- I'm a volunteer pianist dedicated to bringing music to residents of retirement communities, assisted living centers, and memory-care facilities. Stories unfold around me when I play. I tell those stories here.
Category Archives: Dancing
“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
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
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
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
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
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