Thanksgiving 2019

November 29, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a wonderful celebration full of laughter and good food. As per tradition, A Harmonic Remedy members gave our annual Thanksgiving performance. To begin, we would like to give a big thank you to Silverado Memory Care for hosting us. We loved performing and hope to return soon!

 

Bobby and Nate on the alto saxophone

 

Secondly, I would like to thank our performers: Rachel Burak, Bobby Buyalos, Nate Denlinger, and Mia Paul. This performance was more difficult because the piano was slightly less reliable. We all put in many hours to rehearse duets on the alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, and cello. It was a fun experience being able to work with various musicians and discover unexpected instrument pairings! We would like to give a special thanks to Joshua Tam who unfortunately could not attend but graciously helped us put together the set. We are extremely joyful that residents enjoyed the diverse musical selection, ranging from jazz to classical to pop music. 

 

 Mia and me on the cello and flute

 

I would like to take a moment to discuss the differences we experienced performing at a memory care facility rather than the typical senior living home. There were subtle differences in the organization of the facility such as the locked front door (to prevent wandering) and the increased number of staff. However, the most prominent 

 variation was the behavior of the residents. There was much more talking during the performances as well as slurred or incoherent speech as we spoke to the residents afterward.

 

The deterioration of the mind is natural in the process of aging. Though it can be more difficult to interact with residents showing less cognitive function, the joy we witnessed while performing was identical if not more enhanced at Silverado. It was easy to see the frustration as residents tried to convey their thought processes but were unable to be understood. The music that we played, though simplistic, brought a sense of peace to even the most aggravated residents. Though many residents will forget our performance, that brief moment of peace was enough to make all of us very grateful for our ability to play music and bring a small seed of joy into strangers' lives.

 

 Rachel on piano

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I will be celebrating with my family and reflecting on the many reasons I have to be grateful. Among many, I am grateful to the A Harmonic Remedy family that makes all of this possible!

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"To forget the elderly is to ignore the wisdom of the years"

                         - Donald Laird