We entered a busy stroke ward where visitors and patients were gathered. One patient was on her own looking very bored and a bit upset so we decided to play a Beatles song in a slow and soothing way for her and the general space. She immediately looked at us and smiled. As we played, some visitors had to move to accommodate a patient’s care and they came nearer to us to watch and listen. One visitor and the patient started singing along quietly and she started tapping her hand and becoming more animated. Then she started tapping her foot and suddenly she became very excited and was beaming away. As the song ended she couldn’t contain her excitement any longer and burst out saying “That’s the first time I’ve moved that foot.” We’re just beginning to find out how our music can help people in these wards. [March 2017]

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