Music has the Ability to Calm Any Storm
Elliott Rose is a Cedar Village resident and self proclaimed music lover, who prefers to listen to music over watching TV. He is an avid Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald fan. Elliott’s mother, Beatrice, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. Elliott was born in 1925 in Waterbury, CT and grew up to join the Air Force as a captain. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, a battle British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill stated admiringly as “…undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.” Through it all, Elliott had his music. Elliott married Norma in 1955. They have 3 daughters, Diane, Amy and Robin.
Elliott and Norma instilled the love of music in all three of their daughters, all of whom grew up taking piano lessons, and Diane, the oldest, also took voice lessons. Today, all three still love to sing, especially when Amy plays the piano. Amy made a career out of teaching piano. Today she continues to teach piano, and is co-owner of the Cincinnati Music Academy.
“There was always music playing in our house when we were growing up,” says Amy. “We had background music playing every night at dinnertime.” Amy fondly remembers her father loved to whistle along to the music. Norma’s mother and her sisters had been very accomplished pianists. Although the grandchildren never heard them play, there was a piano at Grandma’s house, and it was played it every time they visited.
Elliott now struggles with memory loss and sometimes agitation. When he is at his most agitated, Amy will take him to the piano on the floor he lives on in Cedar Village and will play to soothe him. He loves to keep a beat to the music, and will play along with any rhythm instrument they have on hand, while reminiscing about the past using the music as a guide. The music allows Elliott to feel like himself again, and brings him happiness. Music has the ability to calm any storm.
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