Let the music begin

February 28th, 2013

I’m really keen to bring music to my workshops, and having no talent whatsoever with any form of instrument or voice, I have to rely on technology. Thank goodness for those devices, I say.

With the help of social networks I’ve been collating a bunch of songs suitable for all sorts of situations that arise in workshops and meetings. Now all I have to do is work out how to play said songs on demand in the middle of a workshop. One step at a time though.

Stuck In A Moment (U2) – people who can’t, or won’t shift

Gimme A Little Sign (Brenton Wood) – for those blank faces in the audience

Pick Yourself Up (Jerome Kern) – avoiding self-flagellation after inevitable failure

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones) – self explanatory really

We Don’t Need Another Hero (Tina Turner) – for all those facilitators trying too hard

Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (The Animals) – works both ways, I guess

Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (The Shirelles) – for those of us who like to be liked, even after difficult workshops

What’s Going On? (Marvin Gaye) – indeed! I ask myself this a lot!

Human Touch (The Boss) – making best use of having living, breathing human beings in the room

Ooby Dooby (Creedance Clearwater Revival) – nope, I don’t understand a word either

How Do You Do It? (Gerry and The Pacemakers) – well, that’s Secret Facilitation Business!

Hi Ho Silver Lining (Jeff Beck) – one for the optimists

Hard-headed Woman (Cat Stevens) – I can be that if needed

Go Now (Moody Blues) – When it’s over, it’s over

Get Over It (Eagles) – and yourself, for all those self-important types

Dumb Things (Paul Kelly) – I know, that’s not very nice, is it?

I Feel Good (James Brown) – who wouldn’t feel good after listening to a bit of Mr Brown?

Room to Move (John Mayall) – pure genius, and so true. Get rid of the tables!

So Hard to Share (John Mayall) – this never happens, surely?

The World Keep on Turning (Fleetwood Mac) – even while workshops happen!

Nowhere To Run (Martha and The Vandelles) – more’s the pity sometimes

Jigsaw Puzzle Blues (Fleetwood Mac) – for all those people who don’t like ‘those’ sorts of activities

Five O’Clock World (The Vogues) – yeah, bring it on

The Times They Are A Changin’ (Bob Dylan) – too obvious?

Danger, Heartbreak Ahead (Marvelettes) – it’s gonna be a tough day

Merry Go Round (Terri Clarke) – here we go again!



5 Comments so far

  1. Dieter Weinand on March 3, 2013 9:07 pm

    Hi Viv,

    Thank you so much for raising this topic as I have been trying to use music effectively and intentionally for years in my training and facilitation. I would really like to know how you are planning to use this in your processes, especially choosing the right music to create the appropriate ambiance.

    Music is such an important tool to communicate ideas, themes and atmosphere and I too have very talent in this arena.

    Thanks for your ideas so far!


  2. Viv McWaters on March 4, 2013 8:43 am

    Hi Dieter
    I’m a real beginner when it comes to using music so I will bow to others who are more experienced. I was greatly influenced by Rich Allen who did a workshop at a conference I was at. His workshop was aimed at classroom teachers, but some of the principles sounded good for facilitators too. I wrote about it here.

    So far I’ve made a playlist on my iPod and just have it playing as people arrive at a workshop and during activities etc. I haven’t yet been able to apply certain songs to certain situations, though I’d like to. I do notice that music changes the ambience in the room, and has effect on my mood as well, which I suppose is all good.

  3. Gobinda Poudal on March 4, 2013 2:19 pm

    This is great idea to have appropriate music during the workshop. There are some Nepali musics that I have been using for some time like KUTUBA, Malshree, Rastriya geet, etc. Thank you Viv for writing this. I am sure this added value in the workshop, facilitation.

  4. Izzy Gesell on March 6, 2013 4:08 am

    Love this approach, Viv! How about these 2:

    “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell for overcoming “stuck-ness”

    “These Words” by Natasha Bedingfield. Creativity and co-creation

  5. Viv McWaters on March 6, 2013 9:42 pm

    Izzy, if I knew music would bring you out of hiding I would have done this a long time ago! Great suggestions. How do?

Name (required)

Email (required)


Speak your mind

This blog is kept spam free by WP-SpamFree.