Music & Memories

By Leslie Moore

Music & Memories

Music & Memories Jacque Richardson, Thrive at Prince Creek

Is there a song or band that always brings back good memories for you?

I have always loved beach music. In fact, my wedding song was “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” by The Tams. Another song that always warms my heart is “What a Wonderful World,” by Louie Armstrong, and any Christmas music, especially by Luther Van Dross.

What was the best concert you’ve ever attended?

Who would you like to see in concert that you haven’t seen?
I shy away from crowds and never go to big concerts. Growing up, my friends and I went to see small bands, not just to listen, but to dance! I love all kinds of music, especially live music, and would like to see Barbara Streisand because her voice is beautiful and Third Day because I love their message. Yanni is also an old favorite that I would like to see.

How has music affected your life?

In my hometown, Mullins, we had an event called Sing-a-long with Mitch that was held every year during the Christmas season. It started with a just few couples – all close friends. We would go to one friend’s apartment and decorate her tree, eat and sing Christmas carols. Each year it grew a little larger, and we would have more people. Eventually we moved to my friend’s river home and finally had to move to the National Guard Armory in Mullins. Hundreds of people came every year to decorate, eat and sing their hearts out. Their “admission” was a toy for a foster child. I will never forget how moved I was seeing a tractor trailer truck come to pick up all the toys we collected for children who wouldn’t have had much for Christmas without our help. My dear friend who started this event passed away, and she requested that two of her favorite songs from Sing-a-long with Mitch, “What a Wonderful World,” and “Christmas in Dixie,” be played at her funeral. It was an incredible tribute to a very special person.

How have you seen music affect the seniors you work with? Especially those in memory care.
Music is the international language. It touches everyone, no matter the age or stage in life. I truly believe it touches the soul and is a magical healing tool. I remember a woman who didn’t speak for years. When she attended a church service at my community, she sang every word, note for note of “Amazing Grace!” Even at the end of our journey, we can still hear and feel music. At our community we employ various forms of therapy, including music therapy – and our residents will always start clapping, tapping their feet and some even get up and dance.

How can our readers make the best choices for care for their parents or grandparents? Where should they start? How can you help?

First and foremost, I encourage folks to reach out to me or any of my team members by phone or stop by to share their “story.” We then begin to build a trusting relationship. Using our knowledge and experience in the senior living industry, we advise families on the various options that are available.

Thrive Assisted Living and Memory Care is located at 699 Prince Creek Parkway, Murrells Inlet. Call Jacque at 843-353-1525 or email

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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