Calgary musician Bob Chartier had a special audience as he performed one of his original compositions on Monday in a park in Inglewood.
“Well, here’s ‘The Granddaughters Waltz,’ singing for my granddaughters here,” Chartier said.
Chartier was playing the song at the start of Seniors’ Week in Alberta, although he would really prefer not to talk about the occasion that way.
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“I don’t like the term. I don’t like “old age, seniors”. I like “old,” Chartier said, “and so I decided to call this project“ Eldersong. “
“Eldersong” is an online music presentation that Chartier organized in part to boost people’s morale during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m looking for music to bring me joy, joy to my family,” Chartier said.
He teams up with other musicians of the same vintage for the event.
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“I started looking around Calgary, and there are literally hundreds of seniors playing,” Chartier said. “I have chosen seven Elders, and they are telling their story of what music means to them right now – a celebration of Elders making music.”
In addition to playing songs, Chartier is also the host of the presentation.
Weeks in preparation, it’s a project that makes her granddaughters proud.
“He’s just a young soul, and he pushes himself to pursue things for others and also to give inspiration to his community,” said his granddaughter Emma Neal, “so I think it is. great what he does. “
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