Senior Connections Senio rConnections Nov-Dec19

Note to our readers: November/ December 2019 VOLUME 1 | NO. 15 Senior Connections HJ.COM This is a combined November/December issue. Delano-based Senior Singers brighten people’s days with song HEIDI MIRTH Staff Writer Lively piano music and familiar lyrics “We are actively seeking new members drift into the hall- of all ages to come and ways of the Delano practice and perform Senior Center every with us. If transporta- Monday morning. tion is an issue, potential The comforting, members should con- tact the senior center toe-tapping songs for arrangements [at] that fi ll the air in- 763-972-0574,” said Nick clude “Shenandoah,” Neaton, community ser- “Down By the Riv- vices director for the City erside,” and “Danny of Delano. Boy,” to name a few – traditional folk, patriotic, and gospel tunes that have survived the test of time. The singers are the Delano Senior Singers, a choral group made up of about eight members from the local community. The group, which is currently seeking more members, has been performing in the commu- nity for roughly the same amount of time as the Delano Senior Center has – since 1982. Members enjoy each other’s company and sing- ing together, but the group is about more than having a good time. “We have a purpose to the group,” said one member, “to share the music with others;” par- ticularly those who may not get a chance to hear such music often, like nursing home residents and the disabled. The Singers perform at senior centers and nurs- ing homes throughout the area, from Delano, to The bass/tenor section of Delano’s Senior Singers rehearses “Shenandoah” at a fall rehearsal. Buffalo, to Watertown, and beyond. Karen Otto, accompanist for the group, en- courages people to come try it out, even if their schedules are busy. She says people should “come when they can,” especially if they can make it to performances. It’s a casual group, and the songs are simple and familiar, easy to learn even for those less confi dent in their musical abilities. “I like them all,” said one member about the song selection. “I like anything I can sing.” The Senior Singers sing a wide variety of songs, mostly old favorites, though their style changes somewhat with the seasons, Otto said. There is an emphasis on love songs around Valentine’s Day, Irish tunes near St. Patrick’s Day, and of Senior Connections PHOTO BY HEIDI MIRTH course, Christmas songs in the winter, though the group likes to keep at least a few patriotic songs in every lineup. Songs the group has chosen for this fall include “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain,” “Let There be Peace on Earth,” “This Land is Your Land,” and “America the Beautiful.” “We choose songs the older people might know,” Otto said. “Sometimes [nursing home residents] sing along with us,” added another member. Veteran Larry Wahala said his favorite song the group sings is “God Bless America.” More DELANO SINGERS on Pg 3 is distributed to: Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litchfi eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted