Bread and Roses, the wonderful organization that brings live music to audiences who can’t get to them, recently asked me to perform for group of developmentally disabled adults at Marin Ventures, a day art facility serving them. They were one of the most involved and appreciative audiences I have ever had the pleasure of performing for. Following is a description of the show by Audrey Spector, Bread and Roses volunteer:
20 minutes before the show, the audience was ready and eagerly waiting for the performer to arrive. They were clearly excited to have a musician come and join them and kept asking us when that would be! After the first song that Dan started with, someone in the audience asked if it would be OK if they sang along! Many of the folks were familiar with the tunes, Blowin’ in the Wind, Imagine, Turn, Turn, Turn. They were clapping, singing and there were lots of contented faces with eyes open and eyes closed swaying to the music! When Dan said that he was coming to the end of the show and had time for a couple more tunes, they were clearly disappointed. They asked if he could come back, and if possible play some Elvis Presley when he does! Dan is a great guitarist, harmonica player and singer. He also played some of his original pieces that were very heartfelt and appreciated. Everyone enjoyed the show immensely!
I am honored and grateful that I have the opportunity to give back to the community doing something I love…playing music.