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