February 21, 2024

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A musician, a guitar and a dying man’s wish

A musician, a guitar and a dying man’s wish

‘Music is 1 of those things where by as soon as an individual has a related fascination, you grow to be fast friends’

Gary Davison enjoys offering back. 

For a although now, the regional musician has volunteered his time actively playing audio at the Nipissing Serenity Hospice in North Bay. 

When Davison played new music for numerous, it was 66-12 months-old Michael Fielding who Davison will very likely hardly ever ever forget about. 

“Michael was there for a extended time,” claimed Davison comparing to some of the other hospice sufferers. 

“It is just a area that patients go and they know why they are there. I performed for him five or six occasions as he was there for about two months.” 

Davison suggests Fielding’s favourite music that he performed was “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin. 

“As time went on and it was extra just one on one time with him, I constantly played music for him which he liked but we ended up conversing more about things in standard and his outlook on existence was so relocating,” remembers Davison. 

“Our connection was new music, he was 66 yrs old, when he handed last Friday, but we have been minimize from the similar fabric when I’m talking about tunes and all our favorite bands and artists.”

Nevertheless, as Fielding’s overall health was failing, he leaned on Davison. 

“I was requested to go to the hospice a minor bit before final Friday, and I understood simply because I experienced not been there in a couple of months and he was receiving toward the finish of his life so I performed some tracks. Then his wishes have been that I get his guitar and donate it to some young children who would benefit from it. He needed children to study tunes. He imagined, like I do, that tunes is an vital aspect of life.,” he defined. 

Fielding instructed Davison songs just introduced him so a lot pleasure. 

“His terms were being, ‘I have been on this earth nearly three-quarters of a century, a ton of folks are unable to say that. and I am just experiencing just about every day that I am here,'” said Davison. 

“You have mates for 20 many years but I did not think you could get that shut to another person in these a quick time.”  

Just after Fielding’s passing, Davison advised his spouse he had an plan and some musical connections locally to grant him his dying wish. 

Davison attained out to Brian Overholt, a longtime new music teacher at St. Joseph-Scollard Corridor. Overholt was thrilled to hear about Davison’s donation strategy. 

“Gary had referred to as me and advised me about his friendship with Michael at the hospice. He talked about that Michael wanted to proceed his musical legacy and have his guitar donated to some students,” remembers Overholt. 

“We are constantly happy to acknowledge instrument donations in our system as any program would.”

Regardless of staying emotional, Davison agreed to tell the story to the students. 

“He advised Michael’s tale to the college students in our senior guitar class and it was extremely heartwarming just to listen to the musical connection between Gary and Michael, and inspiring, he wanted his legacy to be continued by way of his instrument,” mentioned Overholt. 

Davison was thrilled to be ready to arrive via for his good friend. The inspired musician produced positive youthful musicians would not forget his good friend as he put a sticker on the guitar with Fielding’s title on it.   

“It was a weird experience. I walked into the hospice with my guitar and I walked out with two guitars. That was emotional,” stated Davison.  

“Then today I walked in with his guitar practically a week later and I walked out with out his guitar and that was emotional much too.” 

Each Davison and Overholt concur that from time to time when words don’t communicate, music does. 

“Music is a single of people matters in which as soon as an individual has a comparable interest, you come to be immediate buddies,” mentioned Overholt. 

“That was the situation with Gary and Michael. It appeared like a best time just prior to Michael’s passing.”