Singing Trips

Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney enjoy singing for our greatest generation. To do so they traveled to senior centers all over Central Arkansas and added Star City, Pine Bluff, Hot Springs and Camden in the past couple of months. The music they play is a journey back through memory lane by singing songs from the roaring 1920’s, American Doo-Whoop 50’s, soft rock ’60s,  Country, Blues, Broadway, Patriotic, Folk and Gospel. Memory Care Centers especial benefit from this music therapy as faces lite up and they start singing along. For independent living centers its a fun variety show where folks laugh at Rod’s country style jokes and good family fun.

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To contact for programs in the state of Arkansas write carol.dabney@yahoo.com

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A note found in the elevators at FoxRidge Chenal.  Carol and Rod sing for senior communities and centers as often as once a month and get to know folks. They have a very fun time of it. Everyone sings along. They will learn request for the next month. They also enjoy doing themed programs such as Hawaiian Luaus, Mardi Gras, Christmas, Easter parades and family dinners.

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Rod setting up for Patriotic Program at Long Meadows in Camden July 2019

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Singing for a huge family dinner at Presbyterian Village in Little Rock

Playing for the folks at Woodland Heights

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Rod and Carol enjoy entertaining  for the greatest generation. They have done so much for our country and we honor them. May God bless you all this 4th of July. Happy Birthday America.

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Music by Rod and Carol

Music by Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale. We met at a Fall Festival in 2014. Rod was playing music and I was teaching music at St Mark’s Day School. We started paying music together right away. We had both just lost our mom’s to Alzheimer’s and were independently playing music for nursing homes, so we just continued this amazing mission together, b/c singing for the greatest generation of Americans is a blessing to us. Presently we are regularly singing for over 30 different venues of this kind each month, as well as festivals and children’s libraries.

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I played the ukulele and Rod plays the guitar and harmonica.

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My day school children just love Mr. Rod when he comes to do our annual Veteran’s Day program and he plays his harmonica and shows them some magic tricks. Rod served in the Navy and was in the golf industry for over 35 years. He has one son that works at Disney World as a golf pro. instructor. Now that Rod is retired he can sing with me every day after I come home from school.

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I love teaching music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School in Little Rock Arkansas. I have five children and nine grandchildren. I lived in Hawaii for 20 years and that’s why I play the ukulele. I have been a radio disc jockey and music resource teacher at many schools and churches. This picture was taken at don Roberts School in Little Rock.

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This is where we met. The Plantation Cotton Festival in Scott, Arkansas. That’s Rod getting ready to go on ‘stage’ and sing. He asked me out that day and we have been together ever since. I know what you’re thinking, and Yes!  he is as cute as pecan pie. This country singer sitting in front of this amazing cabin was more then I could stand, so I scooped him right up . See, I was raised on a goat farm in Madison county and so this is my cup of tea. I love this cabin and I love the country.

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Of course we composed our own wedding song from the book of Ruth… “Where You Go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” We were recording music at Blue Chair Recording studio in Austin, Arkansas with a talented engineer Darian Stribling. He was helping us record audiobooks and songs for children and presently we are working on a country album. All our music has beautiful violin music played by noted musician Tim Crouch. He makes the arrangements come to life. I wish we could record more, but its costly, so we pay as we go, recording whenever we have extra money in the kitty.

This beautiful picture was taken by Rebekah Schmitz at the school where I teach

  • side note here: Both Darian and Tim have been nominated for the Arkansas Country Music awards to be held in Maumelle June 3, 2019. Very excited and proud to know them.

    We are having so much fun with music.

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We even did a bit of a road trip this year. During Thanksgiving break we sang in Camden Arkansas where Rod went to school. This was sponsored by Woods Catering. We sang for the nursing homes and the library. 140 children turned out to have Christmas stories read to them, sing Christmas songs, and see a bit of Mr. Rod’s magic.

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We also traveled to Star city during Spring Break and what a sweet town. We have plans to return several times this summer and fall. Looking forward to that.

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Singing Patriotic shows at the Air Force Base in Jacksonville library, and we will return July 11. Patriotic show at  Sherwood Elmcroft.

We sang Christmas songs and read a Christmas story for children “Twas The mouse Before Christmas” a Christmas tale I wrote and Rod and I sang. A film producer and writer friend of mine John Elchier captured the storytime and put it on YouTube.

Also Rod became the singing Santa at a Christmas in July program at Andover Place

( that’s why he has shorts on)  don’t you love those groovy socks?

Carol and Rod 1950s sang at a 1950’s sock hop patriotic Veteran’s show in North Little Rock.

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  • This was a fund raising event for Alzheimer’s at Pleasant Valley.
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  • Singing in the Antrium at Woodland during a snow shower. April Pollard took this picture.
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  • Mardi Gras program at Stonehaven.
  • A Roaring ’20’s show at Andover with director Donya.
  • Singing Christmas carols at the Capital every December is a highlight. Pictured with my sister Cindy and daughter Michelle dancing hula to White Christmas.
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    Hawaiian shows at Woodland with the staff. Bryant Sr. Center and Elmcroft in Maumelle.

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  • Composing music for our country album. Picture during Parkstone program.
  • Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin Arkansas. We are having a great adventure and excited to see what’s next. I guess we can say, you are never too old to live your dreams. Thanks for stopping in. May God richly bless you with family, friends, and a dream in your heart.

ParkBench Interview

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ParkBench interview of Carol Dabney by Barb Roberts 2019

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I big Thank you to Barb Roberts for this ParkBench interview.  She talks with folks every day to share their work and she shows such amazing support for others.

 

Music by Rod and Carol August 2016

We always thank our seniors for the contribution they have made to our great nation. They are always a wonderful audience to sing for and we are so blessed to have the opportunity to do so. We end our shows with God Bless America blending two of our greatest passions into music- God and country. Singing at Fox Ridge in North Little Rock on a Sunday afternoon in August. Rod playing his harmonica and guitar, telling jokes and making folks laugh. We sing a variety of music and since we return each month we can learn music they request, such as Tennessee Waltz, Summertime and How Great Thou Art.

 

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Briarwood residents really like Hank Williams songs. Then the Hawaiian Luaus…

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Big crowd at the Bryant Senior Center Hawaiian Luau. August 2016. Little Grass Shack, Tiny Bubbles, Hukilau Song, and the Limbo Song. Hula and lots of good food.

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More Hawaiian fun at The Manor in Little Rock. Was able to share about my Ohana in Hilo that I love so much: Rainbow Falls, snow-capped Mauna Kea, Kilauea Volcano. Oahu where my daughter was stationed in the Army, North Shore, Sea Life Park. I played my ukulele and we danced a bit of hula.

Then we went back to our regularly schedule programs of country, folk, patriotic, gospel and blues at Brookdale, Elmcroft and Fox Ridge till the end of August. Then school started and I went back to teaching music at St. Mark’s Day School where I work during the school year.

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We always thank our seniors for the contribution they have made to our great nation. They are always wonderful audiences to sing for and we are so blessed to have the opportunity to do so. We end our shows with God Bless America blending two of our greatest passions: into music- America and God.

Our music and books are available at Amazon. Please take a moment to check out our children’s books:

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

 

 

Singing with Rod and Carol May 2016

Rod and I love singing together. We both have a passion for God and country. We sing a variety of songs from country, folk, gospel, patriotic, blues, oldies, Broadway, and even Hawaiian. Here are some pictures of our events in May of 2016. We started out at the Scott Fire and Rescue Department fundraiser dinner. Scott farming community has a special place in our hearts because we met at the Scott’s Plantation Settlement Cotton Festival 3 years ago.

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With fire chef and Bobby Joe Turner.

We sing as regulars at Elmcroft Nursing home in Maumelle twice a month.

Our summer was filled with several Hawaiian Luau programs. Pictures from Andover Place and Presbyterian Village in Little Rock.

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We also sang and read stories for several schools starting with St. Marks. Spring Butterfly story Bows and Butterflies about Carlos the caterpillar. This story is available on Amazon along with the audiobook we read.

Brookdale became a regular starting in April 2016, singing every first Saturday of the month in the late afternoons.

We were the musicians for a service downtown Little Rock at Quapaw Quarter’s Methodist Church.

Yes we are available to sing for your event or program if you are in the Little Rock area. We sing at schools, festivals, churches, funerals, fire departments, libraries, and nursing homes. Just email me at carol.dabney@yahoo.com

Children’s events coming up is Holiday House with Santa on Saturday November 12 from 9-noon at the Arkansas State Convention Center. The Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas tree lighting on Saturday December 3 from 6-8 singing Christmas songs. The Maumelle public Library December 10 and 11:30 for story time reading of Twas the mouse and Christmas and Golfing with Santa plus Christmas songs. The Clinton Children’s Library Monday December 19 at 11am story time and songs.

All our books are available on Amazon. Carol Dabney. Thank you for your support.

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

Singing at Nursing Homes, a great generation part 2, Jan-April 2016

Singing at nursing homes and for assisted living residents is so rewarding. They seem to appreciate the music we share from the oldies, country, patriotic, gospel, soft rock, Disney, Hawaiian, and folk. We take pictures of where we have been but do not take pictures of the their faces, however it is their faces that touch my heart when we sing a song and I see them go from sitting half asleep in their wheel chairs to their eyes lighting up and begin to clap and sing along. There is something wonderful in those faces when they start to remember through a song. It makes me wonder what kind of life did they have? What war, what work, what love, what families they had? My father had Alzheimer’s and forgot so much, but when I sang a song he remembered he could sing every word. Those songs would lite up in his eyes and he would say, “You made my day” so I found music reaches a part of our heart, music goes to the soul like nothing else can. It’s amazing and God has blessed me with the passion of music. I teach music to children at school during the mornings and the afternoons I sing at nursing homes. It is my gift, so I sing.

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Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney play music for the very young and the very old.

January at Elmcroft in Maumelle Arkansas with our one small speaker and one microphone we shared.

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in a bigger room at Elmcroft a few weeks later with a bigger speaker and two microphones.

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Elmcroft asked if we would twice a month. Rod likes to tell a joke or two …sometimes he is funny!

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in February we went to Lakewood Nursing Homer in North Little Rock  for their Valentines Program

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Mardi Gras program at Pleasant Valley Nursing Home

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we sang Oh When the Saints Go Marching In, Mardi Gras Time, and Proud Mary

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oh below is my son Josh… he plays the ukulele too. I lived in Hawaii for 15 years and all my children are musical and we would often play music as a family at the nursing homes on the Islands. This is Joshua’s senior photo. He attends UCA now.

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March and the St Patrick’s program at Lakewood… I love that they have the same white tree up for Christmas, then change to hearts for Valentines and then add the green hats for St Patrick’s celebration.

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In March and April we also went to Valley Ranch, Stonehaven, Brairwood and Andovere nursing homes in Little Rock.

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Got hula… got Hawaiian luau music

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Love to sing patriotic programs… Rod and my dad were in the Navy…my sister is a retired Air Force Lt Col. and my daughter is a Army captain.

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in April there was more Hawaiian fun. Looking forward to more. We are working on recording a album of our own music for a summer time release 2016 Nothing Better Than You… of songs we have composed.

other music available at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Just-My-Imagination-Carol-Dabney/dp/B00004RI81/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461411794&sr=8-1&keywords=Carol+Dabney+music+Just+My+Imagination

 

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Fall Festival music 2015   with Don’t Worry, Be Happy, You are my Sunshine, and Red and River Valley

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Harmonica at Elmcroft Nursing Center … bringing back musical memories to the folks in the Alzheimer’s wing with Blowing in the wind, Hey Good Looking and Just a Closer Walk with Thee.

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You are my Sunshine, Oh Susanna and God Bless America

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some of our very favorite nurses who give their all … they work so hard and smile always. We love Donna and Marie and Mia

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Veteran’s program with Heroes, Battle Hymn, and America

 

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Veteran’s program in November 2015  I’ll Fly Away, In the Garden, God Bless America

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Scott’s Plantation Settlement Veteran’s program, How Great Thou Art, Country Roads, and You’ve Got a Friends in Me

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Christmas 2015 at Elmcroft singing What child is This, Christmas in Your Heart, Silver Bells

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Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, Over the Rainbow, What A Wonderful World, and Sunshine on my Shoulder.

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Lakewood Nursing Home in North Little Rock Christmas 2015 singing All I have to do is Dream, Fools Rush In, Bridge Over troubled Waters

and Christmas music at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting 2015

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Pictures of the Christmas video taping

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Video Production of Christmas music What Child is This, Christmas in your Heart

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On the Set

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We sing and tell stories for classrooms, festivals and nursing homes. These are some of the nursing homes we enjoyed entertaining in 2015. It’s wonderful to see the folk’s eyes light up when they hear a song that brings back fond memories.

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