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Artist of the day: William C. Ismer




William C. Ismer is a retired police officer who has found his musical calling in a most unusual place: Tampa General Hospital.

Over the past seven years, Ismer has volunteered to play music for patients -- pop, jazz, classical, whatever. Sometimes he plays hymns. Sometimes country: Willie or Elvis. Billy Joel, the Beatles, whatever the patient might find soothing. He played In the Presence of Jehovah for a mother whose infant twins died at birth. When he played What I Did For Love for a 40-year-old woman waiting for a kidney, she sang along.

For more about Ismer, click here for Lane DeGregory's story.

[Last modified: Monday, May 28, 2012 12:07pm]


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