Lauren Learns…Handbells

2016NewsletterHeadline_f1eb24psd.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

One of my main goals working in the TV Studio is getting out in the community as much as I can to meet new residents and explore new groups. Last week, that is exactly what I did…and it was a blast!

Now, let me preface that I am by no means musically talented. I used to sing (back in the day) and play the piano…but I sort of cheated my way through that. I would always memorize the pieces and try to play them based on where the notes were on the piano rather than reading the sheet music. If you asked me what a B flat looked like on sheet music- no way I could tell you, but if you asked me to find it on the piano-done.

 Side note: I do enjoy blasting 80’s music in the car and singing at the top of my lungs…so that counts for something, right?

 When I was asked to come play with the handbells I was a bit nervous. One of the first questions Carol asked me was if I could read music to which I responded very hesitantly, “ummm…yes?”

 Fast forward two weeks, and I’m part of the group ringing my bell and following sheet music. Now, I will say I did only  have one bell to ring, which was middle C, so that did make things a bit easier. But it was so interesting to see how many residents were playing 2, 3 and even 4 bells when I couldn’t even keep track of one!

 I have to admit, I did get lost within the pieces once…or twice…maybe even a few times, but who’s counting? I would glance up and look back down to realize I was completely out of place. As I quickly learned, focusing was not my strong suit.

 It was nice to spend time with the residents to see how their group worked. It was very laid back and everyone was super welcoming and encouraging. The room was always full of laughter, which is something I am immediately drawn to. For anyone thinking about joining this group, I would say go for it! If I can do it, so can you!

 Some things I learned from playing with the handbells:

  • I am now officially called a “ding a ling”
  • I still cannot read music
  • I get distracted very easily
  • I realize I am, by no means, musically talented
  • I should definitely stick with TV

 This episode airs on Wednesday, March 1st at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available the following day online at

 A special “Thank You” to Carol and the group for letting me spend the morning with you and “learn” what you do!



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