A stay in the hospital can be a frightening experience, but one local Rex employee tries to make the visit music the patient’s ears.
For almost 11 years, Eugene Taylor has worked at the hospital, but around the halls of Rex he is known as the “Singing Transporter.”
“On my second week of work, I approached my supervisor to go out and share my drum and my singing and she said sure and it just took off from there,” Taylor says.
Taylor, who is also known as the “Drum Prophet,” has already released one album called “Rhythm of Life,” which has sold out several times in the hospital’s gift shop. He is set to release his second album, “Rainfall,” sometime later this fall.
“It’s just been in my heart to do it. It makes a difference to the patient because they are not expecting it. They got their mind on the situation at that time and it blesses me to be a blessing to them,” says Taylor.
Hospital workers also enjoy listening to Taylor’s music echo through the halls of Rex.
“We have always enjoyed him coming and playing for not only the patients but even for the staff as well. It really has made a difference in our lives,” says Rex clinical nurse manager Janice Laurore.
Taylor says a crowd often forms around him when he is playing.
“Even when I am in the patient’s room, I see visitors and family members just outside listening. They ask me, ‘Could you come in, could you come in and play for my mother or father, sister, brother?’ and next thing you know I am in another room right next to the room that I just finished playing at.”
Rex hospital patient Essie Smith has been at the hospital for a few weeks and loves to hear Taylor sing.
“It makes me feel special because I never had anybody come and sing to me before,” Smith says.
“Patients, when they are in the hospital, it’s a venerable and very scary time in their life. He helps to bring them joy and let them know that there is hope,” says Laurore.
Taylor says it makes him happy to be able to bring joy to patients.
“To know that I have touched many lives and to hear them say, ‘Oh my God you made me feel so much better.’ It has just been in my heart to do it and I never had an idea that I would be singing and playing throughout the hospital,” Taylor says.
Taylor has a website where you can listen to his music and learn more.