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Music for the Elderly

Marissa Gailitis

During today’s trip to the Cayuga Ridge nursing home, our original group of 8 people dwindled down to just 2, due to sickness and prelims. My friend Anna, the treasurer of the club, and myself were the last two standing. But alas, the show must go on! Despite our love for both music and the club, we were nervous about the trip. We normally have a group of about 6 people coming to perform with us. We both knew that filling an hour-long set between just the two of us was going to be a lot, especially because we both only prepared about 3 pieces each. However, once we got to the nursing home and saw our usual friends waiting for us, all of the anxiety disappeared. Anna and I alternated playing; I would play a song on piano, then she would play a piece on the violin. I played “It’s Too Late” by Carole King, “Across the Universe” by The Beatles, and a few others but the crowd favorite was my arrangement of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie. Anna preformed a few wonderful pieces, including a beautiful Bach piece, and then a violin arrangement of John Denver’s “Country Roads Take Me Home” which, of course, rocked the house.

There is nothing as rewarding as seeing the seniors’ smiles, and hearing them sing along to some of their favorite songs. I am already planning out my set list for the next trip in 2 weeks! This event is not only great for the nursing home, but also incredibly therapeutic for me!