Every interaction with a patient is different.
AIM musician-in-residence Michael Claytor has had countless patient and family experiences during his seven years with AIM.
“Sometimes, patients sing along. Sometimes, they listen to song after song. Sometimes, they want to talk,” Claytor said. “It is an honor to get to do this work.”
After singing four songs with one patient, Claytor will stroll through the hospital hall again, guitar in hand, looking for someone else who might need a song that day.
He recalled finding Odessa Daye from Jasper sitting in a chair by the window in her room. Recovering from a knee replacement surgery, Daye was worn out, but she was open to a song.
“Do you know ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston?” she asked.
Claytor smiled. “I can do the Dolly Parton version. I can’t do Whitney. I know my limits.”
She chuckled, and Claytor began to play. Daye is not a singer, but she couldn’t help singing along.
“That’s my favorite song,” she said, sighing, when Claytor finished. “You just played my favorite song. That made my day.”