A Song Just for Me: Stirred by Music to Conversation and Compassion


These stories are based on Mary Kiki Wilcox’s 12 years of volunteer work in the health center of her senior community, where she takes recorded music, on a CD player, to the residents in the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities. They listen together, as a group, in their weekly “Mostly Music” sessions, or individually, in their rooms. She has a wide selection of music to share, ranging from classical to popular standards and show tunes. Her listeners talk-about whatever comes, whatever moves them. What Mary sees in the faces of her neighbors as they listen to the music, and what they choose to talk about, touch her deeply. These people become her friends.

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Mary Kiki Wilcox
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers (March 10, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches

Mary Kiki Wilcox lives in a senior community in Palo Alto. When her husband died in 1999, she looked for a way to bring joy and meaning back into her life. A life-long lover of music-classical, opera, show tunes, carols, and songs — she has for the past twelve years done volunteer service visiting with seniors, many of them bed-bound or in wheelchairs, or suffering from dementia. She brings them joy by playing for them their favorite recorded music.

“Wilcox is a true healer who shows us that we can uncover the wholeness in others and celebrate it by sharing anything we genuinely love. Mary is not just a superb story teller…she is a Blessing and a friend to life itself.”
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. author of Kitchen Table Wisdom