- 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: Singers
Remember the scene in The Music Man when the gossiping women from town sing “Pick a Little, Talk a Little” (cheep, cheep, cheep)? The school board arrives, demanding to see Professor Harold Hill’s credentials. Hill distracts them by singing “Goodnight, … Continue reading
I don’t read novels very often—I prefer biographies and memoirs—but I recently enjoyed Elizabeth Is Missing, a mystery by Emma Healey. The main character, an elderly London woman named Maud, narrates her own story. She fears that something terrible has … Continue reading
A musician friend once mentioned that he’d heard someone describe Perry Como’s voice as sounding “like mashed potatoes.” Neither of us quite understood the analogy, but I think it might have had to do with mashed potatoes being comfort food. … Continue reading
I have a brother and a sister. It’s nice to have one of each. Sisters, though, have a song devoted to their special relationship. A song that takes me back to childhood Christmases spent in Florida with my cousins, where … Continue reading
The food servers I observe scurrying around dining rooms in retirement and nursing homes are mainly young people, doing what I imagine is a low-paying job, perhaps part-time to pay college tuition. Some of these servers bring plated food and … Continue reading
I cannot tell you how many times, when I was growing up, my dad admonished one of us to “straighten up and fly right.” He still has a colorful way of expressing himself, and an endearing habit of mangling names … Continue reading