I have played there before on a Friday afternoon, but this was different, I’d be playing during lunch. Would they be able to sing a long? Would I have to play more quietly so they could talk? Would they leave after they ate? And I still had that nagging cough ( I wasn’t contagious- or I would have cancelled!) – would I, after all that, be at my best?
When I began I realized my guitar wasn’t coming through the speaker! I quickly changed the battery to the pick up- still nothing! Was my second battery dead, too? This couldn’t be helped. I went on knowing my guitar was gather quiet compared to my voice, at least it wasn’t the other way around, anyway! The things we have to deal with on the fly as performers!
When I was done, I wandered around the room talking with the residents. I talked with Sophia and Murray and so many others. They were so gracious! So complimentary! So encouraging! So dear! I went to entertain them – but ended up enjoying them so much!
I have to give a shout out to the staff, too. The young men and women helping to clean up the lunch and help the residents back to their rooms were so cheerful and playful! They obviously were enjoying their senior friends as well!
“Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.” – Leviticus 19:32