The culmination of my work with NYC seniors during January was last week at the first Aerial Photograph concert of the year. It was awesome. I ended up writing three tunes for the group. One was a total remake of the old standard “Young at Heart”, which, despite being unfortunately associated with margarine commercials and life insurance ads, is actually a really beautiful song. I also wrote a ballad and a ‘groove’ oriented song. Together, the three pieces are a suite I am calling “Elder City”. The songs include audio snippets from some of the seniors I spoke with, which I think really adds a lot of depth to the listening experience. The show was well attended (thanks in large part to the efforts of my amazing wife!), and the room sounded great. I think a video will be coming soon.
The seniors I engaged with this month shared a lot of wonderful memories and stories with me for which I am very grateful. With age comes experience. With experience comes perspective. And, I think, with perspective comes wisdom. I got to spend time with some very wise people this month.
I’ll put a link up to the recordings soon so you can share in this experience too.
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