Reported By Demetria Kalodimos
A hospital can be an unfamiliar, scary place. But at Vanderbilt Hospital, if you're lucky enough, you'll hear something as sweet as a bird: the singing voice of Michael Byrd.
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"Whatever come out the top of my head, I just start singing," Byrd said. "My best material is some of those Michael Jackson songs, like the one that goes, 'Another day is gone. I'm so all alone. How could this be? You're not here with me. I never say goodbye. I thought I heard you cry.' You know, songs like that. I always love my Michael Jackson songs."
Byrd started singing in church choirs when he was young. Now his ministry is a melody for any malady.
"Somebody that's real nervous and uptight, I might sing, 'God has smiled on me; he has set me free. God has smiled on me; he's been good to me,'" said Byrd. "Try to loosen them up a little bit, especially if they're having certain test done, I try to loosen them and calm them down a little bit. And most of the time, it seems to work, especially when I pick out the right things to say."
A cancer patient who had been through a lot said the only real escape some days was to close his eyes and listen to Byrd sing.
Byrd said he isn't interested in music as a career. He said he doesn't need a spotlight or a lot of applause; he prefers an audience of one.