“It’s not every day that you get to make someone’s dreams come true,” shared Amy Pearson, Board Certified Music Therapist for State of the Heart Care. With Amy’s help, Robert Stigleman, who resides at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, OH, has finally had his lifelong dream of hearing one of his songs on the radio come true. Robert is a hospice patient with State of the Heart Care. Amy was approached by one of the nurses at Brethren Retirement Community, Ellen Shilts, who felt Amy may be able to help him. Robert had written over 20 songs in the 1940s in a songbook that at some point through several moves and life events, he had lost. After he began working with Amy, he was able to recall 9 of those songs. Amy and the staff at State of the Heart learned of his wish to hear one of his songs on the radio and they knew it was something they wanted to help him accomplish.
Amy used her guitar and helped put music to one of Robert’s songs, “Hillbilly Meetin’.” Together they sang and recorded the song. Amy then did a radio interview on WERK, 104.9 with Steve Brown. The radio show host gladly helped the agency make Robert’s dream come true, and they played his song on the radio. The staff at State of the Heart wanted to do a little extra for Robert so Sara Joseph, who does graphic work for the agency, designed a songbook with each of his songs listed as well as an album cover. Amy and Sara presented the gifts to Robert and he was amazed and appreciative, even offering to pay Amy for all she had done. “Robert was very grateful, he couldn’t believe what we had done,” shared Amy. “I feel it gave him a renewed sense of hope and something to look forward to.” The duo plans to continue to work on his other songs and possibly record those as well.
Amy will also be traveling to WTGR in Greenville to have the song played on the radio as well as WCSM in Celina. The Brethren Retirement Community is planning a time where Robert and Amy can play his song for other residents. State of the Heart would like to thank the community for coming together to make Robert’s dream come true. This is an example of just one of the ways that State of the Heart lives out its motto of “Care Without Limits.”