In her song, "Everything’s Beautiful Now," Christine Albert sings from her mother-in-law’s perspective as she's dying and making peace with her life. Since she first sang at a small gathering for a man facing death from an early death from a terminal illness, Albert has been providing music for people facing the end of their lives. In 2005, she founded Swan Songs, an Austin, Texas area non-profit that fulfills musical last wishes by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness. Swan Songs is now establishing its first pilot program with Avera Health. Avera will work with local musicians to bring the program to the Sioux Falls community.
Christine Albert performs solo and as half of the Albert and Gage duo with her husband, Chris Gage, a member of South Dakota's legendary Red Willow Band. Albert and Gage and fiddle Kenny Putnam perform a benefit concert for Avera@Home tonight at 7 pm at the O'Gorman High School Lorang Theatre in Sioux Falls.
Christine Albert and Avera McKennan Foundation vice president Robin Prunty joined Dakota Midday and discussed Swan Songs' new pilot program with Avera.