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Thread #158019   Message #3733593
Posted By: Joe Offer
27-Aug-15 - 06:04 PM
Thread Name: sing to recorded music- nursing home
Subject: RE: sing to recorded music- nursing home
I'd stay away from performing to prerecorded music. Seems too much like a karaoke night to me - but maybe others have other experience. When I sing in nursing homes, I sing a cappella with a group, or with a piano or guitar. Sometimes with a whole string band.

The most popular program at the Florida nursing home where my dad lives, is the Thursday night "chimes" program. The guy has a MIDI keyboard. I don't know what his skills are, but he seems mostly to play "name that tune" with songs that he has programmed into his keyboard. He does sing a bit, but not a lot.

Toward the end of the performance, he passes out chimes, which are more-or-less like bell choir bells. He directs as the residents play a number of tunes, sometimes accompanied by a programmed piece on the keyboard.

He has a great sense of humor and banters with the residents throughout the performance. I think the banter is what people enjoy about my nursing home performances, too. Never talk down to them - and don't be afraid to flirt a bit.

But singing to recorded music? It might work, but I'd never do it.

Have fun!