Kacey Musgraves sang Christmas songs in Wilkes-Barre nursing home before Kirby Center show
Country music singer Kacey Musgraves brought her very first Christmas headlining tour, “A Very Kacey Christmas,” to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre last Friday, Dec. 9, but that wasn’t the only holiday-themed concert she performed that day.
About 12 hours before she took the stage, Musgraves and her band visited the Little Flower Manor, a nursing home in Wilkes-Barre owned by the Diocese of Scranton and staffed by the Carmelite Sisters, to entertain the elderly residents with some cheerful Christmas tunes. Musgraves said the oldest resident living there was 107.
“It was very special spending our morning with the sweet residents of Little Flower Manor,” Musgraves wrote on Facebook. “I got so inspired after seeing the documentary called ‘Alive Inside’ (about using music as therapy). I’m gonna make it my mission to visit as many as I can when time allows. It was so beautiful to see their spirits start to sparkle after hearing music they remembered. Music heals.”
Musgraves seemed to be holding back tears when she recorded a video soon after her experience:
Y'ALL. 😭 We had the best time this morning. The power and memory attached to music is extraordinary. Starting now in the cities we come to I will do my best to make it to as many of these places as I can. I was inspired to after seeing the documentary "Alive Inside" – which I highly recommend. ❤️ One woman (Lillian) who was turning 94 today told us that it's our generation's job to "do better than her generation." Grab an elder and squeeze them tight. We're lucky to have them around! [lemme also preface by saying I'm not posting this to be like "oh look how nice I am" – I am just blown away by the impact that this business I am lucky to be able to work in brings!]
“We had the best time this morning. The power and memory attached to music is extraordinary. Starting now in the cities we come to I will do my best to make it to as many of these places as I can,” she continued on Instagram.
“One woman (Lillian) who was turning 94 today told us that it’s our generation’s job to ‘do better than her generation.’ Grab an elder and squeeze them tight. We’re lucky to have them around!”
In another video, she captioned it “favorite audience ever,” performing songs like “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas:”
— KACEY MUSGRAVES (@KaceyMusgraves) December 9, 2016
When there are so many stories about performers with self-absorbed “rock star” attitudes, it’s nice to see a successful musician with a big heart, especially around the holidays.
See photos from Musgraves’ Christmas concert at the Kirby Center here.