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!