During a time when everything stood still due to the pandemic, I spoke to a dear friend of mine who loved going to concerts. She missed the live music and personal interactions with people. And I missed playing my violin live for others.
At that time, my friend’s husband was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease already at an advanced stage. But, he too had loved attending concerts and would come to my recitals when he still was able to. So, I offered to play for them both. I wanted to see how my playing would be perceived by a person who does not recognize his family, his wife, or himself anymore – a person with whom conversation is not possible anymore.
We gave it a try. I experimented with different genres of music. I visited him on a weekly basis.