Programmers Only Listen to Classical Music? 3/24

Steven Z -

On March 13, I started my first day of playing at Banner Gateway.

For some reason, out of all the times I could’ve chosen, I opted to go there on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Back then, I thought it would help me get up early and make the most of my day. But now it seems rather difficult to get enough sleep as I’m staying up still, close to midnight, writing this blog.

My first day at Banner Gateway was rather intimidating. Being there bright and early meant the hospital’s lobby was still hushed, while people carried on somberly through its corridors. Being a relatively new facility, with minimal furnishing, the lobby made for an acoustically unflattering concert space. Any sound I made traveled throughout the entire first floor. Someone came by and exclaimed in surprise, “There’s a real violinist! I thought it was the PA.”

I play for two and a half hours each time I go, and I take a short break in between. During this time, I had a chance to talk to some of the hospital’s other administrative and medical volunteers hanging around in the lobby. Donna introduced herself with a firm handshake. She used to be a programmer for Microsoft, working on software and other things (I’d rather not specify since I don’t know much about programming jargon). She encouragingly told me that I sure lift the spirits around here. My playing brought back her fond memories of listening only to classical music while programming for hours on end:

That’s just what we did as programmers. Wasn’t just me, the whole department did it.


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