Â 08/02/12 When Cindy Flagg of Millerâs Senior Living Community introduced Steven Douglas as the Saturday afternoon entertainment at Millerâs Senior Living Community, many in the audience thought he looked familiar.Â And so he is.Â Steve D as he prefers to be known comes to Millerâs on the fourth Thursday of every month as the Manan Hearing Care Specialist.
However, Steve D is also a musician. Â He opened his July 21st concert with âThe Star Spangled Bannerâ because as he explained he is âjust a patriotic personâ.Â He followed with âAmerica the Beautifulâ and asked the audience to sing along.
As his concert progresses Steve D becomes more than an entertainer he becomes a friend.Â He shares much about his life as he tells why he enjoys singing the songs he chooses.
For example:Â Heâs a Johnny Cash fan which is evident as he sang âFolsom Prison Bluesâ and âSunday Morning Coming Downâ.Â And, while people either really love Elvis or they really dislike Elvis; he really likes Elvis, thus he sang âBlue Suede Shoesâ followed with âBridge Over Troubled Waterâ which Elvis and many others have performed.
Before singing âCatâs In the Cradleâ by Harry Chapin, Steve D shares that he is a âPKâ.
âDoes anyone know what a âPKâ is?â asked Steve.Â Several nodded from the audience.
âYep, thatâs right,â said Steve, âIâm a preacherâs kidâ.Â And he went on to share a touching story about his father.
The song âBrown Eyed Girlâ led him to share about his daughter; whom has blue eyes.Â And âCalifornia Dreaminââ, made for great segue to learn of his face to face encounter with a sea lion while surfing.
As for his guitar playing, Steve D explains he decided when he turned 50 years old he was going to make a âbucket listâ of things he wanted to do before he left this earth.Â Learning to play guitar was going to be on that list.Â When he turned 48 he decided to get a head start and he disciplined himself to sit down everyday and practice.Â Â His practice has certainly paid off and is never more apparent than when playing his favorite southern gospel songs.
As he ended his concert with a gospel set the audience enjoyed singing along.Â Steve D seemed quite happy have them join him on such favorites as âMansion Over The Hilltopâ, âIâll Fly Awayâ, âWill the Circle Be Unbrokenâ, âHow Great Though Artâ and, of course, âAmazing Graceâ.
To learn more about Millerâs public events schedule please call 574-936-9801 and ask for Anna Corbett or Cindy Flagg.
Photo Caption:Â Steve D of Ft. Wayne poses with Mary Cooper at Millerâs Senior Living Community.