Yesterday I had the opportunity of playing with my two daughters, Sunny Miller and Kelly Manwaring, for a special needs program at a church. There were about 50-75 special needs adults present, all of who were there to listen to music and have a good time. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect so we prepared quite a few participation dances (the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance, the Virginia Reel), and some good old rock ‘n roll music with a few country songs splashed in.

I must say, if you ever feel down about your playing, about how good or not good you sound, or even about the world in general, just go do a little service and participate in an event like this. The dancing, laughing, and singing that went on were enough to lift anybody’s spirits! The crowd was animated and fun – the participation was beyond enthusiastic, and the “Welcome!” and “Please come back again!” from all were extremely genuine.

From Bob who circled around and gave us about four or five hugs each before he left to the little lady in front who actually shouted at me, “You’re cute!” to the other gal who proudly announced she was such a great dancer because her Dad had taught her to dance – it was heartwarming and just plain fun.

The power of music was so prevalent and wonderful to behold… the joy and happiness was contagious. Here’s to those great people and the rewarding aspect of music!