Get to know our volunteers!
How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for 7 years.
Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician
What is your favorite song to play for patients? Storms Never Last by Waylon Jennings
Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Not a jam session, but I’ve had a few families start singing and dancing along!!
Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Yes! I play around Nashville at writers’ nights and showcases, and tour around the Southeast and Midwest each year!
What is your occupation outside of MOC? I am a musician and teach private music lessons.
What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I have always loved music and knew from a really young age that I needed to sing and make music. No matter what was going on in my life, I could always turn to music to help me get through it, whether it was listening to my favorite songs, writing my own, or playing the piano or Guitar. My mom had cancer when I was in high school, and we spent a lot of time with her in the hospital. It feels really good to be able to give a moment of joy to people in similar situations.
What makes MOC different from your other volunteer experiences? Simple: the love of music! Music touches everyone’s lives in different ways, and being able to spread joy and really connect to people is an amazing experience.
Has your life changed because of your experience with Musicians On Call? Absolutely! Being in the music industry can be really tiring for the soul, but being able to just make and share music for no other reason than to spread some joy has really helped me keep the love of music alive.
What is your favorite #MOCmoment? I was playing in a patient’s room when the neighborhood patient walked in and steers dancing, clapping, and smiling. We followed her back to her own room to play her a song, and after, the nurses told us that she had been crying for days, and that was the first smile they’d seen from her!