I’ve played in a lot of Heart & Soul shows—about a hundred, over the years. I’ve lugged my upright bass to nursing homes and rehab facilities and even the State Prison, and I’ve had a great time doing it. Now I’m on the board of Heart & Soul, and I volunteered to write this letter. I thought it would be easy to tell you, from my own personal experience, about “the healing power of music.” But then I worried: what do I really know about it? I’ve read about it, and I’ve seen videos of practically vegetative patients coming to life with earphones on—but my own personal experience of Heart & Soul is that it’s fun
. I’m up there propping up my big, awkward instrument, trying to play in tune, listening to my bandmates, trading smiles with the residents who’ve come to hear, and it’s a great time. Now, seriously, who’s going to donate money just so that I can have a great time Give Now
So I went to somebody else’s show.
What a riot. Our last performance at Canyon Rim Care Center through Heart & Soul was so full of joy and energy. All I could do beyond our collective singing was do nothing but smile.
Heart & Soul was started in 1994 when siblings, Doug Jenson and Janna Lauer saw the isolation and loneliness their mother suffered upon entering a rehabilitation facility due to a broken hip complicated with dementia. Their mother had been the musical center of their family - and they knew that music was the language that helps to transcend loneliness and that brings us all together.
I met Gene Sartain at Tenth East Senior Center, a facility that Heart & Soul performers visit regularly. He was accompanied by his Irish flute, a guitar, and a small, elderly dog named Rita who he had rescued. The three of us sat down, and surrounded by residents, we chatted about Heart & Soul, his travels, and what it means to give back.
Tune in this Sunday, July 3rd at 9 p.m. BYU TV - Turning Point for a feature on Heart & Soul and the healing power of music.
Season Finale of Turning Point this Sunday Turning Point ends with another beautiful story in Heart and Soul, which brings healing to over 20,000 people per year with live music performances at domestic abuse shelters, psychiatric centers, and other isolated facilities across Utah. Watch Sunday at 9 PM MT.
May 27, 1945 ~ May 19, 2017
My memories of Hardin go way back to the Pub in Trolley Square and a loyal following of the Jordan River Uptown Band.
Music begins at 3 p.m. with the Stratford Street Big Band at Imperial Park at the corner of Atkin and Filmore Streets.
40 plus bands will be playing on lawns and
porches along Filmore and Glenmare Streets from 4 - 7 p.m..
We’ll come back together at 7 p.m. at Imperial Park, enjoy great music with the rock n' roll band JABOOM and will announce raffle prize winners at 8 p.m.
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Stroll or dance with your sugar at Heart & Soul Music Stroll on Saturday, June 11, in Sugar House 1530 E 2700 S. 3 to 8 PM.
40 plus bands will be playing on lawns and porches along Filmore and Glenmare Streets. See you then!
This year’s performers include:
Don Behrman, known to his music friends and Heart & Soul audiences as Dominoe, left this earthly home on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Barely 72, he left us way too soon.
Dominoe knew all the standards that our audiences love. He was our story-telling, rockin’ cowboy, Nashville star and sang songs by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Don Williams and Merle Haggard, and more.
The other day my sister and I were helping a dear friend in California, Helen, to get settled in a memory care facility. Helen doesn’t have any family to look out for her—no husband, siblings or children. She was confused and afraid and we were feeling stressed seeing her and how agitated she was about it. I told my sister I would bring my guitar and would get Helen to sing her favorite song (and one of mine).
Turning Point ends with another beautiful story in Heart and Soul, which brings healing to over 25,000 people per year with live music performances at domestic abuse shelters, psychiatric centers, and other isolated facilities across Utah.