In this indoor world, people are discovering new ways to connect with each other across windows, balconies, and screens. One Cincinnati doctor has taken to music to comfort patients who feel isolated and sad in quarantine.
Dr. Albert Weisbrot, like many medical practitioners, has been providing “telehealth,” seeing patients remotely with tools like Skype or Zoom. After being a family physician for more than 40 years, he can tell when patients need more than medicine.
Dr. Weisbrot is thankfully a doctor who understands the healing power of music. He’s even publicly sung the National Anthem on prestigious ground, from Fenway Park in Boston to Colorado’s Coors Field.
Dr. Weisbrot recorded himself singing “Hallelujah,” perhaps the best-known work of late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. The song, contemplating the nature of love and faith, is especially significant as many Americans spend the Easter-Passover season in isolation. He hopes it can uplift people, even if only for a few minutes.
The video is simple and straightforward, filmed—like many things, now—in the doctor’s own home. Stepping out of scrubs and into a t-shirt, Dr. Weisbrot shows that isolation has not dampened his spirits, either.
The times are perfect for “Hallelujah,” famous for being both deeply inspiring and somehow mournful. In a time of fear and uncertainty, we find ourselves torn from one another’s company—and yet still, as always, finding ways to come together.
To hear Dr. Albert Weisbrot’s rendition, click here.
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