“You sound unimaginable,” I advised him. His eyes danced with delight. “You should have completed this earlier than.”

“Solely in a church choir,” he mentioned. “And in a males’s quartet for a bit once I was youthful. However by no means by myself for an viewers.”

“Did your loved ones attend the present?”

“Oh, all of them got here. My spouse, kids and my granddaughter. One son drove all the best way from Illinois, he couldn’t consider his dad was really going to do that.”

“How lengthy did it take you to apply?” I requested.

“About two months,” his son answered.

“The music therapist joined me whereas I used to be getting transfusions,” my affected person added. I thought of the numerous hours he spent recurrently in an infusion chair because the blood slowly dripped in, time now nicely spent.

By no means thought my coronary heart could possibly be so yearny

Why did I determine to roam?

Gotta take that sentimental journey

Sentimental journey dwelling.

The three of us sat in silence when the tune ended, interested by the tip of his journey, his journey dwelling.

“All the care you’ve given me got here out in that solo,” he mentioned, his eyes now glistening.

“Right this moment, you’re the one who’s cared for me,” I mentioned, shaking my head, as I thought of how this man I’ve recognized for years had simply sung his goodbye to all of us.

Dr. Mikkael Sekeres (@MikkaelSekeres) is director of the leukemia program on the Cleveland Clinic.

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