Recently, while visiting my dad at Menorah Park, a rehabilitation facility in Beachwood, he and I were treated to a performance by the Hillcrest Concert Band. As we sat and listened to the 50-some volunteer musicians, I was so thankful and appreciative and amazed at the talents these people shared with the residents. I was so moved that I shed a few tears. While many in the audience were unable to stand or even clap, there was a common thread in that room – everyone had a smile on their face. It occurred to me, or rather reinforced it, that music makes people happy.
The band’s music seemed to evoke hope and, for that one hour, seemed to give the residents a reason to live and help to forget their worries. It made them feel “not forgotten.” The program was filled with music of the Americana, which reignited a sense of patriotism. We sang along to “The Star Spangled Banner,” “This Land is Your Land” and “When the Saints Come Marching In,” and everyone was carefree and joyous. We left the auditorium talking and laughing and grateful for such a great night.
Whether you are looking to enrich your own life or add a bit of joy to the life of someone you care about, an easy answer is to go listen to some live music. There is nothing else that can move your soul like LIVE music. Our own campus offers a plethora of opportunities almost every day of the week. There are student recitals featuring piano, violin, oboe, flute and just about any other instrument you can think of. There are vocal recitals and concerts by our orchestra, chorus, opera and jazz ensemble. Your choices are endless and many options are free.
So, I ask you (and myself), “If listening to music can uplift, inspire and de-stress, then what are you waiting for?” You won’t be sorry. Although I can’t guarantee you won’t shed a few tears (of joy) along the way.
For more information on the various live music events on campus, visit www.kent.edu/artscollege .