Mudcat Café message #3710272 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #142631   Message #3710272
Posted By: maeve
20-May-15 - 10:51 AM
Thread Name: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
Subject: RE: Jane's Rainbow: for all needing support & comfort
Thank you, friends. The speaking is harder than the singing for me, for I've learned to breathe for singing. My friend responded very well to hearing his song- facial movements are about all he can communicate with and he made the most of them. I gave him a copy of it to have by his bedside.

Harder for me was to sing our own Jean Ritchie's song "Now Is the Cool of the Day" to him while he wept. I suspect it was the beauty of song and lyrics along with his unquenched desire to sing that caused the tears, but no way to know.

Our choral singing awoke strong emotions also, and I watched my friend raise his mostly unresponsive right arm (brain tumor, brain surgery, etc.) in response to one song in particular. His wife sitting close to him could hear him trying to sing at the same time.

A time of sorrow, a time of grace. I'll return as long as I'm wanted.