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Cool Kid hits all the right notes

"Cool Kid" Andrew Cedar
June 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
This week's Cool Kid is reaching across generations to entertain, all while sharing his own love for music.Andrew Cedar has a gift for music and loves to share that gift with senior citizens.

"I grew up playing these jazz standards that my generation would never recognize," said Andrew. "But you go to a senior house and they haven't heard these tunes in years, since they were my age. You play these tunes and they get a lot of satisfaction out of hearing them being played."

Andrew knows he's entertaining them, but he sees a more important reason to play for this audience.

"Anytime you can get the senior citizens to get up, be more active, show a smile or two, you know you're doing a good thing," said Andrew.

Reaching across generations, Andrew's music makes a special connection.

"His music is soul-stirring, and for us older people, we like to remember," said Bernice Kutchins, one appreciative listener. "He's a very fine young man."

He obviously pleases the crowd, but Andrew also gets more than just applause from them.

"It feels great, because I get to bring them satisfaction," said Andrew. "But also at the same time, it's doing something I love that's bringing them satisfaction, so it's a win-win."

Hitting all the right notes, he is our Cool Kid this week.

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