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"When I was very young, I lost my dad. Shortly after that, I discovered his old guitar, and decided to learn how to play it. The guitar helped me to think of other things, and distracted me by giving me something new to learn and play. With this, I found new types of music besides the things that you can hear on the radio.
After that, I began to face my own health issues, having to stay at the hospital with a lot of time to kill. I used this time to search for new styles of music, learning songs that I liked on my guitar. As my health issues worsened, I began spending all of my time in the hospital on my guitar and my bass. I found that aggressive music helped me so much to think that I can beat this disease, 'I am stronger than this.'
Finally, when I was 18, I lost my grandfather. He was like a dad to me, teaching me many things, and although you know that everyone passes away someday, you always wonder 'why now?' when you lose someone close. Again, music helped me at this time by helping me to realize that I can overcome this pain. At this point, because music had such a big impact on what lead my life, I decided to attend Berklee College of Music to further learn what exactly about it helped me to stay sane all of this time.
I have so much to say, so many feelings that I want to express, and music has given me a way to."