I don’t know if you have heard of the new NBC show called “Songland” but it’s pretty amazing. It’s a series where songwriters get their songs produced and recorded by popular artists. I’m guilty, I haven’t watched it yet. BUT, I have thoroughly enjoyed one of the songs that came out of the show.
One song in particular, has been on my playlist and in my intervention rotation lately. It’s called “Be Nice” and it’s performed by the Black Eyed Peas, and written by Adam Friedman. Check out the video below!
This song was brought in by one of my clients and it ended up being such a wonderful catalyst for great discussions around bullying, friends, school, and self-esteem. It’s a great song with a great message. Here are a few ways I have used this song so far:
- Lyric Analysis: Have clients use a highlighter to select 5-10 words or phrases that stand out to them. Use these words as a discussion starter, or as a way to write your own song using those selected words.
- Movement: This song has a great Verse:Chorus repetition and it’s a great structure for incorporating movement. I’ve used lots of body percussion with this song since it’s in the song anyway. It’s fun to have movements ready for each section, but then encourage clients to make up their own part for the bridge!
- Songwriting: This song has helped some of my clients with writing songs because of the format, but also because of the focus on simple yet meaningful ideas. Using the verses for things that the client wants/feels, using the chorus as a space for what they want to say to others and using the bridge as a way to further describe what is happening. This song makes song structure really accessible and understandable for lots of clients of many ages!
How would you use this song in your session? I’d love to hear your ideas!