With director Daria conducting, 19 members of the Marin Harmony a capella chorus returned for their second performance at Aegis in Corte Madera on Oct 14. They dazzled with harmonized vocalizations of classics such as “Under the Boardwalk”, “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’”, “Day Tripper”, “I Can See Clearly Now”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and a Beatles medley. Check out their fabulous rendition of the Beatles’ “Because” below! The audience was delighted and wants them back again. Many thanks to all members of Marin Harmony!
Thanks to the talented, generous Marin Sew & Sews quilters LITA volunteers will be getting fidget quilts to share with their buddies who have dementia. It is wonderful to have so many resources and supporters in Marin helping to make people’s days a little better!
BTM music coordinator Rob Thomure returned for a second ukulele class “play along/ sing along” on September 24, 2019 at Bello Gardens in San Anselmo. Besides ukuleles, hand percussion instruments such as shakers and a frame drum were also given out for a rhythm section. Residents sang. strummed and tapped their hand drums to “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, “You are My Sunshine”, “What a Wonderful World”, “Keep on the Sunny Side of Life”, “Five Foot Two” and more. Thanks to Bello Gardens Activities Director Shelley Katz for facilitating and being so supportive.
Thanks to a grant from the Parks Department, funded by Measure A, LITA volunteers and residents from Professional Post Acute spent a lovely afternoon at Lagoon Park. There was harmonious music by music volunteers Nowelo and Ned, tasty afternoon snacks and lots of smiles!
Our most active student musician volunteer, Natalia Betzler, serenaded residents of NeuroRestorative in Fairfax on September 18th. NeuroRestorative serves people of all ages with brain, spinal cord and medically complex injuries. Along with classics such as “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Mamma Mia”, and “Summertime”, Natalia sang some songs in Spanish for the Spanish-speaking residents. “La Bamba” was a big hit! (click below to hear). Thank you, Natalia!
A big thank you for Measure A funding which helped LITA volunteers and residents have a lovely afternoon at the Lagoon Park near the Civic Center. There was lemonade, ice cream, music and dogs! What could be more fun?
With a big bin of ukuleles to pass around, BTM music coordinator Rob Thomure led a ukulele class on July 16, 2019 at Bello Gardens in San Anselmo. The residents worked on their strumming technique and their C chord, and sang and played along to “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “Row Row Your Boat”, “Run through the Jungle”,” Summertime”, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”, and “You are My Sunshine”. Everyone had a great time. LITA could not be so successful without the partnership of the facility staff. Thank you, Shelley, for your support!
Thanks to Measure A Funding from the County of Marin Parks Department LITA took some of the Bridging Generations classes into the park this past Spring. The Marin IJ highlighted those trips on its front page Monday, July 15, 2019. Read the full story here.
And the next week the Editorial Board published an opinion that “Having Seniors in Our Parks is a Great Gift”!
A full house of residents turned out to hear the fine harmonies of 8 members of the Marin Harmony Chorus at Creekwood Senior Home on June 28 in Novato. Classic gems such as “Under the Boardwalk”, “Sentimental Journey”, “In the Still of the Night”, “Stand by Me”, “My Girl”, and more were performed. Click below to hear an excerpt from the Do Wop classic “In the Still of the Night”. Many thanks to director Daria and members of the Octet, and to the staff at Creekwood for hosting!
Tam High rising sophomore and veteran LITA music volunteer Natalia Betzler entertained the residents of Greenwood Assisted Living in San Rafael (formerly Harmony House) with her finely- honed vocal and piano talents on Wednesday June 19th. Her repertoire included “Summertime”, “What a Wonderful World”, “Golden Slumbers” by the Beatles, “Sunday Kind of Love”, “Mamma Mia”, and many more classic gems. She was in fine form, and brought smiles and happy reactions as her audience recognized the well-loved, classic songs. Thank you, Natalia!