By Melanie Brubaker Mazur
Five outdoor music pieces are the newest activity for residents of Evenings Porch Assisted Living.
On Monday, residents came out on a sunny morning for an impromptu music gathering. Some created some surprisingly soothing music, while a few others shared some poignant moments, as well.
Buddy Wiler complained that he couldn’t remember some of the songs he used to sing with his wife. Growing a bit frustrated, he then tapped out the tune to “Shave and a Haircut, Six Bits!” and beamed proudly.
Darvin Kinney likes the new instruments, while Grace Emenegger said one of them was “harder for her,” mostly because she couldn’t hear some of the notes.
The five pieces are from Freenotes Harmony Park, a Durango-based company that makes instruments for parks, school and other outdoor settings. Musical experience isn’t needed to play them. The models at Evenings Porch are Swirl, Yantzee, Merry, Griffin and Piper.
Along with a garden, walking paths and other outdoor amenities, the instruments provide extra stimulus and a good muscular activity for residents who want to spend some time outside, said Erin Youngblood, the facility administrator. She’s planning to invite local musical groups, such as the Be FRANK Foundation, to come perform for residents.
Anyone interested in touring the facility is welcome to call 884-0101.