Side by Side SUMMER Singing

Fifty singers took a “Sentimental Journey” through song at Biltmore United Methodist Church’s Community Events Center on July 15. We sang “This Land is Your Land,” “America the Beautiful,” “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and “This Little Light of Mine” with great gusto!!!! One hour goes by so quickly when you are enjoying yourself so much doing one of your favorite things!

As always we sang “Side by Side” and concluded with “Happy Trails.” Jan Mallindine played the guitar. Ruthie Rosauer and Debbie Nordeen switched off on the piano. We continue for six more weeks at 376 Hendersonville Rd. in Asheville, NC (July 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, and 26). We start at 1:30pm, sing for an hour, and then break for light refreshments. All sessions are free! [For more detailed information on how to find our location see the tab “how to find us.”] We hope you will join us!

Debbie Nordeen (left) and Ruthie Rosauer as song leaders.

Debbie Nordeen (left) and Ruthie Rosauer as song leaders.

Jan Mallindine on the guitar.

Jan Mallindine on the guitar.

Beth Mallindine

Beth Mallindine as one of our friendly Greeters

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Side by Side Singing in Fletcher Off to a Great Start!

Birds were not the only ones singing on Friday, April 10 in Fletcher. Over 60 Side by Side Singers gave rousing renditions of songs such as: Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Oh What  Beautiful Morning, Do-Re-Me, This Land is Your Land and Sentimental Journey. Our host, Calvary Episcopal Church, provided refreshments for our socializing afterwards.

We will be singing again each Friday afternoon, from 2 – 3 pm, through and including Friday May 15. As always these sessions are FREE. You do not need to be an experienced singer or able to read music to fully participate.

WHERE: Calvary Episcopal Church on Hendersonville Highway (also known at Highway 25) and Old Airport Road in Fletcher. We sing in the Parish Hall. Ample parking in two lots — one in front of the Parish Hall (this entrance is handicap accessible) and the other behind the Parish Hall.

Ruthie Rosauer on the piano, Debbie Nordeen leading a song at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher.

Ruthie Rosauer on the piano, Debbie Nordeen leading a song at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher.

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.

Instruments in the Side by Side Mix

Those of you who have attended Side by Side Singing will remember the glee with which we play rhythm instruments of all DSC02210sorts, especially the tamborines.  We really get going on “This Little Light of Mine.” Jan Mallindine has accompanied us on the guitar many times on that song. We’ve also really enjoyed Jan playing favorites such as “This Land is My Land,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Debbie Nordeen and Ruthie Rosauer trade off on the piano. We’ve had drums from time to time — most memorably on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” The last two Side By Side sessions in the Hendersonville location found Ruthie on the clarinet for Yo Lisa Goy (aka The Vine and Fig Tree), I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, Those Were the Days (which we have re-written slightly to be THESE Are the Days), and the Hebrew round Shalom Chevarim. We also added a new song to our repertoire from Fiddler on the Roof — “Sunrise, Sunset.” The clarinet can embellish the melody line — or help carry the melody to free up singers to explore possible harmony lines to add to the joyful sound we make together.

Ruthie Rosauer on clarinet (on left) and Debbie Nordeen on piano for group singing Sunrise, Sunset.

Ruthie Rosauer plays clarinet (on left) and Debbie Nordeen on piano for group singing of Sunrise, Sunset.

Adding another session — October 1, 2014

 

The sign-in desk at Side by Side Singing in Hendersonville. From left: Roxana White, Barbara Eck, Ruthie Rosauer, Jean Tuech.

The sign-in desk at Side by Side Singing in Hendersonville. From left: Roxana White, Barbara Eck, Ruthie Rosauer, Jean Tuech.

 

Singing during Side by Side sessions in Hendersonville has been enthusiastic and joyful. Originally planned for six sessions, we have decided to add an extra session to this series — we will now be singing on OCTOBER 1, 2014 as well.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville has been a wonderful host providing volunteers, space and refreshments. Located at the corner of Price Road and Kanuga Road in Hendersonville the parking is easy and the building is handicap-accessible. The NC Center for Health and Wellness UNC-Asheville continues to provide sponsorship.

From left: Ruthie Rosauer, Debbie Nordeen, Beth Mallindine, Jan Mallindine.

From left: Ruthie Rosauer, Debbie Nordeen, Beth Mallindine, Jan Mallindine.

Ruthie and Debbie play the piano, Jan Mallindine plays the guitar and the participants provide the vocals and rhythm section on such lively songs as “Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

Sessions are at 1:30 on Wednesdays through October 1. As one of our volunteers commented, “I must say you and Debbie have done a wonderful job with the group. I’ve never seen anyone get so much sound out of any group as you all have.” Those living with memory loss, Parkinson’s Disease, as well as their family and friends are invited to join this community singing initiative.

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Side by Side Starting April 2, 2014

Several of the singers at Side by Side in Asheville, NC

Several of the singers at Side by Side in Asheville, NC

We are happy to say Side by Side Singing will be starting again on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Thanks to the support of the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness we will be offering six weeks of sessions from 1 – 2:30pm each Wednesday from April 2 until May 7 in the Sherrill Center at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Side by Side offers a positive musical and social experience for
people who have mild to moderate cognitive impairment such as dementia, Alzheimer’s or brain damage and their care-partners. These sessions are designed to enhance the quality of life for those with memory loss and reduce the stigma associated with it — through the communal experience of creating beautiful music in the present moment.

For more information about parking, finding the specific room we will be singing in (“How to Find Us”) health benefits of singing, and links to other similar groups around the world — there are pages on this blog devoted to those topics. There is even a page titled “About the Sessions” which will tell you exactly what you can expect the first time you attend a Side by Side session.

We hope you will come sing with us — side by side!

For additional information you can contact us through this blog or by email at:

ruthiesong@gmail.com