- 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: Singing
A couple of weeks ago, a man wheeled his dad into an assisted-living dining room past the piano. I was playing “It Had to Be You.” The son was whistling something else, a song I didn’t recognize. He kept whistling … Continue reading
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
Many of my elderly listeners proudly introduce me to their visiting sons and daughters. For a resident of a senior facility, having visitors is a big deal. It announces, My life extends beyond the walls of this place. Lunchtime visitors … Continue reading
I’m a nonsinging pianist. I’m not sure if I can’t sing—or I won’t. But I don’t. Not out loud, anyway. I often sing the melody of a piece in my head when I play; that helps to produce what many … Continue reading
Last week I played the piano at a memorial service for one of my very dear listeners. I met Walt almost 4 years ago; you met him here. Music was the focus of Walt’s retirement years. He began taking singing … Continue reading