Music can be some sort of therapy for some people after a long and challenging day at work, and that includes 25-year-old Tate Hegstrom, a health care worker.
Being in the frontlines amid this worldwide fight against a pandemic is not an easy job. As an administrative resident at HealthONE in Denver, Colorado, Tate has to face the risk of contracting the coronavirus every day.
He knows that the risk is high, but he is also aware of his responsibility to assist frontline workers at the Denver’s North Suburban Medical Center as the hospital responds to the victims of the deadly virus. A day’s work is always a day where he puts his life on the line and for that, Tate absolutely deserves to have a way to recharge from all the stress.
His outlet has always been music. He plays the guitar and has great vocals to match. After a long day at the hospital, he fins relief by singing his heart out as he strums his guitar and belts soulful songs.
Someone shares this special moment with Tate every time. His musical companion is none other than his beloved 3-year-old husky, Kovu.
In a video uploaded by Tate online, he sings the Bill Withers classic “Lean On Me” and of course, Kovu sings with him in the background! The video is part of a company-wide campaign to motivate the frontline health workers who are giving their best in serving the people despite and in spite of the coronavirus. Through a song sung from the heart, Tate aims to show appreciation for the efforts of all medical and cleaning staff who are always ready to be of service to those in need.
Tate gave a beautiful version of the iconic song, reflecting every bit of emotion that the song required to be truly felt by his listeners. And from behind him, sitting on top of his bed, Kovu howls with soulful “Aroos!” and sings with him!
The video went viral in an instant and even got featured in Good Morning America and Inside Edition.
A few days after the viral clip was uploaded, the duo gave another impressive collaboration and this time, they6 performed Jason Mraz’s popular song “I’m Yours”. As expected, the video went viral and the reception by people online is equally spectacular that the first.
In an interview with HuffPost, Tate shared that getting Kovu to sing is not as difficult as people would think!
“All it takes is a little motivation, and he hops right in,” Tate said. “I’ll spend 12 hours in the hospital, and when you come home after a long day and he gives you one of the big ol’ howls, it is something special.”
Tate has said that he is grateful for the warm reception that their videos have been getting for the past days.
He’d like for people to see that there is something to be thankful for in the midst of the worldwide crisis we are all in and he’s hoping to encourage more people to support the frontline workers who are doing their best to fight the pandemic.
“Any sort of appreciation people can show online is helpful, including donating to hospitals, donating food or sending cards,” he said.
Tate lives in Colorado together with his wife and Kovu. Check out his amazing videos where he sings with his pal, Kovu, via their Instagram account.
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