“I was having a really bad day but you guys completed turned it around with your music.”
“I always look forward to you coming. Your music is fun and entertaining and lets us get involved.”
“I really wish they would have you here at least every month; you are the best entertainment we have here.”
These are the typical comments Cindy and I receive when we perform at senior living communities throughout North Carolina (15+ to date!). Interestingly, Cindy and I had no idea about this niche when we first began singing together two years ago. Yet, it has become not only one of our more popular markets, it has certainly become one of the most meaningful.
As the number of our engagements in the senior living market has continued to grow, Cindy and I have come to understand just how important music is to these elder citizens. In fact, it almost seems like music enables them to return to their old selves, despite any physical, psychological or emotion challenges they might have, and smile, tap their feet and sing along. Some even dance. It seems transformational, albeit for just a little while, when we play and interact with these seniors.
Activity directors tell us that our interactive performances – with hand clapping, shakers shaking, singing along and taking requests – is clearly making a positive difference in the attitudes and moods of their residents. Plus, it’s just plain fun for us to dust off some oldies. We find ourselves performing anything from Gershwin to Motown to 40s-50-60-70s pop. And they seem to love our original tunes, as well.
Music truly is the universal language. Its power to heal and restore cannot be overstated. We feel truly blessed that this segment of our population is a part of our ongoing musical journey.
Paul and Cindy