Austria, December 2019
The manager of the retirement home in Bergheim proposed a holiday sing-along during the prelude to Christmas.
To prepare for this charity event, volunteers of Know Thyself as Soul in Bergheim met for rehearsals. Guitar accompaniment, poems, and short stories enriched the program.
Finally the afternoon performance commenced. A viol quartet presenting small compositions and a friend playing clarinet and saxophone augmented the program.
Singing and making music together took place on different floors. Many residents happily sang along with the well-known carols while joyfully strumming on the rhythm instruments we had brought. The singing also sparked memories of old that the residents heartwarmingly shared. A short time later, a supervisor of the home told us that our visit was the subject of many pleasant conversations in the days that followed.