Making choices

When I was doing my internship at RWJUH Hamilton, I would go almost every day during those first few months and spend long hours. I would play for everyone I possibly could, and when someone asked for me, I’d go without question. Nowadays, as far as I know, my job is to play for the hospice patients and the general facility populations. Sometimes, though, when targeting my patients, I feel like I don’t have the time or sometimes the energy for the others. I know it’s not necessarily my job. In fact, since I’m being paid by the hospice, unless I’m doing a marketing thing like a lunch or group activity coordinated with the facility, they probably would like me not to spend much time with non-hospice residents. It just makes me feel kind of bad since I don’t have all the time in the world like with my internship, and I’m definitely not a volunteer who can take as much time as necessary to play for everyone possible.

The upside, however, is that I reach more people that I can get to know than with the internship. I work in a very wide area and play for a large number of people. While the populations don’t rotate as much as in a hospital, it’s nice to have repeat visits. I have the opportunity to ask people what songs they like and then go and learn them and come back to play them. That seems a special delight for these people.

Speaking of which, the latest song I learned: Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Though – oh dear! I just learned that I only learned the chorus. Apparently there’s more to the song. Speaking of choices, generally that’s the part that people remember most anyway, but it helps to lengthen sessions to have a whole song. So, to learn the whole song or stick with the chorus? Of course I’ll go learn the rest. Here’s the whole song that I’m talking about.

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