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Making music after the move

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June 22nd, 2010

Richard Seeley had already made a note to himself to find his way back into music, but shortly after he arrived at Linden Ponds in March 2010, the music found him. [caption id="attachment_12896" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Richard Seeley relaxes in his Linden Ponds apartment home, where he also indulges his musical talents. (Photo by Setarreh Massihzadegan)"][/caption] It was during a canonical service in the community s performing arts center that Seeley opened his mouth to join in the hymnal singing. A couple of ladies sitting nearby told him, You d better join the choral group, he remembers. The next thing I knew, the director called. Seeley himself had been a choir director for many years when he and his wife lived in Michigan. When they moved to Cotuit, Cape Cod to retire, he stopped singing. I had been a soloist and a boy soprano and the music stayed with me, Seeley says. I was determined to get back into it. As part of the Linden Ponds Chapel Chorale, led by Helen Seager, Seeley now lends his tenor vocals to the group of 30 or so members who perform regularly at various services and celebrations, including this month s Independence Day parade.

Planning pays off

Seeley was able to jump into activities like singing and bridge-playing in his new home in part because he had done the legwork long before his move. Feeling like his home on the Cape was lonesome and a lot to take care of, Seeley put his house up for sale and it sold quickly. In the process, Linden Ponds Personal Moving Consultant Lynne Ford visited Seeley to help determine what he should bring to his new apartment home and go over how he could arrange it. I wanted to take some of the pieces that meant a lot to me and Lynne was very helpful, Seeley says. He was able to fit the tables, rocking chair, and bureau that were special to him. Ford also helped him replicate the floor plan of his previous house, by dividing the living room space with his couch.

One-day move

Seeley and his late wife had downsized substantially when they moved to the Cape, so he says he didn t have to get rid of anything while making the move toLinden Ponds. Although Seeley had help from his children (one of whom lives in nearby Cohasset, Mass.), he took Ford s recommendation of a professional moving company for the heavy lifting. It was very smooth, Seeley says of the move, which happened in one day. Now that he s settled at Linden Ponds, Seeley is looking ahead to this summer s family weddings and visits.

Music to his ears

While at hisLinden Pondsapartment home, Seeley continues to flex his singing voice, as well as his lesser-known talent for playing the clarinet. There is no telling which of his fellow musicians atLinden Pondsmight come calling next.