This was my second time involved in Karaoke at the Home. The first time I was the carefree example acting pedestrian crossing the road; carry umbrella and nobody notice etc…hehe
It was a very different experience to lead elderly to sing song with us . The worries are most of the elderly’s dialect group is Cantonese ,and their favorites songs may be in 40s, 50s and 60 s which they are more appreciated.In my experience, most of them dont speak or express much during the normal lesson. Question , how to warm and hit up the karaoke session ?
Prep and Commence
Well , lucky enough we had kitchen’s aunty as usual wearing the apron outfit to start the session with a couple of nice Cantonese Songs (majority of elderly are Cantonese ). All or majority elderly were quietly listening and eyes attentive to the screen.
Next our best host and co- coordinator of every events, Catherine started to interact with the few elderly to participle. They responded well especially the first row elderly .
In the mean time, observed that the rest of the volunteers behind the stage were tried to fill the gap and evenly spread out among the elderly . They were ready to guide the elderly and encourage them to sing along with us . Great team spirit .
At about 3 pm , the sky started to cry . I was inspired by the weather to sing the hokkien song “ sky black black “, not sure after completed the song , the elderly and your face turn black black or not , but kept to yourself if you turned black : ). The next volunteer is our macho guy kiwi whom has the strong vocal voice and follow by Cathrine, Joanne , and we had a song sang by Kiwi and Joanne…. Alot of variety …..
The atmosphere had warmth up after the few songs. The singing session kept flowing with different language songs and singers , nice and sweet voices like Molly , Jane and Son Daren , Michael …. .
Michael learn to Rock and elderly goes crazy
Our newly born star from EMI; Michael ( Cui Xian friend) , had touched some of her fans heart , giving flowers to the elderly while singing (hey , if there is best stage performance , I would give a award to him ).
The nice and warmth gesture from Michael must had driven some of the elderly crazy
( don’t imagine that the elderly starts to stand and shout like crazy fans for the idol ). I had realized some of the elderly started to request song ; and their expression were actually lighten.
I encountered one elderly requesting song but too bad not is in the song sheet . There was this elderly who had the vision problem actually expressed to me that song were sang very well.
Song sang by Uncle Siew and best performance
It was very encouraging that elderly requesting to sing song. Perhaps was Michael act inspired him to sing , hopefully the elderly can give him flowers (whom Micheal give) but unfortunately . Michael shall present flower to him too .
. The song Uncle Siew chosen was a difficult one ( rate of 10/10 ) , as need to catch a lot of breath, he managed to complete the song with the guidance from Cathrine to slow him down .
We had actually awarded the karaoke king to Uncle Siew for his best effort and courage.
All the volunteers were supportive and encourage the elderly to clap hands. Also observed volunteers approached and communicated with elderly . It is the interactive session that keeps the session lively .
As the whole , the session would not have complete without the present of the volunteers help and support. It would be much much better if every volunteers that day can participate the singing.
We ended our session with the Grand finale song “ better tomorrow “ but could not find it and finally chosen a song “ understand my heart “ , hopefully all the elderly enjoy the session .
Cathrine also gathered feedback from elderly if they would like to have karaoke session next month , and one responsed negatively : ( , so I guess she had no choice but to follow majority.
Joke of the Day
While Volunteers helped the elderly to move to back to their seat , because the shortest path was jammed , Kiwi suggested to take the highway PIE (the other side from the lift area ) ; indeed he reached earlier than us , guessed he traveled 100km/ h cause I think that side no speed camera , and actually I imagined that the elderly hair stands up when he reached the place ……: ) kidding la…. .
Thanks for the present and Time well spend .
Blessing all good health and happy always.
Have a great week ahead .