Sunday, April 25, 2010
The Sound of Music
This assignment genuinely made me smile.
A lot of times I can be cynical or moody or both and probably even worse on some days.
But today was different.
It was raining, my socks were soaked, one tail light on my car was out and my stomach hurt from too many tacos from the night before.
When I first met Preethi Burkholder, something about her smile and general good mood made me feel a little better about my somewhat miserable day.
Then she started to play the piano and I totally at ease.
Her job — or maybe goal in life — is to bring joy through song to seniors in hospice centers and extended care facilities. With a blend of humor, classical piano training and an array of familiar tunes, I would say she’s done just that.
At first, despite her kind smile and demeanor, I wasn’t sure the crowd would take to her.
But it was like magic.
As soon as she began to play, not only did I feel better, everyone in the small room of seniors began singing, laughing and enjoying a brief trip back into the songs of their youth. In just an hour, she made more people smile than I’ve seen many people do in a year or more… and I only saw her play for 11 people, me included.
What a job.
Preethi Burkholder certainly has good reason to wear her ear-to-ear smile every second of the day.
Who wouldn’t if they loved their job as much as she does?