Today I met with a Music Co-ordinator for the Gartnavel hospital in Glasgow. The idea was to gain information for the design of performance, get ideas, feedback and use this information towards my research and concert performance for Music in Hospitals.
I met with Fiona for 1 hour and it was just simply excellent. It was great to meet with someone who has such passion for her role and see music as a major influence in the well being of people in care.
We started with our meeting talking about the differences with patients and how she spends time speaking with each of the clients and finding out what they like. I was amazed at this because no other music co-ordinator I have met has done this or at least told me this. I was very impressed by the attention to details that Fiona has with her guys.
Fiona was able to rhyme off songs that she felt would be appropriate for her older clients, they were as follows.
Doris day que Sera sera
Oh what a beautiful morning from Oklahoma
Wash that man right out of my hair
What a wonderful world.
The most important thing I got from our hour long conversation was how important the music was and how really its all about the social aspect of it. Music seems to be the vehicle, the main common point that allows people to come together socially.
We also touched on my ideas that the room and the way that it is set out are important. The ability too engage and move around the room was fundamental to be able to interact, Fiona welcomed these ideas.
There is so much more I could write about our conversation but I cant help but feel music is just one of the variable of a successful live performance.
Is it possible to set a list out for a successful performance or is something that just hits you in that time. I believe there is more to it.
However!!!!! I came across this…. It’s a singer songwriter called Chris Stapleton.. Notice how the lights are on bright… he is on a crammed stage and people, that you can see are just sitting watching… his voice and guitar playing really got me and the song is amazing