They’re not the sort of instruments you typically find in a hospital, but Masmian Joseph believes in their healing powers all the same.
The patient attendant pushes a medical cart decked out with an electric piano, speakers, and a microphone from room to room at Montreal’s McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), giving solo performances to bedridden patients on his breaks.
His performances always start with a warm greeting as he plugs in at the foot of the bed.
“Okay young man, I’m going to play some music,” he jokes to a greying man as he glides his equipment into position.
Joseph’s typical set leans on well-known standards. Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra are in heavy rotation. But he also mixes in some uplifting original compositions. “Each Day a New Baby is Born,” a song he wrote for his niece 16 years ago, is among his catalogue of crowd-pleasers.