JW writes again and walks us back down memory lane with the power of music stimulating our minds and bringing calm, relaxation, and warm, happy nostalgic feelings. This is reminiscent of a typical day at Memory Matters witnessed by volunteers such as John Ratliff.
“Piano Man”

He shuffled in slowly a frail, slender frame, shaky hands, age spots on his skin.

But his bright blue eyes didn’t miss a thing.

He rested a stack of index cards on the upright piano and then sat down on the thick cushion she had placed on the bench for him.

It was a small group that day who came to listen to him play, but he didn’t mind at all.

He started with a classical piece and it was obvious from the first musical phrase that he was a master.

Seamlessly he moved from jazz to broadway musicals, stride piano blues, rag time, popular songs from every decade……..

He sang on a few songs, explaining in between a little bit about the history of each selection. His voice was weak, but it didn’t matter at all because his bright spirit filled the room with hope and joy.

Although I recognized almost all of the songs, I had forgotten just how beautiful the melodies were until they flowed from his fingers. A change occurred inside me and I was transported back in time as a flood of memories washed over me like warm ocean waves…

He finished his set with a Beatles medley, a little rock and roll, and then dedicated the last song to the beautiful young activities director who makes sure everything is ready for him each time he comes to play.

“You are so beautiful

To me

You are so beautiful

To me

Can’t you see

You’re everything I hope for

You’re everything I need

You are so beautiful to me

You are so beautiful to me

You are so beautiful

To me

Can’t you see

You’re everything I hope for

You’re every, everything I need

You are so beautiful to me” – Joe Cocker

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