Music is the life in me.

Bethany - Kyle, Texas
Entered on June 24, 2008

I believe in music. It can save my soul. It is what drives me to my profession. Music can uplift and unwind me. Music is the freedom in me.

Music helped me through the very worst of times. When my parents were fighting my freshman year of high school; I was not comfortable with talking to people about it much, so I turned to music. All types of music helped me, when they yelled I listened to loud music, when they were not home I listened to softer, acoustic tunes. Music was there for me. When I needed something to just clear my stress away, the sweet melodic lines soothed me.

I’ve never felt so alone that music couldn’t help me. I believe that music is my only way of life, my only choice. I would never settle for anything less than pure bliss brought on by the notes and rhythms. To listen to music is one thing, but to play it is a whole new world. To play and sing along with a guitar, or to be on stage performing a moving peace by Gillingham or Sousa; to hear the recording from my last concert as a Hays High School junior was the best feeling. Being fourth chair Wind Ensemble, playing God’s instrument, is such a beautiful feeling. I feel free and renewed after playing for an audience. Like nothing can bring me down off of the high music brings me.

I believe in music, and that it has the ability to set me free from my worldly chains of the everyday hustle and bustle.

To me, music is more beautiful than a sunrise, than the first spring flower. No. Nothing can compare to the connection shared between musician and music. If I could give the gift of music in a box, everyone in the world would have one. I would send it to the saddest of people I see in stores to remind them that there are people out there that feel the way they are feeling right now, that there is a solution. On Valentines Day, I won’t be sending people chocolate, or teddy bears, or cute cards; I will be sending them the most beautiful way to say I love you, a song. It takes time, and effort, and inspiration to write a song. A connection must be made between the writer and paper to create the smooth lines and graceful notes of the staff. Being a part of music is much more rewarding than being a part of a global business or nationwide service. I believe that music is nothing more than love, written down on paper to make the hearts of other people fly.

Life is nothing to me without music. So music is my life.