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Volunteer plays piano for Vanderbilt patients

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David Magers performs every week at Vanderbilt Health at 100 Oaks. (WSMV) David Magers performs every week at Vanderbilt Health at 100 Oaks. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The sound of a well-played piano can do wonders for someone in need of a boost, maybe more so if they are a patient or a visitor at a hospital.

It happens every week at Vanderbilt thanks to a Clarksville volunteer.

David Magers of Clarksville performs a free weekly gig outside Vanderbilt Health at 100 Oaks.

“It takes their mind off their troubles for a short period of time,” Magers said.

There is no tip jar and no standing ovations. Magers said smiles and nods are his paycheck.

“I can see it in their eyes. Someone not feeling very well, touches them in a certain way,” he said. “When that happens, it encourages me to come back next week.”

Magers has come back every week for three years now. Before this gig, he had never played before an audience.

“I played in the confines of my basement to myself,” he said.

Magers said he has one regret. He took piano lessons for only one year in the fourth grade and quit, forever disappointing his mother.

“If my mother could see me now, she’d never believe I could do this,” he said.

Magers is a retired corporate financial manager. His piano playing and bird watching hobbies keep him busy now.

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