Music lifts heavy hearts: Pay it Forward
A cheerful sound greets all who walk through Mercy Medical Center's 10th street lobby. The skillful fingers of Alice Tritle have danced over the ivories since she was 2 years old.
Alice said "I never remember not playing the piano."
In fact, Alice has never taken a piano lesson and does not use sheet music. She did not even learn to read music notes until she was in her 40's.
For the past twenty years, Alice has volunteered her talent around nursing homes, hospitals and churches.
Alice said "it brings people alive. When I go in they might be kinda somber and so forth. By the time the hour is up they'll say 'You can't be leaving yet.'"
The Baristas at Uncommon Grounds Coffee Shop get an extra kick in their step when Alice plays.
Barista Pat Martin said "When Alice is playing you'd be amazed at how people sing along. Sometimes we sing here in the shop while we're handing them their coffee and sometimes our customers sing along with us. So it makes a happy place even happier to have her play."
Alice is passing on her gifts for generations to come by teaching piano lessons. She said she is humbled that parents put their trust in her to teach their children.