Welcome! Whether you are here to book me as an Eldercare Entertainer or to enjoy my original music, thanks for stopping by.
T.S. Eliot said: “You are the music while the music lasts.” That speaks to music’s power in the moment, and why I do what I do. Songs are powerful, and they are my passion. I enjoy singing other people’s favorites as much as I enjoy writing my own.
At an early age, I recognized the power of songs. They calmed and comforted me. My Mom and Dad sang around the house and in the car: old standards, hymns, and cute little ditties that they learned growing up. One of my favorite memories is singing with them in church, standing in the pews. My Mom and I would harmonize, her tenor to my alto, while Dad sang the melody, an octave lower. We listened to the Andrews Sisters and big band music on the CD player, watched Lawrence Welk some evenings and movies on Sundays starring Fred and Ginger, Judy and Mickey. . . plenty of wholesome classics.
I grew up down the block from a nursing home in Warren, PA, where some of my acappella choir classmates and I visited to sing Christmas carols with the residents. I loved seeing their smiles and hearing them sing along to their favorite songs. Bringing music to them made a difference: the sparkle in their eyes and the memories they shared between songs.
Fast forward a few years and a couple of music degrees later. I worked as a music therapist with a local nursing home here in St. Louis. Singing many of the songs that Mom and Dad taught me when I was younger, plus some Beatles, Elvis, and Johnny Cash. Watching residents who usually were not able or willing to interact, clapping or singing along while I sang and played the guitar. I also worked as an Activities Director for that same nursing home, booking entertainers for birthday parties, happy hours, and sing alongs.
I am passionate about what I do. I understand the power of song and enjoy bringing smiles to faces, memories to minds, and joy to the eldercare community. I am truly blessed.