Sweet Songs for Lou #WednesdayWords #WeeklySmile #Inspiration

In 1989, after I started working as a registered music therapist in nursing homes and other senior facilities, I joined a local Sweet Adelines chapter. Sweet Adelines is a national network of women’s choruses that specialize in barber-shop music. For several years, my local group performed at various functions and once put on a show at a local theater. We did our best to become affiliated with the national network. But time and time again, we were rejected because we didn’t have the minimum required number of members.

Once, an official from the network traveled all the way to Sheridan, Wyoming, from wherever, and did a workshop for us on barber-shop singing. For some reason, she told the powers that be we weren’t serious. When we heard this, we decided we’d had enough of Sweet Adelines and formed our own group, Patchwork.

Since we no longer considered ourselves Sweet Adelines, we weren’t limited to singing just barber-shop music. Through the years, we sang other types of choral music, often adapting songs to fit our group. We performed, as before, and put on a couple more shows.

Then, several years ago, tension developed. Some of us, myself included, unhappy with a lack of concern about our sound, left Patchwork and formed our own group, Just Harmony. Despite bad feelings between people in both groups, we continued performing and so did they.

Now, both groups are joining forces for a worthwhile cause. Lou, one of the gals who has sung with both groups, passed away last year after a lengthy battle with cancer. We decided to come together to sing for her memorial service, which will take place later this month. It’s sad that her death was what brought us back together. But everyone seems to have put aside their differences and is making an effort to create the sweetest sound possible for Lou. After the memorial service, both groups will, no doubt, go their separate ways. But at least we’ll have the memory of coming together to give Lou the best send-off we possibly could. That is what’s making me smile this week.

What is making you smile this week? You can either comment below or click here to participate in this week’s blog feature.

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Just Harmony #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

elong to a women’s singing group. We perform a variety of styles of music including barbershop and other three and four-part music. We entertain at senior facilities and special functions.

We’re a small group. At the most, we have ten singers, and we’re always looking for new members. But the important thing is that we enjoy singing harmony together, hence our name, Just Harmony.

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence story prompt for this week, in which the given word is “harmony.” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.

A photo of Abbie smiling in front of a white background. She has short brown hair which is cut short and frames her face. She is wearing a bright red shirt and a dark, flowy scarf swirled with hues of purple, pinks and blues.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Lunchtime Music Livestream with Just Harmony #Events

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll again be performing at The Hub on Smith next Wednesday, August 4th, at noon, this time with my group, Just Harmony. We’re a bunch of women who sing mostly barbershop but other styles of choral music as well. This event will also be broadcast live on Facebook, and a recording will be available later. Click the link below to visit the event’s Facebook page, and mark your calendar. See you there!

 

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Lunchtime Livestream Performance #MusicalMonday

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Here’s a special treat for all of you. If you missed my gig a few weeks ago at our local senior center, The Hub on Smith, simply click the Play button below. The video lasts about half an hour, and in it, I play the piano and sing, while many audience members enjoy macaroni and cheese with ham and other delights. Please feel free to share.

Also, on August 4th, I will again be performing at The Hub, this time with my group, Just Harmony. We’re a bunch of women who sing mostly barbershop but also other styles of choral music. Now that things are opening up around here, we’re getting more engagements. As soon as I find a link to that event on Facebook, I’ll post it here. So, please stay tuned.

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And now, I’m pleased to announce that throughout the month of July, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available from Smashwords ABSOLUTELY FREE as part of its annual summer/winter sale. You can visit my Smashwords author page to download these books. Happy reading!

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

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New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Image contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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