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Sing For Good Mental Health

 

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What are your favorite Broadway Show Songs?

Can you narrow it down to just five songs?

That is a really hard question to answer because there are millions of great Broadway Show songs.

I want to say every song in Jersey Boys, but technically those are not show songs.

Then there is the issue of ‘feel good’ songs Vs ‘inspirational’ Broadway songs.

It is really hard to decide. But here goes my list in alphabetical order.

1. All That Jazz

2. If I Were a Rich Man

3. Okalahoma

4. 76 Trombones

5. Sunrise Sunset

The reason I bring this subject up is that recently I read an article that singing show songs can help stave off dementia.

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 From the Daily News:

A recent research study found that those suffering from moderate to severe dementia did particularly well singing show tunes from movies and musicals such as ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ in group settings and had a marked improvement in their remembering skills versus those who simply listened during the sing-alongs.

A study by U.S. scientists has shown that the brain function of those suffering from dementia can be improved if they belt out their favorite show tunes.

Researchers working with elderly residents at an East Coast care home found in a four-month long study found that people who sang their favorite songs showed a marked improvement compared to those who just listened.

Among the songs sung during 50-minute sessions were hits from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music.”

The most improvement was among those sufferers with moderate to severe dementia.

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How interesting. How wonderful. How fun.

I wonder if we all sang more show songs would it help stave off onset of dementia before onset.? Would it make us happy? Would it make us feel better?

I think this is an absolutely, positively wonderful idea!

The world today would be a much happier place if we all broke out in song every day.

God knows we need something in these uber-angry days when everyone seems on-edge, and unhappy and ready to bite your head off.

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Featured Recipe        Rainier Cherry Salsa for  Pork Chops

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I love this recipe because it looks so elegant. People will think you slaved all day.

Au contraire. This is super, super, SUPER fast and easy dish to make.

It is also SO delicious.

The salsa goes very well on white fish too.

This is what you will need for 3-4 people:

3-4 pork chops

1 pound fresh Rainier Cherries

3-4 shallots

2 tablespoons champagne vinegar **

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

Parsley for garnish

Salt and pepper to taste

** For a sweeter salsa use Raspberry Vinegar.

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Here is what you do:

Wash, pit and slice the cherries.

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Peel and slice the shallots, cutting out any yellow or green pieces in the shallot.

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Combine the cherries, shallots, vinegar, and olive oil in a blow and gently mix well.

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Add a bit of salt and pepper if desired.

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Lightly cover and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

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Fry, grill, or broil your chops. I fried mine in some EVOO with just some salt and pepper.

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Chop the parsley.

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Place chops on a plate and spoon some of the salsa on top. Garnish with some parsley.

Voilà, Instant gourmet!!!!!!!!!

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Bon Appétite

Cost

3 pork chops                          $4.90 *

1 lb Rainier Cherries               $4.99

3-4 shallots                            $0.63

2 tbspns champ vinegar           $0.57

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil      $0.30

Parsley for garnish                 $0.10

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $11.49
Cost per person (3) $3.83

* I used the least expensive chops I could buy. Cost will vary depending on what kind of chops you use.

Quote of the Day

Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious, its mysterious. Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.

Bob Fosse

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11 comments to Sing For Good Mental Health

  • What a yummy recipe! Love cherries. I’m eating them right now. Rainiers.
    I’m guessing singing is sort of automatic. Songs make for sticky memories. Probably singing stimulates certain parts of the brain. I guess I should sing more often but when I do, Jake howls. 🙂

    • Roberta

      Jake just wants to get in on the fun. 🙂 Hooooowwwlll.

      Have to admit recipe is yummy….and one of the best recipes I have ever created. Did I tell you I am also very humble. LOL 🙂

  • How can anyone listen to 76 trombones and be sad. I need to find more information about this – what a great idea!

    I’ve never heard of this sauce and I’m in love without even tasting it first!

    • Roberta

      I know. Feel the same way about 76 Trombones, Maureen. If you find anything new or different about singing than I have seen so far, please let me know, Maureen. This is a topic that interests me. Glad you like the sauce. It is really good if I say so myself.

  • Cindy

    So cool Rah, and beautiful food! I grew up singing show tunes, just saw a reprise of “The King and I” a childhood fave.. Along with “Oklahoma! Let the wind come sweeping down the plains.. :-)”

  • Cindy

    What a cool post, and beautiful food! I grew up singing show tunes. Just saw a reprise of “The King and I” a childhood fave.. Along with “Oklahoma, let the wind come sweeping down the plains..” 🙂

    • Roberta

      Thank you, Cindy. I thought the post was interesting too. I am going to be singing a lot more now, even though I have a tin eat. LOL Love ‘Oklahoma’ too! Glad you like the recipe too.

  • Carol Sternberg

    Dinner tonight!!
    At the nursing home where my Mom now lives. Sing-A-Longs are frequent throughout the week. It’s wonder and very much enjoyed.

    • Roberta

      How wonderful! The place where my brother is does not do anything like that as far as I know. I should mention it to them and share a copy of the article I saw. Thanks, Carol.

  • Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories of show music heard on an old valve radio as a boy before we got TV in Africa. Even though we were a British society, we heard a lot of Broadway musicals.

    Last year I was invited to join a group of senior musicians and singers at their Friday night country music jams during summer. I am still a novice guitarist and just try to strum along quietly in the background. It’s amazing to see many singers, guitar players and fiddlers in their 80s get up on stage and do their 2 or 3 numbers each Friday.

    At 65, I am one of the youngest, it gives me hope that in another 15 years I might be able to play half decently.

    • Roberta

      Always welcome, dear friend. Being a part of the senior musicians is cool, Peter. Always good for the soul, mind, and body to have something to do and look forward every week. I am sure you will meet your goal of ‘playing half decently.’ 🙂 🙂 🙂