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Music Is a Universal Language

Music is the universal language, and for more than a century Ann Pamachena enjoyed the soothing effects of music despite all the historical changes, tragedies and moments going on around her: the Titanic, the Hindenburg, the industrial revolution, the stock market crash, a walk on the moon, the Holocaust, assassinations, and technological advances.  She lived through so many moments that changed the world yet Ann’s love of music remained steadfast. 

Throughout her lifetime Ann taught the love of music to many students.  Then in 2013, Ann and Jeffrey became hospice friends.  Ann, at the age of 104, still found purpose as she taught AseraCare hospice volunteer Jeffrey Phillips, age 24, to play piano.  Jeffrey, the shy and quiet young man, had intended to bring his guitar to the Golden Living Center with the hopes of soothing his new friend.  Little did he know that she would become his mentor.  Proper positioning, posture and practice were the teachings of this amazing Centenarian.

In the photographs you will see the connection these two friends had despite the 90 year age difference.  In special celebration of her 105th birthday the duo played together for all the residents and onlookers on December 13, 2013.  Sadly, Ann never lived to see her 106th birthday, but the music she shared and her teachings will live on in her students for many musical moments to come.

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