Ansel loved delivering the healing power of music with MOC in Philadelphia and was sad to leave that behind when he moved to Boston…until now!
As we began to pilot a Bedside Performance Program in Boston, Ansel was lucky enough to be the first volunteer in our new city!
Check out what he had to say about his experience!
I had the honor of being the first musician to kick-off the program which was launched at the VA Hospital in Roxbury. Given the trauma the veterans lived through, I was a bit uncertain whether a song might trigger a painful memory or be inappropriate. But it would not be so. After I finished playing Auld Lang Syne for one man, his eyes were washed in tears. A clear minded nonagenarian listened intently with a smile on his face. A veteran’s brother told me the music made him want to pick up the harmonica again… So a heartening night of music all in all, made even more special playing for the men and women who served the country.
Thanks, Ansel, for helping us kickstart Boston’s program!
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