Here is a wonderful feel good story from KARE11’s Boyd Huppert. Minnesotan Bob Knutson was not much for music when he recently inherited 17,000 “oldies” vinyl records. But when Knutson began listening to them something magical happened. He really enjoyed the music. Then he had an epiphany. His own enjoyment of the old music must be shared by others in his community. Since then, Knutson has donated more than 40 turntables to local assisted living communities. Every month he stops by with another batch of oldies to share with aging senior residents…
RED WING, Minn. – Bob Knutson spent his working years as a welder. But he is first to admit he lacked a spark for music.
Now, every month Knutson drives a 200-mile route making sure music finds its way to senior citizens, too.
“This is a calling,” the founder of Songs for Seniors said. “It’s the best gift you could give these seniors.”
Knutson’s path from retiree to music man started when a neighbor died, leaving him with more than 2,000 vinyl records.
Though never drawn to music before, Knutson started listening. Among waves of Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, inspiration struck.
If Knutson could find enjoyment from the old albums, he reasoned, maybe others would too.
In 2014, Knutson dropped off his first turntable and speakers at a Red Wing nursing home. Four years later, he’s delivered more than 40 record players to senior communities in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
“This is better than medicine and it’s easier to swallow,” said Knutson, repeating one of his favorite lines.
Mary Dougherty is activities director at Preferred Senior Living in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, one of the senior communities on Knutson’s route.
“The music just brings so many memories to them,” Dougherty said. “There are some people that don’t talk anymore and music will bring them back. They can sing a song even when they can’t talk.”
This is so much better than those albums being locked up in a private library. Now people who truly love this old music have access and can enjoy it. And this kind act is changing lives for the better. Check out the full story including a video that will definitely bring a smile.
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