There’s something special about music that reaches deep into our emotions, even beyond our everyday thoughts. It connects with us, making us laugh, cry, feel brave, or reflect on things.
To put it simply, good music has the power to improve almost any situation. A well-chosen melody can be like a remedy for stress or worry, and a gentle tune can calm a troubled mind.
Meet Lindon Beckford, a patient transporter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He has been singing since he was a boy, and the place doesn’t matter to him as long as he can bring comfort to the world and to himself with his voice.
Lindon has been singing for as long as he can remember, but he never expected the reaction he would get when he sang for the patients he was transporting. He shared, “I was always singing at work. I was always singing as a child growing up, so it was just a natural thing. It was more for a comforting thing… So I did that just to comfort myself, but all of a sudden I get to realize people were listening to me.”
When Lindon Beckford saw that his singing was making a positive impact, he decided to make it a regular part of his work routine. With over 30 years of experience at the same hospital, he has developed various techniques to comfort anxious patients.
Lindon shared, “Depending on the conversation that I hear… is the patient in pain? What song can I sing to relieve them? At the end, when I get them to their procedure or back to their room, they will tell me, ‘you know, you make this trip from here to there so much easier because of your singing.'”
For Lindon Beckford, singing is a way to express something he knows and loves. But for his patients, it can mean a lot.
He recalled a special moment when a patient joined in, adding harmonies to what he was singing while taking her to the cath lab. Lindon was amazed and said, “It was so amazing, I’m like ‘wow’, and ever since then that happened a few times.”
It’s clear that Lindon cares a lot about the people he transports. In times when they might feel confused, worried, or scared, his singing becomes a comforting presence, assuring them that things will be okay. That kind of support is truly priceless.
Watch the video below to hear Beckford sing:
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Lindon Beckford, we salute you, sir!
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