|November, 2010 - This is national music therapy conference month, and this year's event was
held in Cleveland. I spent most of the time in the hotel. It's downtown location did not offer much
in the way of nearby entertainment. My session entitled Effective Music Therapy Strategies for
Seniors was well-attended and well-received. Also had contact with a representative from
London publisher Jessica Kingsley encouraging me to submit a proposal for a book on this
With regard to work with seniors, I have found that my methods have almost totally changed in
the last few years. I don't think what I was doing before was wrong, but what I am doing now is
much more effective.
Continued visits with Dr. Don Michel regarding the revision of our book, Music Therapy in
Principle and Practice. Don's health has been failing following the death of his wife in June. He
has trouble concentrating on the ideas that we are discussing. I fear that he may not be able to
assist in the completion of this project.
The national financial crisis seems to be getting worse instead of better. I am not opposed to
an increase in taxes, if that is what it takes to continue the services that we enjoy and to keep the
government solvent. The wealthiest of our citizens - the ones who can easily afford to pay more -
seem to be the ones who are most opposed to higher taxes. I am not sure why this is so.
Having never been wealthy, I cannot realistically put myself in their position to better understand.
Texas Country Reporter, a TV production that is syndicated to over twenty markets in Texas
began filming a segment about the Bell Band. I left a videocassette with them over ten years
ago. Evidently it finally came to the top of the pile. I am excited about this project.
November, 1974 - The last few weeks I've experienced such difficulty securing a tape recording
for a Christmas program from a company in Michigan that I was beginning to suspect that
someone with the initials R.M.N. might be on the board of directors. It finally came in the mail
today. I haven't had a chance to check it for accidental erasures.
Some folks in real estate are apprehensive about the impact of the energy crisis upon new
construction. I'm not terribly concerned, because I feel that good housing will always be a top
priority in this nation. Perhaps we will learn to drive less and stay at home more. One change
may occur. When you purchase your new home in the upcoming months, the seller may request
that you give him his down payment not in cash, but in gasoline coupons.
The recent "truck-ins" on eastern highways are not the solution to the dilemma of this branch of
the transportation industry. They only disrupt and hurt the average citizen on the road who, for
the most part, has no way of solving the problem. I realize that many of these dedicated men
have tremendous investments of time and money in their chosen work, but this is no justification
for acting like children on the playground when things don't go just right. Some of them may be
forced to change jobs at a reduction in pay. If so, it wouldn't be the first time that fluctuating
economic conditions in this nation have made changes necessary. I have faced similar
situations myself, and I can tell you it's not the end of the world.
A friend's wife went to the local dentist and had her teeth cleaned. In a few days a bill came in
the mail for $24.00. Thinking perhaps there had been some error in the bill, my friend visited
"Dr. Clean" and was informed that the bill consisted of the following: Cleaning - $12.00,
Examination - $6.00 (how can you clean teeth without examining them?), and, finally, Tooth
Brush Instructions - $6.00. This last item consisted of a one minute discourse explaining how to
use an electric toothbrush. If the job done on her teeth is as slick as the one done on her
pocketbook, she should have the brightest smile in this fair city.
Alliteration, the gift of many great poets, sometimes appears in places where we least expect
it. I was driving on Oak Lawn in Dallas the other day, and there, side by side, were the "Perky
Poodle" and "Presto Print". Then there's the song I wrote a few years ago where I actually
accidentally (honestly) fell into the following line that was just too beautiful (or too corny) to
change. It goes "If we should meet another day, forgive me if that look of longing lingers in my
eyes." Now you know why I do not earn my living as a songwriter.
I commented before about car manufacturers using wide angle lens to photograph their new
models to give the impression that they are longer and more sleek than in reality. With the
impending energy crisis and a definite trend away from "gas gulpers", I expect that Detroit will
begin using lens that make the cars look short and compact. I believe that the size of the car is
not the prime factor. With lightweight metals now available engineers should be able to design
a good sized automobile that would still get good mileage. It would mean sacrificing engines
that can do 110 in 10 seconds of less, but such a sacrifice would only mean fewer deaths on the
highways and less pollution in the air. Come on, America - we can do it!