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Chris Janson Joins Harmonicas for Health Program to Get People Breathing Again

(Photo: Helen Comer / DNJ)

(Photo: Helen Comer / DNJ)

Chris Janson is putting his mad harmonica skills to good use. The singer has partnered with the Academy of Country Music and the COPD Foundation, offering Harmonicas for Health program to pulmonary rehabilitation patients. It turns out, the singer knows first hand how much playing the harmonica can benefit those with breathing issues.

I was having trouble breathing. … But I learned how to breathe by playing harmonica,” Chris told the Tennessean, who talked with participants at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital’s Harmonicas for Health program Wednesday. “It literally built lung capacity.”

“If you think of Jerry Lee Lewis and you think ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and doing ‘ch-ch-ch-ch-ch’ so I’m thinking about it and I’m doing it,” said Janson, mimicking the animated piano style of Lewis while speeding through a harmonica routine

If they are blowing on a harmonica, it’s a resistance training. So it’s like they are doing pulmonary rehab, but it’s a lot more fun,” said Rhonda Bilyeu, pulmonary complex care specialist.

It won’t be long now, and all of these folks just learning the harmonica and breathing skills will be killin’ it just like Chris.

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