Sunday, December 18, 2016

Eclectic Tastes



This past Friday afternoon I dropped by my father's 'home'
at the veteran's hospital and he was with a group of other guys
in the sun room.
With them were two music therapists handing out musical
instruments to everyone....including me.
I chose a tambourine.

One of the therapists was playing piano and the other a mandolin.
They started with a few Christmas tunes and a couple of ones the guys requested.
We all accompanied the music with our instruments.

It was a delightful time......watching how these men responded 
each in their own way and capability.
The best time I had all week.

Not a Christmas tune today but one that obviously came to mind.....

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

14 comments:

  1. That would get any foot tapping in time, and how wonderful that at your Dad's place so many could join in as much as they were able. Family times are the best.

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    1. Jean, it was a beautiful scene and the therapists are so patient and good.....very heart-warming.

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  2. Jim:
    Another heartwarming story. Thanks for taking me on another trip upon your magic swirling ship.

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    1. I'm feeling a little dizzy!! lol What a ride it is at times, eh Mitch?!
      Welcome aboard dear friend.

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  3. Newport R.I. ~ Hey I remember that summer!!!!

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  4. I too remember that summer well. I was 24, living in Princeton, NJ, with no idea of the twists and turns my life would take. Your visit with your dad and his friends touched my heart. I always loved old people and now that I'm one myself, wish I had become more involved when I was younger. Merry Christmas to you and Ron and misss Doodle.

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    1. Hello Inger! Good to see you!
      24 and on the east coast! I can only imagine what it was like for you. And you turned out pretty good, I must say!
      Merry Christmas to you as well, Inger. all the best in 2017

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  5. How lovely to read about your visit to the veterans home to visit your dad and all those other old men, nothing brings people together better than music and song. I like your choice today when I was young my then boyfriend/now husband gave me a double edition record of Bob Dylan, what made it special is that he did not enjoy his music at all. I finally got to see Bob Dylan in Vancouver I think about + - 16 years ago.

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    1. How fortunate, Margo, that you have had the chance to see Bob Dylan. He is on my top 3 or 4 to see......OK along with Joni Mitchell (may not be seeing her due to her ill health), Sting, Annie Lennox, and Bonnie Raitt.
      Have a very Merry Christmas.

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    2. Margo, just wanted to let you know I LOVE your photos of Vancouver!! We lived there in the late 70's and early 80's in Kittslano near the Burrard Bridge across which we biked and walked many times.
      i am having difficulty signing up with Yahoo/Flicker for some reason.
      Have a Merry Christmas.

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  6. Music therapy, I think that must be the most marvelous idea.
    Play that tambourine, Mr. Tambourine Man! :-)
    And have a merry Christmas!

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    1. Well hello, Kay G.!
      I was imagining myself in a band.....any band....having the best of time!!
      A very Merry Christmas to you and yours. All the best.

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  7. One of my favorites! I love that your Pops is still enjoying life! Take care!

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    1. I had forgotten about this tune till I found myself playing in the veterans' band that afternoon.
      Dad is inspiring me, Louise. Seeing him accepting the things he can't change and moving forward is quite a gift to see.
      Merry Christmas to you and Terry.

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