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Attention staff of adult day programs and long-term care facilities! This CD will be enjoyed by your residents. Get a copy today.
What Can the Matter Be?
Bicycle Built for Two
Ain't We Got Fun?
Five Foot Two
I Want to be Happy
Rest of the World Go By
Carolina in the Morning
Long Way to Tipperary
Cruisin' Down the River
Luverly Bunch of Coconuts
Cuddle Up a Little Closer
'Til We Meet Again'
"CD Fundraising Project"
The Prince Edward County
Community Care for Seniors
is the grateful recipient of all donations received from this CD project.
Community Care thanks Mike for sharing his talent and generosity!
To order your copy,
send a donation of $10.00 to:
Prince Edward Community Care
Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Cheques should be payable to
"Prince Edward Community Care"
If you wish to have the CD mailed to you, please add $2.00 per CD to cover mailing costs. Thanks!
June 6, 2005
I became interested in music at a very early age. I joined the St Alban's boys choir when I was about eight years old in Ottawa where I was taught musical theory and learned how to use my voice. I also took piano lessons during this same period.
When I was twelve years old I received an electric guitar from my parents for Christmas and began jamming with other kids in the neighborhood in our garage in Trenton.
As a teenager I played in a couple of rock type bands during summers in Muskoka and occasionally as a "pickup" musician in bands in Trenton. For the next forty years I strictly played for family and friends and jammed with local musicians.
A couple of years ago my wife, Fran, got me involved with playing for a church group that meets once a month for praise, worship and music; then, our group was asked to sing for pre-service music on occasional Sundays in the church and during services at various Seniors residences in the county. We called ourselves "Joyful Noise".
While at the H. J. McFarland Memorial Home for the Aged for a service, we were approached by one of the staff there who asked us if we ever sang music other than the religious kind. The group met and decided that we would practice singing some songs that might appeal to seniors from one of their "Sing Along" books. We started singing for McFarland Home during "Pub Nights" on a once a month basis with a limited repertoire of about thirty songs. We were then "discovered" by staff from another residence and were asked to perform at their place as well on a monthly basis. We have been performing Pub nights ever since and our repertoire is expanding slowly.
Fran volunteers at McFarland Home each week for a couple of hours on Monday evenings doing various activities with the residents. One day she asked me to come with her and sing a few songs for her group and have a sing along with them. This worked out well, but being a somewhat reluctant performer, I asked her not to schedule me too often. It was at this point that she asked me to record a number of songs for the group to listen to during their activity periods with her.
Being an amateur "recording engineer" and musician, I was happy to comply and produced a CD specifically for Fran's use with her friends at the residence. Fran took the CD the very next week and said that everyone had a great time listening to it and singing along, and even dancing. About a month later, I received a call at home from the activities director of the residence thanking me for the CD and telling me that the folks played it every morning, and sang and danced to it. We also played the CD as background music for a seniors tea in our church hall and I noticed that a number of persons were singing along with it. This gave me the idea that other seniors might like to have this music of the 20's, 30's and 40's for their personal use as well.
At this point I decided that I would like to offer the CD to a charitable group for seniors as a fund raiser and donate all of the proceeds to that group. The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association seemed like a good candidate and "the CD project was born!"