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Owl in the Straw Hat

Author Denise Chávez and illustrator El Moisés celebrate Rudolfo Anaya’s Christmas book, Owl in the Straw Hat, a children’s story full of New Mexican characters, geography and traditions.

AIRED: December 19, 2020 | 0:26:45
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FREDERICK HAMMERSLEY FOUNDATION...

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THIS TIME, ON COLORES!

AUTHOR DENISE CHÁVEZ AND ILLUSTRATOR EL MOISÉS

CELEBRATE RUDOLFO ANAYA'S CHRISTMAS BOOK, OWL IN THE

STRAW HAT, A CHILDREN'S STORY FULL OF NEW MEXICAN

CHARACTERS, GEOGRAPHY AND TRADITIONS.

REPURPOSING ANTIQUES SCOTT HILDEBRANDT, AKA MISTER

CHRISTMAS, BUILDS MAGICAL, MINIATURE WORLDS.

ILLUSTRATOR CARA HANLEY SEEKS A RELATIONSHIP

BETWEEN OUR INNER WORLDS AND LARGER SOCIETY.

MUSIC AS SPEECH THERAPY.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUFFERERS GATHER TO SING SONGS.

IT'S ALL AHEAD ON COLORES!

RUDOLFO ANAYA'S CHRISTMAS GIFT.

>>DENISE CHÁVEZ: "NEW MEXICO CHRISTMAS STORY"

OWL IN A STRAW HAT 3 BY RUDOLFO ANAYA.

ON CHRISTMAS EVE MORNING THE WISDOM SCHOOL STUDENTS

PLAYED IN THE SNOW WHILE THEY WAITED FOR SCHOOL TO START.

OLLIE TECOLOTE'S PARENTS HAD SENT HIM TO WISDOM

SCHOOL SO HE COULD LEARN TO READ.

AND THERE HE CONTINUED HIS STUDIES.

HIS CLASSMATES WERE UNO THE UNICORN, JACKIE

JACKALOPE, BESSIE BEAVER, SALLY SKUNK, ROBBIE

RABBIT, AND NINJA RACCOON.

THEY WERE ALL BEST FRIENDS.

IT HAD SNOWED THE DAY BEFORE IN CHIMAYO AND THE

VALLEY AND THE SURROUNDING HILLS WERE BLANKETED IN

SPARKLING WHITE POWDER.

THE VILLAGE LOOKED LIKE A PICTURE POSTCARD.

>>EL MOISÉS: THIS GROUP OF CHARACTERS THAT, UH,

RUDOLFO ANAYA CAME UP WITH, HE, NOT ONLY DID HE

BRING PEOPLE OUT OF THE COMMUNITY BUT HE ALSO

BROUGHT ANIMALS THAT ARE HERE NATIVE TO NEW MEXICO.

CROWS.

THE RAVEN.

THE OWL.

RACCOONS.

SKUNKS.

"OWL IN THE STRAW HAT" IS, UH, OLLIE.

OLLIE IS THE IDENTITY OF A CURIOUS CHILD OF WANTING

TO LEARN AND WANTING TO KNOW AND SEEK NEW THINGS.

THAT'S WHAT RUDY REALLY DID.

HE TOOK THE CHARACTERISTICS OF WHAT

OWLS TEND TO BE WHERE THEY'RE, THEY'RE CURIOUS,

AND THEN THEY GROW AND DEVELOP THIS SHARPNESS.

AND THAT'S WHY OLLIE, IF YOU SEE, HE'S GOT THE BOW TIE.

I DEVELOPED THAT.

BUT THEN HE STILL HAS THAT FARMER'S RANCHERO HAT TO

KEEPING DOWN THE ROOTS.

>>DENISE CHÁVEZ: NANA RANG THE SCHOOL BELL.

NANA WAS OLLIE'S GRANDMOTHER AND THE

TEACHER AT WISDOM SCHOOL.

"ES HORA DE CLASE!"

"TIME FOR CLASS!"

"HAY, QUE BONITA LA NIEVE!"

"ISN'T THE SNOW BEAUTIFUL?", NANA ASKED.

AND THE STUDENTS AGREED.

NOT ONLY WAS SNOW GOOD TO PLAY IN, BUT IF IT SNOWED

THE MOUNTAINS WOULD BE FULL OF WATER IN THE

SPRING FOR FILLING THE ACEQUIA.

PLANTING AND TAKING CARE OF A GARDEN WAS A VERY

IMPORTANT PART OF SCHOOL.

FROM THE KITCHEN WAFTED A DELICIOUS AROMA FROM THE VERY

BIG POT OF POSOLE NANA WAS COOKING ON A WOOD BURNING STOVE.

[SNIFFING]

"WHAT IS THAT SMELL?" OLLIE ASKED.

"OH, COME INTO THE KITCHEN AND SEE" NANA SAID.

THE STUDENTS GATHERED AS NANA STIRRED THE POT.

"THIS IS POSOLE." NEXT TO THE POSOLE SAT A SKILLET

OF CHILÉ COLORADO.

"THE RED CHILÉ WILL FLAVOR THE POSOLE AND THE TAMALES

THAT THE THREE LITTLE PIGS ARE BRINGING LATER.

TODAY, POSOLE WILL BE SERVED IN ALMOST EVERY

HOME IN NEW MEXICO!"

AND POSOLE MEANT THAT CHRISTMAS HAD TRULY ARRIVED.

>>EL MOISÉS: THAT'S THE BEAUTY ABOUT THIS BOOK IS

WHEN YOU SEE THE POSOLE THE NANA'S PUTTING TOGETHER

AND THEN THE UH, THE THREE LITTLE PIGS BRINGING TAMALES.

WHAT JOY!

WHAT, WHO, THAT WHOSE DOOR WOULD THAT NOT BRING JOY TO, RIGHT?

UH, RUDOLFO ANAYA THROUGH HIS LITERATURE AND MYSELF

THROUGH MY WORK, WE WERE ABLE TO LEAVE A MESSAGE

AND GIVE A MESSAGE TO NEW MEXICANS THAT CHRISTMAS IS

NOT ABOUT GOING OUT SHOPPING AND BUYING THESE

BIG ELABORATE GIFTS, OR WHO HAS THE MOST GIFTS.

RUDOLFO LEFT IT IN WORDS ABOUT HOW COMING TOGETHER

THROUGH COMMUNITY, THROUGH FRIENDS AND FAMILY,

AND KNOWLEDGE, BECAUSE OF NANA.

UH, AND STORYTELLING, WHICH RUDOLFO ANAYA IS DOING.

THEY, UH, TOLD US A STORY AND THEN NANA IN THE

BOOK IS TELLING A STORY BACK THROUGH TRADITIONS

AND HOW PEOPLE GATHER TOGETHER WITH FOOD.

SO AT THE END OF ALL OF THIS, RUDOLFO LET, US IS

LETTING US KNOW THAT UM IT'S ABOUT FAMILIA.

IT'S ABOUT BRINGING PERSONAL GIFTS AND GIVING AND SHARING.

AND WHEN WE GATHER TOGETHER WE CAN TELL STORIES.

AND WE ALL KNOW THAT RUDOLFO ANAYA WAS A GREAT STORYTELLER.

>>DENISE CHÁVEZ: A SONG FROM A CHOIR OF ANGELS ROLLED

DOWN FROM THE HILLS FILLING THE VALLEY WITH ANGELIC MUSIC.

AFTER THEY STOOD AND LISTENED FOR A WHILE,

NANA WHISPERED "IT'S TIME TO GO HOME."

THE SHEPHERDS FOLLOWED HER UP THE FAROLITO PATH.

IT WAS VERY LATE WHEN THEY GOT BACK TO WISDOM SCHOOL.

THE TIRED SHEPHERDS ATE BISCOCHITOS AND DRANK HOT

CHOCOLATÉ, AND TALKED ABOUT THE MIRACLE THAT

THEY HAD JUST SEEN.

THEIR GIFTS HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE BABY JESUS.

AND IN TURN, HE HAD BLESSED THEM.

I'M SPEAKING FOR RUDY.

HE WROTE THIS STORY BECAUSE IT WAS

A BEAUTIFUL GIFT TO NUEVO MEXICO.

IT'S, IT'S INTERESTING THAT THIS QUINTESSENTIALLY

NEW MEXICAN STORY THAT COVERS ALL THE BASES, LOS

PASTORES, THE FOLKLORE, THE TRADITIONS.

UM, IT HAS EVERYTHING THAT IS SACRED TO US.

OUR FOOD.

OUR DRINK.

OUR CULTURE.

OUR LANGUAGE.

THIS WAS RUDOLFO'S GIFT TO US AND, UM, IT'S MY GREAT

HONOR TO HAVE READ THIS STORY AND TO SHARE IT WITH PEOPLE.

BECAUSE HE WAS ONE OF LO NUESTROS.

ONE OF US.

AND IT'S NOT SURPRISING THAT HE WOULD WANT TO

LEAVE FOR THE OTHER WORLD WITH A GIFT THAT WOULD

RESONATE WITH US.

CHRISTMAS TIME IS A TIME OF GIVING.

WHAT GREATER GIFT TO GIVE THAN THE SPIRIT OF WHO HE

WAS AND WHAT HE LOVED?

THANK YOU, THANK YOU RUDY.

MINI WORLDS OF WONDER.

>>SCOTT HILDEBRANDT: THE WAY PEOPLE REACT TO MY ART IS

DIFFERENT AND, AND FUN AND PRICELESS ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

WHEN THEY SEE THAT THE PIECES LIGHT UP AND THEN

IT'S FUN TO SEE THEIR FACES LIGHT UP AND I SEE

THEIR IMAGINATION LIGHT UP, AND IT'S REALLY KIND

OF A FUN THING TO SIT BACK AND WATCH.

IT'S REALLY SUCH A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE TO

HEAR PEOPLE TELL ME ABOUT HOW IT MOVES THEM AND, AND

THE FEELINGS THAT IT INVOKES IN THEM.

THERE'S NOTHING IN THE WORLD LIKE IT.

IT FEELS WONDERFUL.

MY NAME IS SCOTT HILDEBRANDT AND I'M A

MINIATURE ARTIST AND I WORK WITH REPURPOSING OLD

CLOCKS, CAMERAS, RADIOS AND TV'S.

I WOULD SAY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, I HAVE PROBABLY

BUILT CLOSE TO ABOUT MAYBE THREE THOUSAND PIECES, ALL

DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES.

NOTHING IS REALLY OFF LIMITS.

AND THIS IS ACTUALLY AIRPLANE SALVAGE.

SO, THIS IS AN OLD WHEEL COVER FROM AN OLD LANDING

GEAR, AN OLD CESSNA 182.

THE LOVE OF MINIATURES PROBABLY STARTED WHEN I

WAS CLOSE TO SIX OR SEVEN.

MY GRANDFATHER USED TO PUT UP HIS OLD TRAIN SET FROM

WHEN HE WAS A BOY.

AND I JUST REMEMBER BEING IN AWE OF HOW BEAUTIFUL IT

WAS AND HOW IT RAN AND ALL THE LITTLE MINIATURES THAT

WENT WITH IT.

AND I WAS JUST FASCINATED WITH IT.

AND AS I GOT OLDER, I WOULD BUILD MODELS.

AND I LOVED THE SCALE OF TRYING TO RECREATE THESE

SCENES IN MINIATURE FORMAT.

>>THIS IS AN OLD HARDBACK CASE AND THERE'S A LITTLE

SWITCH ON THE BOTTOM.

IT MAKES 'EM PORTABLE SO YOU CAN PUT THEM SOMEWHERE,

BUT YOU CAN OPEN IT UP AND HAVE A NICE LITTLE DISPLAY.

MR. CHRISTMAS IS A TERM OR

A NAME THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME PROBABLY ABOUT 10 YEARS

AGO WHEN I FIRST STARTED DOING THIS.

>>CUSTOMER: IT'S VERY CREATIVE WHAT YOU'VE DONE.

HILDEBRANDT: THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

CUSTOMER: BEAUTIFUL WORK.

I FOCUSED ON VINTAGE CHRISTMAS PIECES AND MY

FIRST PIECE THAT I EVER MADE ACTUALLY WAS A LITTLE

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE THAT WAS UNDER GLASS.

PEOPLE TOOK INTEREST IN THAT STYLE OF ART.

AND SO, I, I JUST SORT OF ABSORBED THE NAME MR. CHRISTMAS.

I WOULD DESCRIBE THE PERSONALITY OF MY WORK AS MORE WHIMSICAL.

I THINK MINIATURES IN GENERAL REMINDS ADULTS OF

THAT SAME IMAGINATION THAT SOMETIMES YOU, YOU REPRESS

AND PUT AWAY AND IT, IT BRINGS YOU BACK TO A

REALLY GOOD PLACE IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU REMEMBER

WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER.

AND IT'S, IT'S ALMOST LIKE A SAFE PLACE AND IT

CREATES THESE WARM MEMORIES THAT PEOPLE LOVE.

>>CUSTOMER: WHERE DO YOU SOURCE YOUR ANTIQUES?

HILDEBRANDT: UM, I GO TO A LOT OF ESTATE SALES AND

FLEA MARKETS, UH, GARAGE SALES.

A REAL INTERESTING WEEKEND FOR ME WAS, IS THRIFTING.

A FUN WEEKEND LIKE THAT WILL TURN INTO FUN WEEKS

OF FINDING THESE PIECES AND THEN GETTING A CHANCE

TO, TO BUILD INTO 'EM.

THIS POOR CLOCK STOPPED WORKING.

A MOTOR BURNED OUT.

SO, I'M GOING TO REPURPOSE THE FACE.

I NEVER PUT PEOPLE INSIDE OF MY ARTWORK.

I FEEL LIKE THE SCENE ITSELF CREATES A WONDER OR

MYSTERY AND I WANT THE FOCUS TO BE ON THE

QUAINTNESS OF THE SCENE ITSELF, AND, AND THAT YOU

CAN IMAGINE YOURSELF MAYBE THERE.

THE THING THAT REALLY INSPIRES ME TO CONTINUE

WITH MY ART IS THE ABILITY TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT

CONNECTS PEOPLE TOGETHER AND THAT'S ALSO A VERY

ENDEARING CHALLENGE TO ME TO BE ABLE TO CREATE

SOMETHING THAT I CAN IMAGINE.

THERE'S NOTHING MORE SATISFYING THAN TO BE ABLE

TO COMPLETE SOMETHING THAT YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT.

IT'S JUST SUCH A, A FORM OF ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND

IT'S SO SATISFYING THAT IT, IT KIND OF MAKES ME

FEEL COMPLETE AS, AS AN ARTIST.

>>INTERVIEWER: DO YOU TITLE ALL YOUR PIECES?

HILDEBRANDT: I TRY TO.

INTERVIEWER: WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT?

HILDEBRANDT: UM, A CLEAR SUNSET.]

I CAN'T IMAGINE NOT DOING IT.

IT'S, IT'S, IT'S PART OF MY LIFE AND IT'S REALLY

PART OF WHO I AM.

VISUALIZING EMOTIONS?

>>I CONSIDER MYSELF ON THE INTROVERTED

SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM.

FOR MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE I HAVE LIVED IN SOME KIND

OF CITY SETTING AND I'VE ALWAYS REALLY ENJOYED AND

NEEDED THOSE TIMES OF FINDING SPACE ALONE WITH

MYSELF AND WITH MY THOUGHTS AWAY FROM THE

BUSYNESS OF THE CITY LIFE.

SO I, I REALLY AM INTERESTED IN FINDING THAT

KIND OF LIKE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OUR INNER WORLDS

AND HOW WE RELATE IN A LARGER SOCIETY.

THE CONTRAST THERE IS VERY INTERESTING TO ME AND I

THINK IT'S SUPER IMPORTANT WE KINDA LIVE DUAL LIVES,

IN TERMS OF WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE OF HERE AND LIKE

THE TIME WE SPEND LIKE BEING CONNECTED WITH OUR

SURROUNDINGS AND THE PEOPLE AROUND US.

I WENT TO SCHOOL FOR PSYCHOLOGY AND ART HISTORY

IN UNDERGRAD UP IN MONTREAL, WHICH I LOVED.

AND THEN I WENT TO GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK.

I WAS PURSUING BOTH THE ART PIECE BEING MY SIDE JOB,

OUTSIDE OF MY FULL TIME CAREER AS A MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST.

AND ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS AGO I LEFT MY POSITION AS A

MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST TO PURSUE MY ART AND

ILLUSTRATION CAREER FULL TIME.

IT WAS A LONG PROCESS BEFORE LEAVING MY DAY JOB.

SO FOR PROBABLY ABOUT THREE YEARS I WAS SELLING

ART, DOING COMMISSIONED WORK, WORKING MARKETS,

DOING ILLUSTRATIONS FOR LOCAL COMPANIES OR

PUBLICATIONS ON THE SIDE.

I DID A BOOK ON THE SIDE WHILE I WAS STILL AT MY DAY JOB.

AND THEN IT JUST KINDA GOT TO THIS POINT WHERE THE

OPPORTUNITIES WERE GROWING AND MY TIME WAS LIMITING

MY ABILITY TO PURSUE AS MANY AS I WANTED TO OF THAT.

I USE PRIMARILY WATER COLORING GOUACHE.

GOUACHE IS LIKE A COMBINATION BETWEEN AN

ACRYLIC AND A WATERCOLOR.

AND ALSO LIKE PENCIL AND PEN LINE DRAWING

TO CREATE DEFINITION.

BUT I WOULD SAY MY SUBJECT MATTER TENDS TO BE ON THE

SURREAL SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM.

I GET A LOT OF IDEAS JUST LIKE RANDOMLY.

ESPECIALLY IF I'M LIKE IN A HEIGHTENED EMOTIONAL

STATE, SOME KIND OF A VISION WILL COME.

CURRENTLY I'M WORKING ON A PIECE THAT'S GOING TO

INCORPORATE AN ANATOMICAL HEART SO LIKE FEELING LIKE

KIND OF THE LIKE A TIGHTNESS THERE OR THERE

NEEDS TO BE MORE CONNECTION TO THERE.

AND THEN FEELING THAT LIKE PULLING MIGHT CREATE

ANOTHER IMAGE OF EITHER A ROAD LEADING THERE OR SOME

KIND OF PATH THERE.

THEN I WILL USUALLY START WITH LIKE A THUMBNAIL

SKETCH AND THEN I SKETCH OUT A ROUGH SKETCH OF

WHERE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ON THE PIECE.

BUT MOST OF THE PROCESS IS WITH THE WATERCOLOR AND THE PIECE

EVOLVES LIKE OF IT'S OWN ACCORD TOO WHILE I'M PAINTING.

IT NEVER COMES OUT LOOKING EXACTLY LIKE WHAT I

EXPECTED IT TO LOOK LIKE IN THE BEGINNING.

ZIPPER, OH MY GOSH.

ZIPPER IS LIKE THE BEST THING THAT'S EVER HAPPENED TO ME.

I ADOPTED ZIPPER ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO.

MY FRIEND CONVINCED ME TO GO TO THE MOHAWK HUMANE

SOCIETY AND JUST LOOK AT THE CATS THERE.

AND THERE WERE TWO CATS THERE.

THERE WAS ZIPPER AND THERE WAS MARIO.

AND MARIO WAS LIKE THE MOST ANXIOUS CAT I'VE EVER

SEEN IN MY LIFE.

LIKE THE POOR GUY WAS JUST HIDING IN

THE CORNER OF HIS CAGE.

AND ZIPPER WAS JUST LIKE A TOTAL LOVING CAT,

IMMEDIATELY JUMPED ON MY LAP AND I WAS LIKE ALRIGHT

I NEED TO TAKE HER HOME.

IT'S JUST SO INTERESTING TO HAVE ANOTHER LIVING

ORGANISM BEARING WITNESS TO YOUR LIFE.

SO SOMETIMES I KIND OF THINK ABOUT THAT.

[LAUGHING]

LIKE LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF ZIPPER THE CAT.

I ACTUALLY THINK I'M WANTING TO RETURN IN SOME

CAPACITY TO AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT.

I FIND THAT HAVING THAT BALANCE IS REALLY

IMPORTANT AND HAVING A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME IN

WHICH I CAN DO MY ARTWORK ACTUALLY INCREASES MY

CREATIVITY AND MOTIVATION.

I FEEL A VERY SPECIAL LIKE FEELING IN MY HEART WHEN

SOMEBODY SAYS THAT THEY RELATE TO A PIECE.

AND THE FACT THAT SOMEBODY WOULD WANT TO HANG SOMETHING

THAT I CREATED IN THEIR HOME IS REALLY CRAZY AND AWESOME.

IT'S LIKE A REALLY INTERESTING WAY TO RELATE TO PEOPLE.

AN UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE.

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH

>> THE MISSION OF THE TREMBLE CLEFS IS A NATIONALLY

RECOGNIZED PROGRAM THAT IS FORMED TO

HELP PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE TO

HELP PRESERVE THE VOICE THAT THEY HAVE AND,

HOPEFULLY, MAYBE EVEN IMPROVE IT.

WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE AND SING

A SLEIGHING SONG TONIGHT

OH, JINGLE BELLS

WE HAVE A TWO-HOUR SESSION TWICE A MONTH.

I WORK WITH MY LEADERSHIP TEAM,

WHICH INCLUDES BRIAN LEWIS, WHO IS OUR PIANIST ACCOMPANYIST,

AND TIFFANY BURICH, WHO IS A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST.

JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY

WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A GRANT FROM THE PARKINSON'S FOUNDATION

SO WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE THESE SESSIONS AT NO COST.

IN THROUGH THE NOSE, OUT THROUGH THE MOUTH.

WE START OUT WITH A 15-MINUTE SIMPLE STRETCH

THAT I LEAD THEM THROUGH JUST TO GET ALL THE KINKS

WORKED OUT AND GET THEM LOOSENED UP, READY TO GO.

AND THEN TIFFANY TAKES THEM THROUGH A VARIETY OF

FACIAL AND VOCAL EXERCISES.

>>SPEECH THERAPY FOR A PARKINSON'S PATIENT IS SO

IT'S A NEURO-DEGENERATIVE DISEASE, AND SO THEIR

MOTOR NEURONS ARE AFFECTED, AND THEIR

DOPAMINE LEVELS ARE AFFECTED, SO WE DO VOCAL

FUNCTION EXERCISES TO IMPROVE THE INTENT,

BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES THEY'RE VERY SOFT-SPOKEN.

THEY ALSO HAVE A FLAT AFFECT ON THEIR FACE AND

EXPRESSIONLESS AT TIMES, SO WE TRY TO WORK WITH THE

MUSCLES AMONG THE FACE AND TRY TO HELP THEM SHOW MORE

EXPRESSION WHEN THEY'RE COMMUNICATING.

AND WE TRY TO WORK ON THE ARTICULATION WITH CONCISE

AND PRECISE SOUNDS.

ARTICULATE THEM NICE AND PRECISE, AND THEN WE'LL DO

IT WITH THE PIANO.

LET'S GIVE IT TO ME ONE MORE TIME.

>>[ALL] ME, MAY, MY, MO, MOO.

>>AND THEY ALSO BRING IT ALL TOGETHER FOR SINGING

TO BRING IN THE PROSODY AND THE RESONANCE SO THAT

THEY'RE ABLE TO STRING WORDS AND SOUNDS TOGETHER,

AND ALL THAT IS POWERHOUSED BY THEIR

BREATHING, WHICH WE WORK ON THEIR RESPIRATION AND

WORKING AND SINGING FROM THE DIAPHRAGM SO THEY HAVE

ENOUGH SUPPORT TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES.

>> I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S IN 2012.

>> I'VE HAD PARKINSON'S SINCE ABOUT 2007.

>>I'M A NEWBIE, I'VE HAD PARKINSON'S ABOUT A YEAR AND A

>> MY BIRTHDAY IS MAY 24TH, AND THE 26TH I WAS DIAGNOSED.

SO, I GOTTA WRAP IT UP AND KEEP IT NOW.

>> WHEN YOU GET PARKINSON'S, YOU'RE IN

DENIAL, FIRST THING YOU DO IS GO INTO DENIAL.

IT CAN'T BE, IT MUST BE SOMETHING ELSE.

>> [PETE] WELL, AT FIRST I WAS ANGRY, WHY ME.

WE WENT BACK FOUR GENERATIONS IN OUR FAMILY AND NOBODY HAS IT.

>> PARKINSON'S HAS A SNEAKY WAY OF DIMINISHING

A LOT OF THE SKILLS THAT WE HAVE LIKE WALKING,

TALKING, MOVING, LOVING, AND TREMBLE CLEFTS JUST

GAVE US A MORE POSITIVE FEELING, FOR ME AT LEAST, AND A JOY.

I LOOK FORWARD TO WEDNESDAYS.

>> PARKINSON'S IS BASICALLY TAKING

MEDICATIONS AND KEEPING MOVING, AND WHATEVER CAN

DO THAT, ACCOMPLISHES THAT, IS GOOD FOR YOU AND

GIVES YOU HOPE.

>> WE HAVE A LOT OF CARE PARTNERS THAT COME TO THE

PROGRAM AND WE ENCOURAGE THAT, I THINK IT'S A

REALLY BONDING EXPERIENCE FOR THEM, AND THAT WAY

WHEN THEY'RE HOME, SINCE WE ONLY DO MEET TWICE A

MONTH, IT WILL ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO PRACTICE ON THEIR OWN.

>> WE'VE BEEN MARRIED 57 YEARS.

SHE SINGS TOO, SO THAT'S GOOD.

WE TRY AND PRACTICE ONCE A WEEK AT LEAST.

>> I'M HAPPY THAT MY DAUGHTER ENCOURAGED ME TO

PARTICIPATE, 'CAUSE IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT I

WOULD'VE DONE ENTIRELY ON MY OWN.

I WOULD'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT, BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT

I WOULD'VE HAD THE COURAGE.

>> OH, MY WIFE HAS BEEN A TERRIFIC SUPPORT FOR 60

YEARS, NOT JUST THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

I'M THE LUCKIEST MAN IN THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO

THAT PART OF LIFE.

>> WHATEVER HE NEEDS, WHENEVER HE NEEDS IT, I'M THERE FOR HIM.

WE'VE BEEN MARRIED 60 YEARS, AND WE'VE RAISED

FIVE KIDS AND 14 GRANDKIDS, AND NOW WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS,

AND WE'VE ALWAYS GONE THROUGH THINGS TOGETHER.

>> SHE SINGS RIGHT NEXT TO ME, SINGS RIGHT ALONG WITH ME.

MAUREEN HAS GOT A UNIQUE VOICE.

>> I LIKE THE SINGING PART.

WHEN I WAS A KID, I DIDN'T HAVE A VERY GOOD VOICE AND

MY KIDS WOULD SAY TO ME, "UH, JUST MOUTH THE WORDS, MOM."

BUT HERE THEY TELL YOU YOU CAN SING.

>> BEING THE DIRECTOR OF THE TREMBLE CLEFTS IS THE MOST

EXPERIENCE I HAVE HAD AS A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST.

OVERWHELMING, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, THE FEELING I

HAVE ABOUT IT IS JUST PURE HAPPINESS.

A LOT OF TIMES YOU'LL SEE ME WITH TEARS UP HERE

BECAUSE I'M SO PROUD OF THEM AND I'M SO HAPPY TO

SEE HOW HAPPY THEY ARE AND HOW PROUD THEY ARE OF

THEMSELVES, THAT NOW THEY ARE ABLE TO EXPRESS

THEMSELVES AND COMMUNICATE.

>> YEAH, THERE'S A MARKED IMPROVEMENT FROM SINGING

AND BEING INVOLVED IN THAT, ALONG WITH THE

BOXING AND INVOLVEMENT FOR PARKINSON'S.

YEAH, I'M DOING A LOT BETTER NOW.

>> WELL, I HAVE A STRONGER VOICE THAT I DID BEFORE.

BEFORE PEOPLE WOULD ALWAYS SAY, "WHAT DID YOU SAY,"

AND I'D HAVE TO REPEAT MYSELF, AND I'D TELL THEM,

"WELL, I'M JUST REHEARSING THE FIRST TIME,

"HEARING WHAT MY THOUGHTS ARE, "AND IF I THINK THEY'RE WORTHY

OF REPEATING, "I'LL REPEAT IT LOUDER,"

BUT IT DIDN'T ALWAYS HAPPEN.

>> MET A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE, AND WE HAVE ALL

DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, AND WHERE YOU GET TO MEET

FRIENDS 'CAUSE WE REALIZE THAT IT HELPS US.

RAISING OUR VOICE, DOING THE EXERCISES, IT HELPS

SLOW DOWN THE ONSET OF PARKINSON'S.

>> I ENJOY THE FRIENDSHIP THAT WE LEAD AND WE'RE NOT

ALONE ANYMORE, THAT'S THE BIGGEST THING.

>> AND THAT GIVES YOU POWER.

THEY SAY THERE'S POWER IN NUMBERS, AND IT'S CERTAINLY

>> MUSIC IS JUST AN EMOTIONAL PART OF US AND

IT GIVES JUST SO MUCH JOY TO EVERYBODY INVOLVED.

>> WHEN YOU FEEL JOYFUL, YOU BURST INTO SONG, YOU

DON'T BURST INTO TEARS.

IT'S DEFINITELY THERAPEUTIC.

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