November 2017 Blog

Good day to you. Life has been full with performing music, writing songs, and teaching various lessons. I’m extremely grateful for the work I get to do. Most of my work feels like play, and that is truly a gift. I’d like to share a few highlights of the past month.

Once per month I perform music at three different assisted living communities. I have been playing music for them for about 6 years. It is incredibly fulfilling to see and feel the room come to life. I play a combination of original songs as well as some classic cover songs they know. I love to do this song called “The Color Song” with them, and each time we come up with new verses, so it’s never the same twice. Lately, I have also been bringing little egg shakers, and I pass one out to each resident (and the caretakers as well). I play guitar and sing, and everyone shakes along. Even folks that can barely move are able to make a sweet sound by holding the shaker in their hand. We always end the session with “You Are My Sunshine.” After the show, I go around to each person and shake their hand, look them in the eyes, and I tell them how wonderful it was to see them that day. They look back so deeply in my eyes, and I cherish each connection. It fills my heart, and I feel so blessed for these afternoons.

Another highlights was playing for a beautiful wedding. The weather allowed for an outdoor November afternoon ceremony. The couple has requested a few songs to play during the wedding. The love between the couple as well as the love that was overflowing from the guests was so touching. Later at the reception I was asked to play Hava Hagila. People lifted up the couple each on a chair and danced them around, and others danced the hora. It was a rousing rendition of Hava Nagila, and the room was bursting of spirit and joy and love and connection and smiles.  I felt so honored to be part of this special occasion.

These are some of wonderful days at work. Wishing you all the very best is your work and play, and may the two overlap as often as possible!