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Music is the best medicine of all:
A heartwarming father-daughter story

At a time when our world sorely needs some feel-good news, we are so thrilled to share a heartwarming story that came to us initially when Lee and Sri discovered a YouTube video (link) of Mary Elizabeth Long-Simpson and her dad, William Long, playing “You Are My Sunshine” together. This precious video absolutely captured our hearts and opened us to a bigger story that beautifully illuminates the healing power of music…and love.
As daughter Mary Elizabeth puts it, most up-and-coming artists don’t move into a nursing home to begin their music careers, but that’s what her now 84-year old father did around five years ago. Though William hid his talents until he came to the nursing home, he has actually been playing the harmonica since he was fourteen years old. (In fact, when Mary Elizabeth started buying him harmonicas for his birthday or Christmas, her dad would tell her what key he needed and he’d always say, “...and make sure it’s a Lee Oskar!”)
Despite suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and never publicly performed until he became a resident of the nursing home, he has since gained notoriety as “the harmonica man,” playing for fellow residents along with a guitar player, Joe, who works at the facility and would play with him on his breaks. 
Recently, William recorded his first album, “Unlocked and Loaded” at this facility, which features him playing Country and Gospel standards. All proceeds from the sale of this album go to benefit Music and Memory, which is an incredible nonprofit organization that helps Mary Elizabeth work therapeutically with her father to help him sustain his cognition and memory through music.

And, as it is so often the case in the world of music, one good thing sparks another. As Mary Elizabeth describes, “Dad and Joe would play concerts for the residents, and they started winning talent shows! So, I would sit there and hand dad the correct harmonica, and one day I thought, ‘I want to play music with my dad too,’ so I taught myself how to play the guitar (quickly)! It sure made our visits much more enjoyable for everyone! Music IS medicine!”
And the good news story continues when Sri reached out to Mary Elizabeth after she and Lee saw the video, to let her know how much they loved it. Lee and Sri felt moved to send them a special gift, including t-shirts, stickers and a handwritten note from Lee, which Mary Elizabeth has framed and will take to her dad as soon as visitors are allowed again. We were also delighted to send Mary Elizabeth her very first harmonica after hearing that she had just learned to play guitar, and were so thrilled to find out that she recently took her first harmonica lesson from Lee Oskar Harmonicas Featured Teacher Steve Lockwood on her dad’s 84th birthday, to top it off!  We love stories like this that demonstrate how music is the best medicine of all.

Mary Elizabeth Long-Simpson with her original "Lorene Mann" guitar and dress which has helped to  inspire her to learn to play, sing and write music of her own. 

Jeremy Park‘s unique sound traces back to his early childhood and perfectly blends the distinct twang of country, the vibe of Americana, and the authenticity of bluegrass. His hybrid, signature sound is demonstrated beautifully in his debut album, “Roots,” which was released to critical acclaim in 2019.

Jeremy’s colorful musical career began when he was four years old. He performed with his grandfather, harmonica player Roy Burcher, and his best friend, Charlie McCoy, of the Million Dollar Band (a country music group that performed regularly on episodes of the television hit series, Hee-Haw). As the musical director of Hee-Haw, Charlie invited Jeremy to play on stage with him from age five to his mid-teenage years. During those performances, Jeremy would open up for country music acts such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Mel Tillis and many more. 

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You can pass the time away learning to play music. In the words of Lee Oskar, " Lee Oskar Harmonicas - are for the musically hopeless," so let Steve help you to learn how to have fun exploring with the harmonica!

Lee Oskar Harmonicas Featured Teacher, Steve Lockwood is a virtual music teacher who is ready to help children and adults worldwide connect by offering harmonica lessons over the internet. Give him a try and see how easy & fun his approach is.
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