It started when my friend Mark Braun, better known as the blues and boogie-woogie piano phenomenon Mr. B, asked me to go for a bike ride with him, or rather with him and his custom built piano-bike contraption, the Joybox Express.
After 47 years of marriage, five children and 14 grandchildren, my husband, Marc, lost his beloved wife to Alzheimer's. Phyllis's illness spanned 10 cruel, heart wrenching years during which Marc was her soul caregiver.
This is a story of a recital, but it's also a story of how light created by music can guide us home to gratitude. To me, these lessons are even more powerful than recent research that reveals the positive impact of music on children's cognitive abilities.