There’s something beautiful about music that speaks to us on a primal level far below our everyday consciousness. We associate with it, it makes us laugh, it makes us cry, it makes us brave, it makes us reflective.
Put plainly, there’s very little a good piece of music can’t do when it comes to improving a situation. A well selected melody can be the perfect antidote for stress or angst, a soft refrain the ideal tool to put a troubled mind at ease.
Just ask Lindon Beckford, a patient transporter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He’s been singing since he was a boy, and for him the location isn’t important, only that he can bring a bit of comfort to the world, and to himself, with his voice.
Beckford’s been serenading for as long as he can remember, but even he couldn’t have expected the reaction he’d get when he sang for the patients he was transporting.
“I was always singing at work. I was always singing as a child growing up, so it was just a natural thing. It was more for a comforting thing…” said Beckford.
“… So I did that just to comfort myself, but all of a sudden I get to realize people was listening to me.”