K.I.S.S. (Kendra Inspiring Seniors to Sing)

I had the pleasure of visiting an assisted living care center yesterday and witnessing my friend, Kendra Hanson at work.   Kendra and her friend of many years, Janet, travel to several care centers in the Northern Colorado area each month inspiring seniors to sing.  They bring along their portable microphone system and notebooks full of lyric sheets and rhythm instruments.

Yesterday's songs were a collection of love songs in honor of Valentine's day.  "Five-Foot Two and Eyes of Blue" and "Love Me Tender" were a couple of titles we sang harmonies to as the residents sang and played rhythm instruments.

Ever since I met Kendra back in the mid 90's she has carried songs in her heart!  She and I both inherited a treasure of old sheet music from our parents and I know it's hard to let those sit alone in the study.  I'm so glad to hear those wonderful oldies coming to life with people that still remember them being played on the radio. 

I'm so glad to know there are people out there keepin' music real for our older citizens.  The smiles on their faces were so joyful.  And even as some of them seemed unaware or unable to participate with their own voice, I believe the music reached deep down and those melodies will be playing in their heads until the next time she visits!  

Thank you Kendra and Janet.  You continue to give a labor of love as you sing with seniors.
Keep up the great musical work of connection! 

Heather Stenner

Heather Stenner has a passion for life! Her passions play out with music and children of all ages. Heather grew up in the Midwest and realized the importance of each day from a very young age. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when Heather was only 5. The doctors gave her mother 6 months to live. It was during the next 15 years that Heather developed her charismatic and joyful course for her own life! Her mother showed her strength and courage and an intense compassion for others and their suffering. Her mother passed away when Heather was 20 years old. Heather vowed she would continue to live each day as if it were her last. To treat people with compassion and believe in the love we all share for one another. At the age of 37, she became an orphan. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Through it all, Heather realized that MUSIC was one of her coping mechanisms to deal with all the stress that cancer brought into their families lives. She vowed to share her love of music with children, so that it might also be a positive force in their lives! To this day, Heather creates music that has soul and passion. She hopes everyone will remember with the dawning of each day; we are all musical. Feel it in your soul. Keep it to yourself... or give it away.