Singing for the joy of it
Tunes keep coming with senior group
FOR the last 20 years, Keith Newlove has spent one day a week singing his heart out to bring a bit of joy to others.
Mr Newlove is one of two founding members left in the Edgewater Signers, a singing group that started at Edgewater Retirement Village at Bli Bli that performs at nursing homes across the Coast.
Mr Newlove said while he wouldn’t call himself the best singer, he has the best time doing it and loves seeing the joy it brings to residents of the nursing homes.
“The other week we were singing at a home and I remember seeing this lady who had been wheeled out in a bed and she looked so sad but as soon as we started singing I saw this light come into her eyes and she actually started wiggling her feet,” he said.
“That’s why you do it, because it bring that joy to people.”
Mr Newlove said the group, who’s average age is 80, is always looking for more members.
“The more voices, the better we sound,” he said.
“We aren’t a technical singing group so we love to have big numbers to make us sound even better.
“You don’t have to live at the village to join, or be a good singer. We just want people who love singing to come a long and have a good time.”
Sandi Creedon joined the group three years ago, and is one of the newer members to the group.
Initially having been volunteered to join by her sister, Ms Creedon said it has become one of her favourite activities.
“You go to the nursing homes and there are people there who have dementia, but as soon as you start singing they instantly recognise the song and start singing along, knowing every word,” she said.
The group rehearses Wednesday mornings from 9-10.30am at the Community Hall at the village.
Anyone interested in joining is invited to drop into rehearsal.
That’s why you do it, because it bring that joy to people.
— Keith Newlove
SENIOR SINGERS: Edgewater Retirement Village singers rehearse their old-time classics that they perform at 14 nursing homes across the Sunshine Coast.