Manteca’s Noe Marin is spreading the message and the spirit of Christmas through his new album, “The Gift of Christmas,” presenting his artistry on both the clarinet and saxophone.
Marin played for senior citizens last week at Merrill Gardens retirement center. This week he will be offering Yuletide entertainment at Bethany Home in Ripon.
“Music has a special way of touching all walks of life,” he said. “It heals wounds, challenges us to be better and it even speaks our hearts’ desires.”
Noe said his true prayer is that the listeners are truly blessed by his Christmas Album. “After all, the true gift of Christmas was given to all of us in a manager,” he said.
This holiday season he has also played in surrounding communities such as Elk Gove, Hayward, Patterson, and Sunday he played for church members in Dinuba. Next year he hopes to present a full blown Christmas concert locally for Manteca and the surrounding communities.
Noe began performing for seniors in retirement centers last year from Manteca and Modesto to Tracy.
“It has been said that the holidays can be a very a depressing time for people in our society – it doesn’t have to be that way,” he said.
“I have had a strong desire to touch lives, uplift those who were down and encourage the hearts of all who heard my music,” he added.
Noe has been playing the saxophone since he was 12 and plays at his Christian Worship Center in Manteca on Sundays along with the church worship team. The musician said he believes that everyone can touch a life in a meaningful way if they are only willing to serve others with their gifts and their talents.
“I love this time of year, especially celebrating the birth of Christ. I find that senior citizens enjoy people who visit them and sing carols and play music. It touches my heart to know that I play a small part in brightening their days,” he said.
Noe said the highlight of his CD tour came when a resident from Astoria Gardens retirement center in Tracy spoke to him after his presentation.
“You know, I want you to know something,” she said, “……when you play your instruments, it’s as if you are speaking to me.”
He said her words made all the practice times; planning networking and the release of his CD have purpose. “I felt God was smiling down on me. It was a priceless feeling and it gives me greater joy when the residents actually want me to come back.”
Marin can be reached at email@example.com or at (209) 456-1157.