Nashville songwriters perform for Sacred Heart patients

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM.

In addition to being a full-time songwriter and musician, Regan spends one day a week playing music for veterans in the Nashville area with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

“I’ve seen first-hand the therapeutic benefits of music,” said Regan.

“They spent about 20 minutes with each patient, making them forget about where they were, and making them feel so very special,” said Pendarvis. “It’s a testimony to the healing power of music.”

Pendarvis praised the Blast on the Bay event and said that she’s seen an increase in songwriters showing interest in giving back to the community while they are in town. One patient sung along with the writers while staff gathered outside the doors to listen in on the performances.

“We were the first ones to benefit from the songwriters’ amazing talent,” said Pendarvis. “How often do we get artists of their caliber in our area, more or less get personal concerts with three of them?”

Pendarvis is currently on the hunt for a musician to visit Sacred Heart to play music for patients on a regular basis. Those interested in volunteering can download an application online at or contact her at 229-5627.

“Music has the power to help us forget our pain for the moment and to put us in a happier place,” said Pendarvis.

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