The old folks are encouraged to play percussion and get into the spirit of the music.
I have to say it was a really great session and very inspiring. It was very free flowing, no rules, just play how you feel in that moment.
Originally I thought Paul may want me to play some old songs for the folks, but I love the fact that it was not based around nostalgia and was all about the present moment. Genius!
At first I felt a bit awkward and wasn't sure what I was supposed to do but I soon eased into the free flowing nature of the session. Sometimes I would head over to Paul and start singing a harmony with him or play a ukulele line. Other times I would try and engage with the old folks, get them to play some percussion.
Some of the folks were very friendly and others quite unapproachable. One such lady called Jean kept saying how terrible the music was and for a while I kept my distance from her.....at some point I built up the courage to go and speak to her and try and engage her with the music. I approached her with a small tambourine and invited her to join in. To my surprise she smiled and took the mini tambourine and put it round her wrist like a bracelet and started shaking her arm in time to the music...I was delighted to see her take such joy in the tambourine and I could see that she was finally opening up to the music. I ended up chatting to her and falling in love with her dear soul. She kept stroking my hair and telling me how lovely I was. I felt such love and affection coming from the old lady, I was really touched.
I don't know much about Jean except that she is 93, has the biggest blue eyes full of life and the softest hands.