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Several times a year, George Mixis wanders the hallways of the Phoenix-based Barrow Neurological Institute strumming tunes on his guitar. He walks past the unit’s 35 patient rooms at the Dignity Health facility, where he is employed as a maintenance worker, seeing which ones have open doors and inviting ears. Mixis is careful not to push his music on anyone, but he’ll perform an intimate, impromptu concert for any welcoming patients and their visitors.

In a recent conversation, Mixis recalled poignant moments of healing his music helped to provide, such as the time a teenager with impaired motor skills brought tears to his mother’s eyes when he sang along with Mixis, and the days when Mixis’s own wife, a fellow guitarist, had been hospitalized for a stroke but brightened whenever her husband brought in his guitar.

“Music is a vehicle that affects people,” Mixis said. “It’s the music, and it’s the sharing. They go hand in hand.”

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A patient at the Barrow Neurological Institute plays guitar as his mother looks on.
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