I am a firm believer in the power of music. It can be rock music, folk music, a Broadway musical, or someone singing in the shower. The sound frequencies of music have a physical effect on the human body, too. Music is an art that anyone can enjoy no matter where they are from or what they do for a living. Music knows no boundaries.
One of my first stories for We are the World Blogfest was about music and Sharing Notes, a group in Chicago that takes music into hospitals to lift patients' spirits and help with their healing. I'm always on the lookout for positive stories about sharing music, and my We are the World Blogfest #WATWB contribution this month is a story about sharing music to cheer up a victim of a crime.
As part of their job, two Mansfield, England policemen visited a 93-year-old man who been recently the victim of burglars. The two chatted with the man for a while about his life and experiences as a pilot during World War II and the loss of his wife. Then, as one of the policemen said....
“I noticed he had a piano with music open – one of his favourite Chopin pieces he said, a nocturne. I told him it was my late grandma’s favourite too! I said I could play, so he invited me to play for him, which I did."
|Mansfield Policeman at the piano (Photo courtesy CNN.com)|
The policeman's partner videotaped the whole thing, including the way the elderly man's hands moved to the music. That video is here. Needless to say, this policeman's willingness to play the piano really made this burglary victim's day!
The We are the World Blogfest's co-hosts this month are Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas, and Guilie Castillo. Check out their blogs for their contributions to #WATWB! If you'd like to read more news stories that focus on humanity and brotherhood, you can find a longer list of #WATWB blogs with links here (scroll down to close to the bottom).