Hi MMD friends. Six years ago I moved to a retirement community.
There was no music program, so I decided to start one. I founded two
libraries which I had no idea how they would catch on. A new resident
offered to donate 600 pieces of sheet music, which administration
refused. I was there and asked for the sheet music. It was almost
all out of print from the 1920s and 1930s.
I was able to get another resident to put it in a data base for me in
alphabetical order. The word got around and soon older people started
donating their sheet music to the library. Today we have more than
20,000 pieces of sheet music from the turn of the century through about
The library is closed for the weekend, but on Monday I will search the
data base for "Bells Of Rheims" and see if we perhaps have the sheet
music you are looking for. I do this for music teachers, band leaders,
and a researcher from Penn State University.
The other library that I started is for musical instruments for lending
to our residents. We now have more than fifty instruments, including
strings, woodwinds, brass, and several keyboards.
On an unrelated subject, I want to thank all of you that responded to my
need of help restoring my PianoLodeon. I still do not have the motor
turning free, but the rest of the action is ready to go back into the
piano when I get the motor freed up. I have tried several gum eating
cleaners but it is still too stiff to run on its own.