Permit me to gush a bit about the piano. More specifically: Permit me to gush about Richard Capp, the piano accompanist for almost all of the Hymns for Alzheimer’s recordings. In February 2018, I launched this project to create professionally recorded sing-along versions of classic hymns specifically arranged for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia—slower, shorter, … Continue reading The piano story: my encounter with a generous spirit
Hi again friends! I've just reopened my GoFundMe page. Why, you ask? Because: 1. My original #HymnsforAlzheimers fundraising effort didn't quite cover the costs for recording and producing the 20 Christmas hymns (which, believe me, ALL elders love to sing). 2. I've had several people tell me that they wanted to donate but didn't get … Continue reading Still want to donate? Now’s your chance
At last: I've just uploaded the final 13 tracks for the Hymns for Alzheimer's collection. I am delighted to now have 89 classic hymns, gospel songs, and spirituals, arranged specifically as sing-alongs for elders with dementia, available for anyone to download and use for free. Yes, I'm psyched 🙂 Today's new uploads include: All Creatures … Continue reading Hymns for Alzheimer’s: The final batch!
I'm honored to be included in this morning's podcast of The World and Everything In It, a production of World magazine and website, based in North Carolina. Here's the audio file of today's podcast: How it happened: A few weeks back, World writer Jenny Rough came out to Colorado to visit one of my church … Continue reading My first podcast interview!
The Hymns for Alzheimer’s project has taken a new leap into the world! I’ve recently partnered with Music & Memory, a wonderful nonprofit that trains caregivers how to create personalized music playlists for seniors with dementia. By donating my Hymns for Alzheimer's music files, Music & Memory members now have access to hymns and spiritual … Continue reading Hymns for Alzheimer’s new partner: Music & Memory
At long last, I'm delighted to put these gospel songs and spirituals into the world. Such joy! Thank you again to vocalists Cheryl Jackson and Curtis Reed, and pianist/vocalist extraordinaire Dr. Michael Williams, the fabulous musicians who lent their time, talent, and passion to making these sing-along songs a reality for elders with dementia and … Continue reading New free music downloads: Gospel songs and Spirituals!
If you spend any time around me, you know I love talking about the sing-along Hymns for Alzheimer's project. Here are the completed free downloads so far. (Exciting teaser: The gospels and spirituals set is DONE and will be uploaded to the site soon!) But you may be wondering: How did I choose which hymns … Continue reading How did I choose hymns for the Hymns for Alz project?
The Lenten Season may be the most revered of all Christian seasons -- and it officially starts next week on Wednesday, March 6, Ash Wednesday. (What happened to February??) Good news for those of you leading worship services for elders in your care: I've just updated all of the Lent, Passion Week, and Easter materials … Continue reading Ash Wednesday, Lent, & Easter services–plus hymnals
Wow, I am excited about this one. 😀 On February 2, a group of wonderful musicians -- namely, Cheryl Jackson, Farnsworth Curtis Reed, and Dr. Michael A. Williams -- joined me at Coupe Studios to record 15+ gospel and spiritual songs from the African-American church tradition. Some people have asked me why I wanted to … Continue reading Gospel Songs coming soon (listen to samples now!)
In case you're wondering what you can do for your elders to celebrate Valentine's Day ... I've got a service just for you. The focus and theme, naturally, is love. Many (I dare say, all) of our dear seniors have loved long and well. Most have lost loved ones along the way. This service is … Continue reading Valentine’s Day worship service