Last week there was a karaoke show at the nursing home. I didn't participate because I'm a professional singer & didn't want to be a " ringer" . I was a little regretful of my choice & vowed that I would take the next opportunity to perform.
Today the young recreation director was called away for a few minutes as she was setting up an auction. Everyone was arranged into a perfect audience. As if I was having an out of body experience I stood up & started singing old familiar songs to the crowd- acapella. I encouraged them to sing along too. IT WAS WONDERFUL !!!
This is some of what I used to do with my parents. We had performed in every kind of institution that you can think of from nursery schools to nursing homes, libraries, schools, museums & countless street festivals, etc.
Funny story this was one of the few area nursing homes that we had not performed at, (under a previous ownership.). I've now broken that record as a volunteer.
I Loved it when they all sang with me "Let me call you sweetheart". It really came from our hearts. When II sang a couple of Italian songs "Santa Lucia"- an Italian woman sang along that was sweet - but when she sang " Vicino al mare" with me I almost cried as it was my Family's anthem ( on my father's side).