A Song of Dedication for A Time of Change

by Kimberly on November 19, 2009 · 3 comments

Four-and-a-half years ago I started working with my first client, a residential treatment center for abused and neglected children. I was hired to provide 6 hours of group and individual music therapy for the children living there. I had never worked with at-risk children before and was soon “hooked.”

Since 1976, the Namaqua Center has helped heal countless children and families touched by abuse and neglect. But due to changes in the state’s treatment philosophy, Namaqua will be closing it’s residential services as of tomorrow, November 20th.

It’s a new and exciting change (to read more about it, click here), but also bittersweet. It’s never easy to say good-bye.

So to commemorate Namaqua’s 33 year history, I’ve written a song. It’s inspired by the memories, ideas, and input of the children and staff. I asked the children what we should call the song. Their answer: The Namaqua Song.

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Roia November 24, 2009 at 6:03 am

First of all, very nice song (you have a lovely voice). After a few rounds of the chorus I had to add in some harmonies. Second, transitions are so darned difficult, aren’t they? Good luck through this one (to you and to the folks/kids you work with).
.-= Roia´s last blog ..You don’t know what people know when they can’t tell you… =-.

Kimberly November 24, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Thank you, Roia. Transitions (change) are always hard–but invariably I also find they can bring some amazing experiences. I am excited for that. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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