Amy & Adams * LIGHTS ON! *
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We're Amy & Mark
Adams-Westin from Saint Paul, MN. Amy & Adams, the musical duo, IS our day
For the last several minutes rushed, kind aids have been guiding someone's parents, grandparents, or great grandparents in wheelchairs, walkers, and on their own into the community or dining room where we are setting up our sound system. In another few moments we will start our show for the smiling and with it, the somewhat beguiled, and some who struggle to remain awake and upright in their seats.
But we are confident that before they all know it, that ancient Hit or Hymn will ignite sparks of recognition in those few seemingly blank eyes, retrace young smiles amid the wrinkles, and reawakened bodies. We notice someone who, mere moments ago, was all but lifeless singing with us. Someone who they tell you later "has not even spoken since her family left her here several months ago." Your show is done and visibly younger folks line up to grasp your hand and, "thank you kids, " because, "you are just great."
No gig, not even Central Park for a half a million, could top this moment. This is life as relevant as on any "reality TV" show, as vibrant and vital as in any bar, hipster club, or arena. We've just helped refresh and revitalize that life, and by God, they've just refreshed and revitalized ours.
You know what a sustaining miracle music is in your own life. This is why we are asking you to help us continue to bring that same miracle into the lives of wonderful folks who are underserved because of the universal trimming of budgets everywhere, especially in assisted living, memory care, and nursing home facilities. We'd like you to help us fund shows, at no charge, to these homes that have had to reduce or cut them altogether.
If you can fund $5,000, we will do 25 shows; $10,000, 50 shows; or, our dream, $20,000, 100 shows at no charge. Your help, whether $10 or $10,000 will bring music and joy to so many, and a smile to your own heart.
Find us at: www.amyandadams.com
Amy's Original Amy & Adams LIGHTS ON Poster
There was also a poignant moment when a gentleman who'd been standing and singing over by Mark came up to shake Mark's hand and to say that he had dementia and didn't know how much longer he could keep coming here. He took a bit of time to say his name was Earl. He said he had another name too and asked another guy if he could help him remember. Well everyone was wearing a name tag, and so Mark looked at the tag and said, "Scooter." Scooterl said, "that's right Scooter, Thank you." They shook hands and Earl AKA Scooter said something again about his dementia and not knowing how much longer he had. Mark, patted him on the shoulder and said, "well today Earl you're doing just fine."
We can't imagine a better life. Thank you donors for your gift of LIGHT. We are so proud you trust us with your gifts, support, and love. You bless us.
Amy & Mark
PS. actual names were changed to protect identity.
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Last night we were told by family members who attended a recent memorial service for a lifelong member of Amy's church, how much the show we did at his care facility meant to him. Our show was just 2 or 3 days before he left this earth. His family members who had come for the show that day said that our LIGHTS ON! show brightened his spirits and brought him great joy, and meant alot to him. This news filled our hearts, and brought a tear or two to our eyes, and confirmed to us just why we do this, and how blessed we are to have such loyal and generous fans. Mark & Amy
I love your posts on how your shows go. How lovely to have music fill the air and hearts of people needing just that. Come to think of it, we all need it! Keep on keeping on, Dear Hearts!
Thank you all for your early kindness ans support for Amy & Adams * LIGHTS ON! * cammpaign. You've already funded 1 1/2 shows. Tomorrow we will call the perfect place for our first free show! We're pleased and excited!