Mandolin Christmas Music and Chemotherapy Infusions

       Today was an infusion day and at the request of some of the other patients I have gotten to know I took my mandolin and played Christmas music. I know it helps me and hope it helps them; they seemed to like it. I am the first patient ever there who has played the mandolin while getting an IV infusion. I’ve always believed there is some power in the music and the others seem to agree; at least it makes  a tough experience more tolerable.

        The mandolin Christmas book I work out of and recommend for players of all levels is Roland White’s. It is not too difficult and yet his liberal use of rich double stops makes it sound more complicated than what it is. So, thanks Roland for your help to make a group of patients happy today. You never know where all the mandolin will take you.

Dr. B

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10 Comments on “Mandolin Christmas Music and Chemotherapy Infusions”

  1. janice Says:

    God Bless Roland

  2. jel Says:

    I bet that was some SwEeT music! 😉

    I see ya have another reader with a VERY COOL name! 🙂

  3. Lisa Husted Says:

    Another example of that healing power … Dang Doc, you are one heck of a great guy!! I’m just lucky to know you and to be able to read these stories!!!

  4. Irene Lehmann Says:

    I use this book, too. It is fun and good at the same time. Unbeatable.

  5. Beth Tibbitts Says:

    Yes! I’ve been working through Roland White’s Christmas book too, love all those double stops and you’re right, they sound harder than they really are!

    • drtombibey Says:


      You are observant of detail which is one reason I want you to be an advance reader for “Acquisition Syndrome.” After all, you were the person who helped me find Bull Wilson and he was an important person in the story.

      The proof copies should be ready by early spring.

      Hope the Corvair engines are 100% reliable and that y’all have a blessed Christmas.

      Dr. B

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