Austria, August 2023

After a long break due to COVID restrictions, we were able to start planning our one-hour sing-along programs for the elderly in retirement homes. Our first program took place in a retirement home in Graz. Outside on a shady terrace, musicians and audience found comfortable seats. We played and sang well-known songs and folk songs accompanied by anyone who wanted to sing along. Between the songs we read short contemplative texts and also introduced a simple dance number to one song. Some people just listened in silence, others sang along vigorously, clapped to the rhythm, or swayed along. After the program was over, many of the listeners thanked us personally and asked if we would come again, but their smiles and a few tears of emotion were the best thanks we could receive.