You may think you are too nervous to perform for anyone, or maybe you think you are not good enough. Nothing could be further from the truth! These folks LOVE the music! They sing along, clap, and banter back and forth with us. I always have jokes to tell, and they even appreciate my bad jokes! I've been told that we made their day, that we brightened their day, and that they had been waiting for us all day! This is such a great opportunity for everyone.
What do my students get from it? Not only do they get the performance experience, but they have a goal. They know what to work on, when they are going to perform, and they often have very specific questions about what they are playing and how to play it. They learn to sing harmony and lead, they learn the chords to the songs they are playing, they learn how to go from backup to lead playing, they learn jam etiquette, and so much more!
We played for the residents of the New Athens Home for the Aged last night, and they had a special treat because one of our family bands performed a song as well, and it included two Irish dancing sisters and tin whistles!
I hope you will consider sharing your talents, and I hope you will enjoy the pictures!