Paul DiMeo Discusses the Marshall-Spreier Family
This week we are in Pocatello, Idaho helping the Marshall-Spreier family and what a great family they are! There's Jane, the mom, and then there are eight kids. Jane suffered from cancer and on top of that, an electrical fire took away their home. For the past 18 months they've been living in a little trailer and a tent in their backyard. This family has lost everything and yet life is still pretty sunny for these folks. The entire family is very competent in their musical abilities and I think what holds this family together is that they have their music to go to. You shut your eyes and you play music and you're everywhere.
I'm taking Noah, the oldest boy, under my wing this week and making sure he gets what he needs. As the oldest son he has sacrificed a lot for his family. He's really helped his mom out and he's kind of been a father to his younger siblings. With the kind of responsibility he has I really want to make a place where he can go and be alone from everything. In the basement, I'm going to make him a man cave and yet it's really going to embrace the outdoors. When I think of a man cave, I think of a place that you can go to get away from everything. You roll a rock in front of it and say, "Okay, I am done."
Another big project we're working on this week is trying to give the Marshall-Spreiers a room devoted to music. It's a bit of a challenge because with nine people in the family I don't even know if we have enough space to devote an entire room to music. It's music that heals them. It's music that challenges them. It's music that calms them. So I think it's really important that we find a place for them to all gather and do what they love.
Helping us out with some pretty spectacular music projects this week is World renowned cellist, Chris Dungee and the Amadi Foundation. The Amadi Foundation is an organization that gives instruments to kids who never would have had the opportunity to have them. It keeps music alive in our nation and it is a wonderful, wonderful organization. Also helping us out is our build team from Rockwell Homes and hundreds of volunteers. They're really helping us build a beautiful home for the family.
One of the things that certainly was confirmed for me this week is how music can heal and how music can bring people together. You know, the Marshall-Spreiers have always made the best of what they had. When they had no house they made music under an apple tree. They made things work. Music is what has held this family together. Music is what has healed this family. Now I'm excited to see where music will take this family. I bet we hear a lot about the Marshall-Spreiers and the kids that come out of this little town of Pocatello, Idaho. Music will be shared, not just with them, but with everyone. I think that's what music is meant to do.