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"In my experience music is a guardian angel; no matter what you're dealing with it shapes into helping you. It can provide the words you need to hear because you're not strong enough to say them out loud. Or maybe even to scared to. We all have certain songs that even hearing the first chord gives us chills. We have heard the song over and over yet it still hits the spot. Years ago I lost my grandmother who I held dear to me more than anything. Being a shy kid it was hard for me to speak up, but she always made sure my voice was heard. The day I lost her I wanted nothing more than to make her voice heard one last time. But it was just silence. For the first time in my life I had no outlet, and it felt as though everything had changed.
At that point, music began to have its healing effect on me. I remember a specific song I listened to on my way to her funeral, and hearing the words of someone else's loss made me feel less alone.
Not less sad, not less hopeful, just less alone.
For me, music soothes those silent moments when I don't know what to say, and puts out the fire in my heart when it feels like it's burning up. We use music at special occasions, from weddings to funerals, to instill an emotion and embellish the memory.
Music feels like my soul: It guides me, makes me feel certain things.
When I create music it strengthens my soul. Music is more than just sound, it is how we survive. People have certain songs for the bad days, the moments they want to cry, the times when they want to say goodbye and end it all.
Music is my support system. Without it I would be nothing. I used to think the phrase 'music saved my life' was cheesy, but now I look at that and say realize that it can and has. I may have lost a grandmother. I may have been hurt. But I have never gone a day without finding healing through music. The second I put in my headphones I know that I'll be safe. Music is here yet again to save the day."