On January 2, 2009, I had the privilege of appearing as special guest artist (along with Gary and Chuck) at the Veterans Home in Boulder City, Nevada. What a wonderful gig that was!
First of all, the musicians (Gary Olds – drums and vocals; Chuck Hoover – keyboards) are absolutely incredible…some of the best I have worked with. I was truly honored that Gary called me to join them for the gig in the first place. Secondly, the audience was just SO appreciative of everything we did! We did about an hour and 15 minutes worth of music and they were so responsive and enthusiastic the entire time. As I said, it was truly a “privilege” performing for them!
Here’s a run-down of some of the songs we included in our set:
- God Bless America – Lisa and Gary
- Straighten Up and Fly Right – Lisa
- You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Gary
- At Last – Lisa
- Makin’ Whoopee – Lisa
- Lullaby – Gary
- Route 66 – Lisa
- Wee Small Hours – Lisa
- What You Won’t Do For Love – Gary
- Danny Boy – Gary
- Love Is Here To Stay – Lisa
- My Funny Valentine – Lisa
- Sweet Caroline (by request) – Gary and Lisa
- Sentimental Journey – Lisa
- America the Beautiful – Lisa and Gary
On a side note, the activities director of the Veterans Home mentioned to me that they are actually at a low occupancy right now, and there is no waiting list for the first time in years! She said that many more people actually qualify for full care than even realize it. If you know anyone (a US veteran, OR spouse of US veteran, OR a parent whose children all died during war time service in the Armed Forces) who might be in need of 24-hour skilled nursing care, please check out the Nevada State Veterans Home. It is an absolutely beautiful 82,000 square foot facility, full of caring staff and nurses. They have three neighborhoods, including one neighborhood offering two levels of secured care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illnesses. The Nevada State Veterans Home has been recognized time and time again for its modern amenities, exceptional programs, and full continuum of care.
We don’t have a board of directors requiring us to make a profit. What we are all about is ‘Caring for America’s Heroes!'” – Gary Bermeosolo, Administrator
To find out more, visit their website at http://www.veterans.nv.gov/veterans_home.html