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What a Wonderful World ~

Zachery Martinez

July 11th, 2013

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Occasionally, the power of music simply astounds us and leaves us totally in awe!   A few weeks ago,  I was playing for an un-responsive hospice patient who had suffered a stroke.  With his wife at the bedside, the patient showed no signs of being aware […]

the power of music

Brad Richardson

May 17th, 2013

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We are incredibly thankful for Brad’s music here at West Pines.  Brad’s nylon string guitar provides a welcoming and healing environment for our patients and staff alike.  When he plays, it soothes our patients struggling with psychiatric and addiction issues.  His music provides a peaceful […]

CAB hospice~

Chuck Beckman

May 13th, 2013

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I visited an elderly gentleman who was transitioning (dying) with his family gathered at the bedside today.  After introducing myself, I began playing soft, arrhythmic music.  As I played, I noticed the patient’s breathing becoming more peaceful while his wife closed her eyes as she […]

better medicine~

Chuck Beckman

April 29th, 2013

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I am so amazed at the responses I see every week as patients, family members and medical staff respond to our gifts of music.   A nurse told me last week “medicine and nursing can only do so much.  Your music is able to touch patients […]

testimonials for MMI~

Admin

April 14th, 2013

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What people are saying   “…the guitar playing is so beautiful. It sounds like bells and light” – Mary, hospital patient “…on behalf of the children, staff and board of directors, thank you for the great music and uplifting message you shared. The girls are […]

silent night~

Admin

April 14th, 2013

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  …the soft tones of this familiar Christmas Carol gently flowed from my guitar and seemed to wrap Carolyn up like a warm, soft comforter… “Holy Night” …her agitation eased, her furrowed brow relaxed…she began to breathe easier… “All is Calm” … as the strings […]

maria’s story~

Admin

April 14th, 2013

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I met Maria when we were co-workers. As we got to know each other better, she came to know that I was a songwriter and she asked about my music. I gave her a copy of a simple CD entitled, “Holy Ground.” Just guitar and […]

anxiety attack~

Brad Richardson

March 22nd, 2012

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Imagine this… Your phone rings and on the other end someone informs you that your son, your daughter, your mother, father or someone you love very much is “acting out.” Driving drunk, strung out on drugs, or acting psychotic. You have dealt with or suspected strange […]

dancing on the inside~

Brad Richardson

March 19th, 2012

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Her name is Elizabeth. The years have taken their toll. She’s missing a few teeth, and her hair is very thin. She had to move to the the Assisted Living Center because she fell and broke her leg – and so she can’t get around […]

it hurts so bad~

Brad Richardson

March 13th, 2012

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It only happened a couple times when I was a little boy. But I remember the depth of the pain when it happened. The deep sorrow, my chest heaving, the darkness, a deepening sense of hopelessness. Can you recall a time when you cried yourself […]

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