How many song sources do you have on your shelf? How about on your electronic devices? What have you bookmarked for searches?

Even with all of these you are likely open to more.

Add 5 more song sources

These sources are online so you won’t need to grab a heavy book off the shelf or dust around it. The best part is they are FREE.

#1. Public Domain Information Project: Being mindful of copyright is important. Here is one site that can help you.

#2. Music Outfitters Top 100 Songs: Finding songs that by year. This is a nice tool for finding songs from the same year when building out your repertoire list.

#3. Library of Congress:  Your US tax dollars provide you access to photos, news articles, recordings, music and more. This is a treasure trove when you are gathering materials for your sessions.

#4. Song Facts:  Find information on songs and artists. Search for music by topics . This helps you prepare for sessions in less time.

#5. Every Noise: Looking for a type of music to share? Looking for something in a related style? While it won’t give you a particular song, it is a resource for finding things to try.

5 big song sourcesWhat to do with these song sources…

  • Research information to share in sessions.
  • Frame the history around a song or period of time.
  • To guide lyric interpretation.
  • Build your personal knowledge.
  • Identify some outdated paper or electronic files to toss.
  • For those with intergenerational programs with teens and young adults, these resources might be supportive in developing personal and musical histories.

The quality of our services and care are not based upon the number of resources we can get access to. They do inform our work and guide our music choice.

Now, if I could just find a source into which I could sing snippets of songs remembered by people. Having a resource that would help uncover those songs would be a gold mind!

Drop your favorite song resources in the comments below. Together we can make an amazing resource.