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KT need advice for performing in old folks homes (30) RE: need advice for old folks homes 08 Jul 15

Hi geebee.
I've been on both sides of that fence. I used to be the Activity Director at our state-run home, where I was responsible for doing all of the bookings. Though I have since retired, I still sing there frequently, so see it from that angle as well.

I think the problem you mention could be remedied by calling to confirm with the activity director the day of your gig. That way, if they've forgotten or double booked, you'll know and save yourself the trouble of the drive there and the set up. With regard to the numbers of attendees, I wouldn't worry about that in the least. If your music can lift the hearts of even 1 or 2 residents, that will be valuable time well-spent. The last time I sang at this place, it was unplanned, I was not on the schedule, and there were only two women sitting in the hall as I was passing through. I asked them if they'd like to sing a few songs with me. They were very eager, so I got my guitar and we started singing. Within 10 minutes, another 15 people joined our session and it was a very happy, uplifting time for all of the participants.

An important thing to keep in mind - Sometimes a resident's condition may prevent them from being able to acknowledge appreciation for your offerings. Understand that their appreciation is not measured by their ability to express it. Music can be very healing on so many levels, not all of which we can see.

Good luck!

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