A Louisville music therapist honors the life and legacy of dying patients with melodies of heartbeats, Central Auto drives the community and the economy in Clay, and the stars on screen shine brighter than the stars in the sky at Judy Drive-In in Mt. Sterling.
Music Therapy from the Heart
Music therapist Brian Schreck works with patients at the Norton Cancer Center in Louisville and has found a unique way to bring life to his practice. Recordings of patients’ heartbeats serve as a metronome for the songs they learn to play as part of their therapy. Hearing that heartbeat reminds them that they’re alive, even though many of them are facing terminal diagnoses.
“It’s inside of all of us,” says Schreck. “It’s always working, no matter what it sounds like. I think music is something different for everyone. I think it’s something that can be a vehicle to help you get where you’re going or want to go.”
Central Auto Sales and Service, Inc.
It might look like just a retro gas station and service shop on the outside, but Central Auto Sales and Service in Clay, Ky., is a place where the community comes together, and young employees get a jump start on workplace skills.
Jeff Cherry is the current owner of Central Auto. He got his start at the shop when he was a young teenager in the 1970s. He believes the helpful, in-person service the shop offers keeps it going even as online services encroach on nearly every business sector.
“Us old-school people, we still like to be face-to-face and I think that’s a lot of the reason why we’ve still got our doors open,” says Cherry.
Running a successful drive-in theater in the 21st century requires a certain set of conditions, including a good location and a dedicated staff. Judy Drive-in, located in Mt. Sterling, has both.
“It’s just magic,” says Chris Erwin, manager of the Judy Drive-in. “One of the first memories I can recall of showing movies to people was in third grade I brought my dad’s home movie projector and showed some Mickey Mouse cartoons for show and tell,” says Erwin “I just remembered how good that felt, entertaining people, making people happy, and I get to do it on a weekly basis in the summer.”