The music was striking, not just because of its inherent beauty, but because it emphasized just how otherwise quiet the floors were. Without the music, the only sound was an occasional door opening and closing, a machine beeping, or the sound of wheels on a cart. Instantly, every note was magnified by the silence. Because of the tiled floors and low ceilings, the music was naturally amplified and rang down the halls.
It was a different world up there. Yes, the views of the lake were great, but it looked like a mirage - it might as well have been another painting on the wall. Such seclusion is necessary, of course, when dealing with serious medical conditions. And high-powered medicine and technology are important. But the music from from Sharing Notes added something more; it gave a moment of humanity and beauty to people who are at their most vulnerable. For two hours, the musicians brought a concert hall to cancer patients, and it was one of the most affirming experiences I have ever witnessed. My profound gratitude to Sharing Notes and Northwestern Hospital for making it happen.
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