Join us in Fletcher, NC beginning April 10, 2015

The front of Calvary Episcopal Church as seen from Highway 25 in Fletcher.

The front of Calvary Episcopal Church as seen from Highway 25 in Fletcher.

We are pleased to announce that Side by Side Singing will be hosted by Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher for six sessions this Spring. The first session will be Friday, April 10 at 2pm and will run for six consecutive Fridays through May 16, 2015.

These sessions, held in the Fellowship Hall, will be facilitated by Debbie Nordeen and Ruthie Rosauer. Sessions are open to anyone with an interest in experiencing the health benefits and FUN of singing in a group. You need not be an experienced singer or able to read music to fully participate. Singing lasts for one hour followed by light refreshments.

All sessions are free. For more information send an email to: ruthiesong@gmail.com

Entrance to Calvary Episcopal Church from the parking lot to the Fellowship Hall.

Entrance to Calvary Episcopal Church from the parking lot to the Fellowship Hall.

Side by Side for the Holidays

Jingle bells were rung, and carols were sung at the Carillon Care Center on December 10, as song leaders Jan Mallindine, Beth Mallindine and Ruthie Rosauer led residents and non-residents in Christmas songs. There were SIXTY SEVEN singers! That’s a lot of holiday cheer! The next Side by Side for the Holidays will be Wednesday, December 17 at 1:30 — also at Carillon.¬†DSC03268

Jan Mallindine played the guitar.

Jan Mallindine played the guitar.

Standing, from left, Jan Mallindine, Ruthie Rosauer and Beth Mallindine.

Standing, from left, Jan Mallindine, Ruthie Rosauer and Beth Mallindine.

Getting into the Holiday Spirit at Carillon

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Santa might be making his list and checking it twice but Side by Side songleaders, Jan Mallindine, Beth Mallindine, and Ruthie Rosauer are ready to make the season a little brighter with songs from both the regular Side by Side repertoire — and much-loved Christmas songs. The community is invited to join us in singing on Wednesdays, December 10 and 17, at 1:30. Refreshments will follow the song session. The sessions are FREE. All are welcome!

Location is the Carillon Center at 3851 Howard Gap Road, Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Side by Side Video now on YouTube

There is now a video about Side by Side Singing! It is just under nine minutes long. It includes clips of us singing during sessions — you’ll hear parts of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Side by Side,” “Happy Trails,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and others. We are a lively and enthusiastic group of singers!!!!

The video also includes Debbie and Ruthie talking about Side by Side and some of the health benefits of singing. We couldn’t list ALL the health benefits of singing or it would have been waaaaay too long.

We look forward to Side by Side for the Holidays on December 10 and 17 at 1:30 at the Carillon in Hendersonville. But until we meet again we hope you will enjoy watching the video. Here’s the link:

Tips for Creating Singing Experiences at Home

Ruthie and Debbie presented information about Side by Side Singing at the Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s conference in Arden, North

Ruthie Rosauer (left) and Debbie Nordeen, facilitators of Side by Side

Ruthie Rosauer (left) and Debbie Nordeen, facilitators of Side by Side

Carolina on October 23, 2014. We told them how good singing was for healthy aging and gave them a taste of a Side by Side sessions. But recognizing that there isn’t always a Side by Side Singing session handy, we also prepared a hand-out with ideas for incorporating music into your everyday life — especially helpful for those who have cognitive disorders.

Here are the suggestions:

1) Play CDs of your loved one’s favorite songs by favorite artists so she/he can join in singing.

2) Create a lyrics notebook of favorite songs by downloading free lyrics.

3) Install free pandora internet radio on your computer or roku tv device. Pandora offers hundreds of choices.

4) Sing along with YouTube videos by searching favorite artists or old shows such as the Lawrence Welk or Andy Williams show. You can also search for specific songs.

5) Buy the singer’s editions of Volumes 1 and 2 of “Get America Singing Again” by Hal Leonard. The singer’s edition small books are only $4 each on Amazon. If you are over 50 years old and grew up in the USA chances are good that you will know all the songs. Songs include favorites such as: I’ve Been Working on the Railroad and Oh! What A Beautiful Morning. (This is not an ad! We just love these books.)

6) If your loved one played an instrument in younger years, get it out, dust it off and encourage him or her to play it again.

7) Play the “Lyrics Relay Game.” It goes like this, you sing “Oh we ain’t got a barrel of — ” and pause for the other person to fill in the missing word. He will sing, “Money, maybe we’re —-” then YOU to fill in a word and keep singing. Keep tossing the song back and forth like a football.

8) Whistle while you work (or hum if you can’t whistle).

9) Dance together to favorite music.

10) Play the “Opera Game.” Instead of speaking to each other SING to each other in wildly dramatic ways as if you were in an opera. “What are we having for SUPPER TONIGHT???” “We are having (dramatic pause) macaroni, macaroni, roni, ro-NIIIIII” You get the idea!

11) Buy an iPod and install your loved one’s favorite music.