The profound thing about playing music in nursing homes and hospitals is that it can be a real help for people going through hard times. The live music is basically a distraction. It’s escapism. You help people forgot their troubles for a short time.
Sometimes people will get up and dance. Sometimes I’ll be rewarded with big smiles.
Other times nothing. The listeners are unmoved and I feel like I’m bringing trivial happy talk to people coping with real problems.