Category Archives: Dancing

Things you say and do just thrill me through and through

“You’re pretty good on that piano, young lady.” Wayne was in his usual spot at a table near the front, wearing his usual outfit of plaid shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap. He’s a talkative 91-year-old World War II veteran … Continue reading

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That’s when the music takes me closer to a brighter day

Some of my most gratifying moments as a volunteer pianist are small and easy to miss if I don’t watch for them. They are the times when my music proves irresistible to a listener. Here’s one: Fran gave me a … Continue reading

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You make me feel like dancing

Two winters ago, the band I was in played for a fundraiser at a local retirement center, their first “Dance for the Cure” to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Members of the band arrived early, to set up and do … Continue reading

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Up on the roof

In late 2011, staff of the All Things Considered program on National Public Radio asked listeners to share memories of music that reminded them of winter. Veronica Horton offered a charming childhood reminiscence about dancing on the roof of an … Continue reading

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Inoculated with a syncopated sort of meter

The jitterbug champ. That was Leo. Even his obituary noted it, in a long list of ways he endeared himself to family and friends, colleagues and caregivers. Alzheimer’s disease didn’t seem to slow him down much. As long as I … Continue reading

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Shall we dance?

A while back I introduced you to Sally, now 98 years old, who loves to dance. After I wrote that post, Fred came on the scene. My music often inspires dancing. But unfortunately I don’t see a lot of it. … Continue reading

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I’m in a dancing mood

Sally is dancing again. She has set aside her walker and taken her place next to the piano bench, her hand resting lightly along the side of the walnut grand. A tiny 97-year-old fireball sporting a silver cap of bob-cut … Continue reading

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