“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
― Maria Augusta von Trapp
A few weeks ago I wrote a post entitled “Someone I Once Knew” and introduced a Connections Club member who for confidentiality reasons I called “Ed”. I described how Ed had once met the world famous classical guitarist Andres Segovia.
Segovia spoke about guitar music in this way: “Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart”.
Now I’m certainly not claiming to play like Segovia (!) but even this enthusiastic amateur really gets a buzz when playing and singing with my friends at Memory Matters in both the Connections and Social Day programs.
Music is a wonderful therapy, and even those with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who struggle with their left side brain functions, very often find the right artistic side of their brain can cope well with the melodies, rhythms and lyrics of music. Which is why Memory Matters will include some music in every program. It’s great to see and hear the Club Members singing along with many of the songs, including those participants in the Social Day programs who may not always be able to converse perfectly, but are frequently found to be able to sing and exercise their brain in tune with the music.
This last week I confided details (what happens in Memory Matters – stays in Memory Matters!) of my first date and how it had turned into a hilarious episode for my friends and family. It had all started with a request to a young lady to “save the last dance for me”. Naturally we used this story as a cue to sing the Drifters old song! Also for the sake of confidentiality I will not report some of our Club Members first date stories either!
My friend in the photograph is one of our “intellectual” participants at the Connections Club. Someone who significantly contributes each and every week to our brain stretching exercises, but who also enjoys rehearsing music and performing duets with his great harmonizing voice. I like and truly appreciate the fact that he is up for the challenge of not only singing standards such as “Edelweiss”, “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “It’s a Wonderful World”, but learning songs from other countries that he has not previously heard. For example, “The Young Ones” by Cliff Richard.
Ah, yes! You are as young as you feel, and at the Connections Club on Thursdays there is truth in that timeless saying.
So many of our Connections Club Members are simply inspirational!
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