I’ve been thinking a lot about our world lately. Perhaps you have too. Here are a few things on what I'm calling my '"musical manifesto." Go ahead and call me a dreamer or an idealist. I’m good with that. Because I know that when we each take an action, no matter how small, towards making this world a better place…well, it makes it a better place. Dreams become real. And ideals matter.
- I want to live in a world where everyone sings and where everyone can experience the joy of making music together.
- I want to live in a world where music holds its place in our lives, even as we age.
- I want to live in a world where we reach for music and sing a song before we prescribe a medication to “manage behaviors.”
- I want to live in a world where the human voice in song is celebrated and where no one says “I can’t sing!”
- I want to live in a world where people can enjoy the memories triggered by the songs of their youth.
- I want to live in a world where everyone understands the power of music to help people living with dementia to connect, awaken memories and find joy.
- I want to live in a world where music is shelter.
And that is why I created Singing Heart to Heart and the Young at Heart Music program, where I bring seniors together to sing, to tap toes, to clap hands, to nod, to dance to share stories and to laugh. And that is why I wrote Songs You Know by Heart so that everyone can learn more about how to access the benefits of music.
Because in the end, I truly believe, singing and happiness go hand in hand.
What kind of world do you want to live in? Drop me a line. Let’s share our dreams for the kind of world we want to live in.