidance, which requires cognitive flexibility and being able to think about finding different ways to achieve the desired outcome, when your mind is exhausted with the stress of trying to stay ok.
      That said, the guys in one of my social groups, for young men with developmental diagnoses, have been using sessions to discuss their favorite inspirational songs. Last session, the guys decided they wanted to share their most inspirational songs about uncertainty and staying strong by creating a playlist to share with the rest of the special needs community.  Here is a list of a few songs that each group member contributed to our recent sessions; we listened to each song and discussed what was inspirational to the contributor about staying strong during uncertainty.  This is a very eclectic collection and includes several pieces without words. Each piece holds a personal meaning so don't expect your typical song that you might expect to be here. The guys hope you enjoy their playlist and hope you take some inspiration from the songs they have chosen to create your own morale booster.  As always, we welcome feedback!

The Waiting   by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
I Won't Back Down  by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Waiting On The World To Change  by John Mayer
Touch of Grey  by The Grateful Dead
Ripple  by The Grateful Dead
Iron Lion Zion  by Bob Marley
Three Little Birds  by Bob Marley
Rockin' In The Free World  by Neil Young
The Boys Are Back In Town  by Bad Company
Free Bird  by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Take It Easy  by The Eagles
Simple Man  by Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Boys Are Back  by Dropkick Murphys
We're Coming Back  by The Dead Pets
Like A Rolling Stone  by Bob Dylan
Like A Rock  by Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band
Whatever It Takes  by Imagine Dragons
Promised Land  by Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band
Hold My Hand  by Hootie And The Blowfish
Miracle Mile  by The Cold War Kids
Roll With The Changes  by REO Speedwagon
True To Myself  by Ziggy Marley
Why Worry  by Dire Straits
Man In The Mirror  by Michael Jackson
Bad  by Michael Jackson
Baba Yetu  by The Soweto Gospel Choir
Clair de Lune   by Claude Debussy
Blue Train  by John Coltrane
The Charlie Brown Theme Song  by Vince Guaraldi Trio


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  2. Beautiful! This really helped me out when I was starting to have a hard time dealing with all of this. Thank you!

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