You might say that Dr. Rob Adamson, a cardiothoracic surgeon and medical director of the cardiac transplant program at Sharp Memorial Hospital, mends physically broken hearts by day and soothes the heartbroken at night.
“Writing and recording music is a way for me to be at peace with the setbacks that we sometimes have to face as doctors,” says Dr. Adamson, who began playing the guitar at age 5. “I find that the combination of my faith and the meditative properties of music serve as a cushion for my emotions.”
As a self-taught musician — he also plays the keyboard, drums and bass — Dr. Adamson enjoys all genres of music. His music is primarily Christian-based and biblically oriented; and much of it is, appropriately, about heart surgery and matters of the heart. In fact, he composed a musical motif for the documentary Stories of The Sharp Experience, Episode 16, “Goodbye, My Heart: Kelly’s Transplant Story.”
“I recorded it with the guitar, setting the tempo to a flapping toy butterfly that was in the background in one of the scenes with Kelly, and then added some gentle vocals about what a typical heart recipient would say if she could thank her donor for the gift,” says Dr. Adamson.
Although only the instrumental is heard in the documentary, the piece, which he calls, “You Put a New Heart in My Song,” includes Kelly’s mantra, “I feel every day, in every way, better, better, better.”
Dr. Adamson has recorded several albums; however, he doesn’t release his music. “I just do it for my own personal enjoyment — whatever touches me at the time,” he says.
On occasion, he will record a video and put it on his Facebook page, such as a song he wrote called, “Heart Failure Blues.”
“It’s a double entendre on being heartbroken in a relationship versus being broken-hearted because you have real structural heart disease,” says Dr. Adamson.
A healer indeed — of all matters of the heart.
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