Chamber CEO Dirk Webb shares this archive story, which is just as true today as it was when Lambert’s Music was our Small Business of the Year finalist.
I made an appointment with Judy Lambert of Lambert’s Music (2012 MCC Gala Small Business of the Year Award finalist) to visit and to tour the shop on behalf of the Madison County Chamber.
Judy showed me around the shop and the gleaming new Lowrey Organs, ranging from a small model that you could load in your car to the fabulous “Virtual Orchestra” that is basically a musical computer. With one finger she demonstrated a train setting so real you could almost feel the heat from the boiler. Then she set the auto chord features and played a toe tapping rendition of “The Orange Blossom Special.” After we had talked for a few minutes about some of the realities facing a downtown business, she invited me to stay for a concert there on the sales floor.
A few minutes before 1:00 they began to file in; an older generation who came to see the new Virtual Orchestra, to hear organ instructors play, to enjoy some snacks and most of all, to enjoy each other’s company. Counting heads, I was surprised to find that about 75 people filled the chairs and were ready for the concert.
The staff opened by demonstrating some of the Pipe Organ sounds the Virtual Orchestra could produce. He played “Amazing Grace” and “His Strength is Perfect,” as well as the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which had a full orchestra and march drums behind it.
Another Lambert instructor then followed with rousing 50’s style music and finally demonstrated the full effect of the organ with the theme from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On.”
If you were to take this concert at face value you would say, “Isn’t this a nice thing Lambert’s is doing.” But it’s more, much more than that; and oh so important.
Lambert’s hosts a weekly “Friends Playing for Friends” event on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Two upcoming events are:
Lambert’s also is the Anderson Chapter home of L.I.F.E. (Lowrey Is Fun and Easy), which meets periodically through the year. Providing a meeting place for organ hobbyists, the group has nearly 185 members and joins forces to learn, teach and share their love of music.
Members play each month at several locations, including assisted living facilities and senior citizens groups. They also participate in activities to earn money for charity.
I was told that for many, their physician has told them to find an activity they enjoy which would provide mental and physical stimulation. They chose L.I.F.E. Some of the benefits of these gatherings include social interaction, a creative outlet as well as motor and mental exercise that may even help prevent or delay the onset of dementia.
The group even has its own L.I.F.E. newsletter that warns the members, “Common side effects include but are not limited to uncontrolled head bobbing, toe tapping, finger snapping, selective hearing impairment and persistent melody flashbacks.”
But don’t forget, Lambert’s also offers guitar, piano and percussion lessons too.
For more information call Lambert’s Music at (765) 641-1200 or visit their website at www.lambertsmusic.com.