Resident pianist brings music to Holiday Retirement's University Pines
Stevie Wonder said, “Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.” And he wasn’t wrong. In fact, music has been credited with improving cognition and is often used as therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia — familiar songs have been shown to improve mood, reduce agitation, improve social interaction, influence motor skills and facilitate cognition. And beyond all of that, there is a singular joy to listening to a favorite song among friends.
Many of our residents fill the halls of Holiday Retirement communities with music and joy. Martha Davidson is one of them. She lives at Holiday Retirement’s University Pines and often treats her friends and neighbors to her talents on the piano, both at the community chapel and at her church.
Martha has been tickling the ivories since she was three-years-old, but she’s never had a proper lesson. Rather, when she was young, she would come home from Sunday school and ask her mother if she wanted to hear the song they sang. Without fail, her mother would say “yes,” so Martha would pop up onto the bench and play it — no music, just instinct. As she describes it, she would touch the keys and just know what sound she wanted.
Martha’s mother indulged her passion, encouraging her to play often and even excusing her from doing the dishes (much to her sister’s chagrin) to allow more time for her music. Eventually, Martha met with a piano teacher, but never pursued lessons, as she always reverted to playing the songs her way. Her talent was such that instinct served her better than musical theory.
Today, Martha still has the musical knack. She can play anything she’s had a chance to listen to — just don’t ask her what key it’s in, you’ll get the same response she gives everyone else: “I don’t know!”
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