I sat in a chair near him and began a classical style accompaniment on guitar then added my low- pitched alto voice humming the Largo movement from Dvorak's "New World Symphony."
When the last note ended he motioned for me to continue, so I moved on to "Finlandia" then "Ode to Joy."
He unfolded his arms and put his head back to rest on the sofa. A pleasant expression came over his face. I closed out our session with "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" merely humming the melodies with my guitar playing.
When I finished he smiled and sighed.
"Have you had enough?" I said.
"Maybe for today, but you can come back," he said, raising his head and looking at me.
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Gestures tell so much of a person's story. Averted eyes, folded arms often say "don't come near me." This first patient provided a world of information in his gestures, which changed as I offered him music. What do you think changed? Share your comment below.
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