New PSA Music Video – IF YOU DON’T GET IT, YOU MIGHT SPREAD IT, by Dean Solden

Hello everyone,

During this difficult time, we all need to find some ways to let off some steam, and get some stress release. As many of you know, music helps me, as I am also as professional musician, besides being Founder of Vibrant Life and a part of the Management Team.

A few weeks ago, late at night, I wrote a tune called, If you don’t get it, you might spread it.  It was originally intended for our young staff, who early on in the virus crisis, were still learning the ropes about social distancing, hand washing and staying at home.  It evolved into a general message to the public.

I did an original “home-video” version.  Now, with the help of some friends across the country, mostly done in our home studios, we have made a more professional version of the song.  You can find it on youtube, and you can find it right here.

Please pass this on to any person or group you feel still needs the reminder.  It also may help you move your feet around a bit!

Enjoy, stay home, and stay safe,

Dean Solden, Founder, Vibrant Life Senior Living

deansoldenmusic.com     deansolden.vibrantlife@gmail.com

 

Musical Minute – Social Distancing with Song!

During this time of extreme social distancing and facility quarantine, it is important to keep perspective and possibly a sense of humor and entertainment.

All four of our locations are doing virtual meetings and have been posting pictures with messages from our residents to their families.

Over the weekend, I made a home video from a song I wrote to help our staff “get it” about social distancing and infection control.  I hope you like it, and please share it with friends and family. If we spread this video hopefully we can stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Happy Magic Music Moment!

Dean

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Musical Minute -Vibrant Life Choirs – Singing and Chanting

by Dean Solden, founder of Vibrant Life Senior Living, and professional musician

Just about every week I have the pleasure and opportunity to play music either with or for “the people who live here” (residents) at Vibrant Life Communities.  I have a ball, and so do they.

For years, I have played jazz, rock, oldies, standards, and even my original music.  They love it all.  I don’t just play the traditional songs of the 30’s and 40’s – we have many other musicians who come in every week and play and sing with the people who live in our communities.  I like shaking it up!

Two New Vibrant Life Choirs

Recently, however, instead of just playing for the people who live with us, they get to be musicians too!  We have started two new choirs in our communities:

  • The ‘Tic-Toc” memory care choir at our New Friends Memory Care community in Kalamazoo
  • A yet unnamed choir in our Vibrant Life Superior (Ann Arbor/Canton) location.

Check out the Tic-Toc Choir Music Video HERE. 

It is amazing how well the Vibrant Life Choirs sing!  Now THEY are the active participants, not just the listeners.  In too many activities in too many days, the people who live in assisted living communities are the observers and not the participants.  Almost everyone they come in contact with during the day is the “alpha-male”.  Music is a great way for people to actually participate in one of life’s most treasured activities – Singing!

RelatedVibrant Life’s Music Program

It’s Not Just Singing

We also do chanting, drum circles and percussion circles.  Singing is actually quite complex.  It involves creating a musical note, adding a word, and then that word has meaning.  Three things at once!  I like to break it down and sometimes we just focus on the singing of a tone – with no words.  I have people close their eyes and we sing a note together.  We can feel the vibrations of the voices.  They can feel it themselves.  We can feel how their voices blend.

As one person said, “it’s like we are holding hands with our voices.” 

I also explain that chanting can be very soothing and help people get to sleep.  If you have trouble sleeping, start chanting a note, breath in, and chant a note on an “ee” sound, very slowly.  Breath out.  Then start again.  If you do this a few times, it may help you get to sleep.

The people who live at Vibrant Life Senior Living love music and we love playing for them.  We try to have music on a daily basis.  Come on by some time and join us as we chant and sing.  Wait until you hear us add the words!

Happy Magic Music Moment!

Dean

Learn More

You can learn more about our assisted living or memory care services on our website, or contact us for more information.

Come in for a visit to learn more. Call (734)847-3217 or send us a note:

Schedule a Visit