Monday, October 20, 2014
We've played at Edwards Road Baptist Church before several times. The audience gets bigger each time we go. When the evening was over, so many came up to tell us the program was "wonderful!" We love to hear that. Others said "excellent" and "exciting." And the last gentleman told me that our music brought back so many memories. Our songs were ones that they all knew. That's what we want to hear. When we can see nearly everyone singing along, we know we've done our job.
They Say It's Wonderful, Frank Sinatra, 1946
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Today's gig involved no huge covered dish dinner. There was no standing ovation. It was a very small audience. But we played our hearts out at The Haven, a memory care facility.
These are the gigs that are a little harder for us. The audience reacts very little. You have to trust that somewhere down deep the music resonates. And, then it happens.
We see a flicker of a smile. A head raises. A finger taps a rhythm. And there was the one sweet lady who sang every song along with us. The person who was there visiting with her told us that she couldn't tell you the day of the week, or what she ate for lunch. But the music she remembered.
Let's all hope that we are so full of songs that we will never forget them should we forget other things. And we hope that someone might come bring the music to us if we find ourselves on the audience side of the room.
Memories Are Made Of This, Dean Martin, 1956