Wednesday, February 23, 2011

when i grow up, i want to sing in a senior citizen choir

i spent the morning as a substitute pianist for a senior choir at the local senior citizen center. the room was filled with white hair, bifocals, and lace-up nursing shoes. i was greeted at every turn with a huge smile and boisterous "hello there, young lady!" 

the two hours flew by as i plunked out parts for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. the director only had me play the accompaniment twice, and i got a round of applause both times. i was basically a celebrity. 

i honestly had a grin on my face the entire time. hearing these men and women - from all walks of life - come together to sing. to learn and better themselves. to improve upon a skill once used, or gain a new one. 
the program was full of a wide array of songs. from zippity doo dah and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to beauty and the beast, tradition, and broadway hits like hey look me over and do you hear the people sing?

i took a picture on my phone, but it was blurry. plus, it only showed the back of their heads. but it was a sight...and a sound...to behold. i hope i get to do it again sometime soon.


what do YOU want to do when you grow up?

7 comments:

ed and kelli said...

that is freaking awesome!

Jen said...

That is really awesome. I love heart-warming moments like that. . .

Shannon said...

Maren. You MUST watch the documentary "Young At Heart". Your day will be a big deja vu and you will love it! One of my faves, ever.

I want to dance wherever and whenever when I grow up. Just because I feel like it.

t.t.turner said...

That sounds like the best job ever. Really.

Karen Hauley said...

Will you accompany my senior citizens choir when I grow up?

Molly said...

When I grow up I want to garden and sing in that choir with you.

carolee said...

Awesome. I love my mondays at work just because I get to be with great people like that all day long.