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
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!
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!)
A friend emailed me this week and said that she was having trouble downloading the free hymn files. "I tried to download just one song but when I click on it once it opens and plays," she wrote. "I don't see the 3 vertical dots to download it. I'm not super technical so maybe I'm … Continue reading Trouble downloading hymns?
Hello friends! Now that I have the Hymns for Alzheimer's online, I'm busy updating ALL of the Worship Services currently on the site ... and even adding some new ones. I started to go alphabetically but then realized I should update them by the calendar (duh). So if you've downloaded one of these services lately, … Continue reading Updated worship services
Cue the fireworks! I am thrilled to announce that Phase 1 of the Hymns for Alzheimer's project is DONE! Go straight to the downloads on this page. Simply click on a song title, then click the three vertical dots to download that song file. Transfer each song file to a library in iTunes. Then you … Continue reading Hymns for Alzheimer’s: DONE!!!
Whew. I am learning a lot about patience with this project! When I first starting making this Hymns for Alzheimer's dream a reality, I was sure I could complete it in just a few months -- five, tops. But here we are, a full nine months after my first blog that elicited feedback for the … Continue reading Hymns for Alzheimer’s: patience is a virtue …