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Positively San Diego: Guitarist provides healing soundtrack at Sharp Memorial Hospital

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 21:14:29-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego guitarist is bringing smiles and lifting spirits at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Mark Shatz performs for patients and anyone who walks by.

“I've been a volunteer for four years and I come three afternoons a week to do this,” said Shatz. “I get a lot of thumbs up, a lot of smiles.”

Shatz learned how to play guitar when he was 12 years old. He performed with a few garage bands but stopped for 33 years.

“Wouldn’t you know it, somebody handed me a guitar and said ‘would you play happy birthday’,” Shatz remembered.

Shatz had the idea to play for patients when he was visiting his wife in the hospital.

“My wife was happy, there was a friend visiting my wife that was happy, and the patient in the other bed…I couldn't believe the reaction of the patient in the other bed,” said Shatz. The woman was laughing and smiling when Shatz finished.

“I’m gonna do it as long as I can,” he said.