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Did my first night as a volunteer musician on call in the ICU, oncology and transplant wards at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. My duo partner has a killer voice and I play acoustic with a ToneWood Amp on the back (my secret weapon). You have to play from the MOC approved song list, no songs about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics (unless they ask). But it doesn't matter, the people are just so grateful. It changes their whole mindset.

We played/sang What A Wonderful World, Moon River, Sweet Pea (Amos Lee), Amazing Grace, Melissa, and a few others for two hours on three floors. A couple of folks started to cry and I almost did too. 14 patients and 13 family members. One guy was asking about my guitar how did I get it to sound so good and we got so many sincere compliments and thanks yous, it was very, very moving.

I'm on regular rotation now so I'll be doing this monthly. So great to use whatever minor skills I have to raise the spirits of folks in such rough shape. The hospital staff was awesome too. We get valet parking and a $7 cafeteria voucher, but no other comp. But honestly I would pay to do it, it was so damn rewarding.
 

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What, you only know religious songs Mal?

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I didn't think there were songs that weren't about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics.

That's pretty much every Rock, Blues, Metal, Country song....right there. Even in your list you said you played Amazing Grace,..so you snuck one in. (religion)

I am in no way knocking the good work done. Just that it seems like most music is on that forbidden list. So if someone said, "play me a song that isn't about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics",...I'd probably play the theme song to Popeye the Sailor Man,...and be done.
 

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Even in your list you said you played Amazing Grace,..so you snuck one in. (religion)
It was requested. So was the Allman Bros song.

That's the one exception. It would be rather awkward to play Knockin' on Heaven's Door to a terminally ill patient or Amazing Grace to an atheist.

And we will eventually be playing in children's hospitals, so Highway To Hell is right out.
 

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Here's the current MOC approved song list. It is my intention to beef this up significantly:

JAZZ/TRADITIONAL POP
Al Jolson - I'm Sitting on Top of the World
Bobby Darin - Dream Lover
Bobby Darin - Splish Splash
Dean Martin - Mambo Italiano
Dean Martin - That's Amore
Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)
Ella Fitzgerald - Begin the Beguine (change "dead" and "Heaven")
Ella Fitzgerald - Blue Skies
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To the Moon
Frank Sinatra - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
Hoagy Carmichael - The Nearness of You
Jazz standard - All The Things You Are
Jazz standard - Almost Like Being In Love
Jazz standard - Embraceable You
Jazz standard - For Sentimental Reasons
Jazz standard - Georgia On My Mind
Jazz standard - I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me
Jazz standard - I've Got a Crush on You
Jazz standard - I've Got the World on a String
Jazz standard - In A Sentimental Mood
Jazz standard - Let's Fall in Love
Les Paul & Mary Ford - The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
Louis Armstrong - On the Sunny Side of the Street
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Nat King Cole - On the Sidewalks of New York
Nat King Cole - Route 66
Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago
Ruth Etting - Shine On Harvest Moon
The Browns - The Old Lamplighter
Vera Lynn - The White Cliffs of Dover

FOLK/SINGER-SONGWRITER
Alyssa Bonagura - I Make My Own Sunshine
Amos Lee - Sweet Pea
Audrey Hepburn - Moon River
Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses
Brandi Carlile - Have You Ever
Buddy Holly – Everyday
Cat Stevens - If You Want to Sing Out, Sing
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love
Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
Jack Johnson - Better Together
James Morrison - Precious Love
James Taylor - Carolina In My Mind (Change "cryin'" and "dyin'" to "sighin'")
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
James Taylor - You've Got a Friend
Jeremy Passion - Lemonade (suggested change: "Tylenol" to "comfort")
Jim Croce - I Got a Name
Jim Sturgess - I've Just Seen a Face
John Denver - Calypso
Lead Belly - Cotton Fields
Melanie Safka - Brand New Key
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Pete Seeger and Lee Hays - If I Had a Hammer
Peter, Paul and Mary - Somos El Barco
Rachel Sermanni - Breathe Easy
Simon & Garfunkel - 59th Street Bridge (Feelin' Groovy)
Steve Goodman - City of New Orleans
The Brothers Four - Frog Went a Courtin' (change "horny toad" to "big ole toad")
The Hollies - Bus Stop (change "quite insane" to "had some fame")
The Wood Brothers - Luckiest Man (change "the devil" to "my friend")
Traditional African American Folk - Crawdad
Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land

R & B
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools
Aretha Franklin – RESPECT
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good
Charles Wright - Express Yourself
Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
Creedence Clearwater Revival / Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Etta James - At Last
Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
Grand Funk Railroad - Some Kind of Wonderful
Jackson 5 - A -B -C
Jackson 5 - I want you back
Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swingin
Lionel Richie - Stuck On You
Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
Miracles - Shop Around
Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay
Otis Redding - Johnny Be Goode
Rose Royce - Car Wash
Sam Cooke - Honest You Do
Sam Cooke - Twistin The Night Away
Sam Cooke - What a Wonderful World This Would Be
Sister Sledge - We Are Family [substitute "upset" for "depressed"]
Sly & The Family Stone - Dance to the Music
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amor
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
The Drifters - This Magic Moment
The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk
The Fifth Dimension - Up, Up and Away
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
The Temptations - My Girl
The Temptations - The Way You Do The Things You Do

BROADWAY
Gypsy - Everything's Coming Up Roses
Judy Garland - The Trolley Song ("scared me half to death" change to "took my breath away")
Julie Andrews - The Sound of Music
My Fair Lady - I Could Have Danced All Night
My Fair Lady - On the Street Where You Live
My Fair Lady - Wouldn't It Be Loverly
Oklahoma - Oh What A Beautiful Morning
Singin' in the Rain - Singin' in the Rain
The Music Man - Til There Was You
The Sound of Music - Edelweiss

ROCK
Billy Joel - New York State of Mind
Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
Bobby Day - Rockin' Robbin
Chicago - Saturday in the Park
Coldplay - Green Eyes
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down on the Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin' Out My Back Door
Dave Matthews Band - Satellite
Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music
Elton John - Crocodile Rock [substitute jived for died]
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
Firefall - You are the Woman
First Class - Beach Baby
Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop
Foo Fighters - Times Like These
Grand Funk Railroad - The Loco-Motion
Herman's Hermits - Can't You Hear My Heartbeat
Herman's Hermits - I'm Henry VIII
John Fogerty - Centerfield
Johnny Otis - Willie and the Hand Jive
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison - You Got It
Scorpions - Wind of Change
Steve Miller Band - Swingtown
Sting - Fields of Gold
The Archies - Sugar Sugar
The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA
The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
The Crickets - It's So Easy
The Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling [Change "I may never see you" to "I can't wait to see you"]
The Eagles - Take It Easy
The Marshall Tucker Band - Virginia
The Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong
The Romantics - What I Like About You
The Troggs - Love is All Around
The Turtles - Happy Together
Tommy Roe - Sweet Pea
 

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Did my first night as a volunteer musician on call in the ICU, oncology and transplant wards at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. My duo partner has a killer voice and I play acoustic with a ToneWood Amp on the back (my secret weapon). You have to play from the MOC approved song list, no songs about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics (unless they ask). But it doesn't matter, the people are just so grateful. It changes their whole mindset.

We played/sang What A Wonderful World, Moon River, Sweet Pea (Amos Lee), Amazing Grace, Melissa, and a few others for two hours on three floors. A couple of folks started to cry and I almost did too. 14 patients and 13 family members. One guy was asking about my guitar how did I get it to sound so good and we got so many sincere compliments and thanks yous, it was very, very moving.

I'm on regular rotation now so I'll be doing this monthly. So great to use whatever minor skills I have to raise the spirits of folks in such rough shape. The hospital staff was awesome too. We get valet parking and a $7 cafeteria voucher, but no other comp. But honestly I would pay to do it, it was so damn rewarding.
No songs about religion, but you played 'Amazing Grace"?

Now, THAT'S "Rock-n-Roll"!

Seriously, though, you guys are doing an awesome thing.:thumb:
 

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That's really an awesome thing man! My dad was admitted to a nursing home out of state from me and by the time I got there he had the whole place waiting for full on shindig. I played there for the days I visited but plan on moving back to be around him and making a point to play on a regular basis.
They might be up in years and in not that great a shape but they still know how to have fun.
 

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Some others that I may try to get them to accept:

93 Million Miles - Jason Mraz
A Song For You - Leon Russell
Any Major Dude Will Tell You - Steely Dan
Arms of A Woman - Amos Lee
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Born On The Bayou - CCR
Come On Up To The House - Tom Waits
Daydream - The Lovin' Spoonful
Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
Everything's Made For Love - Diana Krall
Falling Slowly - Hansard/Irglova
Get Together - The Youngbloods
Green River - CCR
I Would Never - The Blue Nile
If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crowe
If It's Magic - Stevie Wonder
Lead The Way - Lizz Wright
Life Is Beautiful - Keb' Mo'
Listen To The Music - Doobie Bors
Love Potion #9 - The Zombies
My Guy - Smokey Robinson/Mary Wells
Nature Boy - Eden Ahbez
Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
One Lonely Night - Amos Lee
Open Arms - Patty Larkin
Our House - CSN&Y
Rainbow Connection - Kermit The Frog
Rikki Don't Lose That Number - Steely Dan
Rivers & Roads - The Head and the Heart
Sail Away - David Gray
Spooky Stormy Mashup - The Classics Five
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Summertime - Gershwin
Take It Easy - Eagles
Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton
The Letter - Boxtops
Up On Cripple Creek - The Band
Wildflowers - Tom Petty
Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da - Beatles
Two Of Us - Beatles
When I'm Sixty-Four - Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles
Your Mother Should Know - Beatles
Maybe I'm Amazed - Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles
Forever Young - Dylan
Girl From The North Country - Dylan
Mr. Tambourine Man - Dylan
Wagon Wheel - Dylan
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Dylan
Acony Bell - Gillian Welch
Down Along The Dixie Line - Gillian Welch
One More Dollar - Gillian Welch
Red Clay Halo - Gillian Welch
500 Miles - Roseanne Cash Version
Miss The Mississippi - Roseanne Cash Version
Days Like This - Van Morrison
Moondance - Van Morrison
And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
 

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Well we did our second gig as a MOC duo on Tuesday night at the local VA hospital community center. It's where the house vets who are too sick for home care, but not sick enough for the ICU. Most of the guys (and a few women) are bed-bound and in rough shape. We played for 21 vets and 9 family members going room to room. It seems every time we play "It's A Wonderful World" people start to cry. Here are the lyrics:

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They're really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world
 
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I didn't think there were songs that weren't about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics.

That's pretty much every Rock, Blues, Metal, Country song....right there. Even in your list you said you played Amazing Grace,..so you snuck one in. (religion)

I am in no way knocking the good work done. Just that it seems like most music is on that forbidden list. So if someone said, "play me a song that isn't about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics",...I'd probably play the theme song to Popeye the Sailor Man,...and be done.

Mal, old school Country songs. Pickup trucks, hound dogs, and cheating wives.
 

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Cheating Wives that got killed, and hound dogs that died.

:laugh2: " death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics."
 




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