Party Rock Anthem

October 24, 2011

Today I had a really great group with one of my students.  Fifteen or twenty minutes into the session, a new resident was brought into the room and my student began talking about “shuffling” the wheelchairs.  I don’t know who it was who started it, but one of us began singing, “every day I’m shuffling…” and before we knew it, we had the entire group of elderly nursing home residents playing instruments and singing along with the refrain to a song that was released six months ago.

The best part, is that in the song there is a section where the singer says, “Shake that!”  All of the residents in the group were playing shakers or tambourines, so when we said (adapted) “Shake it!” all of them not only were shaking their instruments, but they were shaking their shoulders and wiggling in their wheelchairs as well.  People were tapping their feet and seemed to really enjoy the adapted dance anthem we spontaneously brought to the group.  Upon closer examination and adaptation, if you choose to use the song, consider these (very repetitive) lyrics:

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Party rock is in the house tonight, 

Everybody just have a good time!

Party rock is in the house tonight,

Everybody just have a good time!

-Repeat the first three lines, and on the last line, 

We  just want to see you – Shake it!

(Shaking break)

(Movement/exercise section below- a part I adapted just now after listening to the song)

Put ’em up, Put ’em down, 

Put your hands up to the sound

Put ’em up, Put ’em down

Put your hands up to the sound

Put ’em up, Put ’em down, 

Put your hands up to the sound, Put your hands up to the sound, Put your hands up to the sound, 

Put your hands up, Put your hands up, Put your hands up, (repeat “put your hands up” as many times as you want and then go back to the beginning – we ended with a ritardando and “everybody just have a good time…”)

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I usually don’t bring newer songs into a group unless there is an obvious clinical purpose.  Apparently, Party Rock Anthem can easily be turned into a clinical/movement song.  I wonder if LMFAO had any idea someone like me would someday be using their song like this?

Every day I’m shuff-ff-ffling…

 

 

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One Response to “Party Rock Anthem”

  1. Yeah, this weekend, we’re going to Arkansas for a frisbee tournament. A halloween themed frisbee tournament. And my team’s theme? Party Rock Anthem. Did we have a practice session for dancing instead of frisbee? You betcha! We learned that dance as a team. And this weekend we are gonna “have a good time”!

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