Is it possible to have both a happy and a heavy heart at the same time? It must be, because that is how we feel today here at Sounds of Music.
Yesterday morning, June 12th, Mack’s mentor and dear friend, Nancy Hathaway, passed through the gates of Heaven. Though she had many health problems, her passing was not expected and hit us hard.
Mack’s relationship with Nancy dates back to 1963 when, at the age of 4, Mack’s parents purchased his first piano from her. Her shop was located in a little plaza down the street from them. Her store was called Sounds of Music.
Their friendship grew closer as he grew older, and by the age of 15 he was making himself useful at her store, cleaning and assisting on deliveries. Before long, he was in front of the classroom teaching Nancy’s Lowrey Magic classes and the rest, as they say, is history.
Though Mack would grow and continue to add other facets to his life, one thing always remained consistent- his relationship with Nancy. She continued to be a guiding force in his life, his “guardian angel”. Our business, Sounds of Music EZ-Play Learning Center, was named in her honor.
Nancy was a fabulous musician herself, having played organ in the premier dinner clubs of Columbia in the ’60s and ’70s, and in her later life, serving as the church organist at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church. Though she was diagnosed with a neuro-muscular disease in the family of Lou Gherig’s, she never lost her sparkle or her fire.
We will miss Nancy dearly, but her legacy lives on because, over 30 years ago, she lit the fire in a young boy’s heart, a fire that burns brighter than ever today. Sounds of Music is what it is because of Nancy Hathaway.
And for that, we will be ever grateful.