I went to a music gig on Thursday, my first for the reason that pandemic hit. After I arrived, there have been no parking spots left on the venue — typical. I parked on the road close by and walked towards the sound of “I ain’t seen the sunshine since, I don’t know when …”
Johnny Money’s “Folsom Jail Blues” was being sung by native musician John Curry. His viewers? The senior residents of The Village of the Heights, an assisted residing facility within the near-north Houston neighborhood. About two dozen of them and workers members sat on chairs unfold out in entrance of the constructing. A number of extra considered the present from the balconies above. The apparel was informal, though a pair residents dressed up for the event; a two-piece ensemble lined in a pink rose sample may very well be noticed within the crowd.
Curry appeared the half: man bun, shades, tattoos, ripped denims, hunched over an acoustic guitar stitched with black duct tape, his blue velvet-lined guitar case mendacity beside him.
“I’ve bought to be trustworthy, that is the primary time I’ve performed in fairly just a few months, so I’m tremendous excited,” he informed attendees from underneath the Greenwood King Properties-branded tent pitched within the parking zone.
The workforce at the actual property agency’s Heights location organized the live performance as a solution to give again throughout the pandemic. The workers on the retirement neighborhood informed them the seniors wanted new actions. They have been bored, unable to go outdoors or obtain any guests.
“We needed to do one thing for the neighborhood,” stated realtor affiliate Cassandra Craig. “Put smiles on faces.”
The residents loved an hour of reside music, with classics from the likes of The Animals and Tom Petty, in addition to some John Curry originals. They gently swayed and bopped alongside, tapping their ft and clapping to the rhythm of the songs.
“Yeah! You’re good,” yelled workers member Theresa Pinkney from the viewers, her phrases of encouragement barely muffled by her face masks. She gave two enthusiastic thumbs up as if to substantiate her message.
Craig stated Greenwood King Properties is contemplating throwing extra social distancing-friendly occasions sooner or later to carry cheer to individuals within the neighborhood, hopefully involving native musicians, who’re having a troublesome time.
Throughout the road from The Village, a person sat on his porch listening to the music as he typed on a laptop computer. One other one paused for a couple of minutes on his entrance garden, curious concerning the spectacle, earlier than ducking in his automobile. Maybe there’s curiosity for an encore.