Today I had the privilege of working with the charity Music in Hospitals. It's a charity that takes live music to those that cant go to concerts, due to mobility or ill health.
So today I visited a hospital in Edinburgh for two performances covering songs from the 50's right up to present day.
It was a great day filled with people singing along, dancing and sharing stories with what the songs meant to them. It was tough going, 40 odd songs over the two performances, but very cool to be involved bringing music to the people in the ward.
After I had finished, I got given some feedback that stopped me in my tracks. The nurse in charge told me that it was pretty emotional to see how the music had affected the clients especial one lady in question. The nurse said to me that it was a pretty rough day due to the old ladies health and as a result, she was frustrated and was becoming violent to the staff.
The nurse informed this was right up until my arrival this was a situation that was taking up most of the nurse observation in the ward. The music and atmosphere created by everyone joining in changed the mood instantly and as a result soothed the situation to a regular pattern.
It's amazing how powerful music is; it's astounding the effect it can have on people no matter if it's a three-chord song, if its classical music, country music or heavy metal.
so in the words of Shakespear "when words fail, music speaks."
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