What Do Visiting Musicians Do?
Updated: Feb 13
As I was entering a local nursing home last week, someone saw me with my instrument case and asked me what I was doing. I explained that I was a Visiting Musician who was going to play music for the residents on the Memory Care Unit.
As I walked down a hallway I was reminded of an old story about a man who was watching the stone masons working on a new cathedral. He walked up to one and asked the mason what he was doing. The mason replied that he was cutting and shaping stones. He walked up to another and asked what he was doing and he said he was building a beautiful cathedral. To a third mason he asked, “What are you doing?” and the man replied, “ I am creating a spiritual place where man can draw close to God and be renewed.” Three men with three very different visions.
We visiting musicians have the same range of visions. Some of us, when asked what we are doing, may say that we are playing the correct notes from sheet music. Others may answer, “I am playing beautiful music .” But the most inspired among us will remember that we are bringing a soothing healing salve to souls who are weary and hurting.
Whenever we go and play where people need assistance just to make it through each day, where people are in pain, or where people are facing the end of life head on, what musicians offer may be the only hint of beauty this world can offer. We may be small in number but our calling is a big one. Perhaps you will walk with us along this sweet road.
This blog entry was written by Reverend Lowell Moore.