// The Day My Music Died

I’ve played music and have been in bands since I was 15 years old. I have been lucky to have been in bands with some very talented people in Savannah. Immediately following the incident of the shooting, I did not want anything to do with music. I didn’t want to hear it or even really talk about it. It was mainly fear of hearing something that would take me back to a certain time and place when I was able to walk. That was something that I was not prepared to deal with.

It took about a month for me to want to listen to music again. The first thing I listened to was Baroness’ Red Album. From the first note I started crying. The tears were not from sadness. The record had just come out and I was really proud of them and what they had accomplished. It just made me very emotional. There really isn’t sadness associated with not being able to play on stage anymore. I simply enjoy the fact that others can. And I will support that as long as I can. My life would be relatively empty without the sound of music.

JHS


2 comments

  1. Your article reminds me of my brother (who, coincidentally, I was in a band with starting when I was 15 years old). He became a professional ballet dancer and choreographer, but eventually developed such debilitating knee and back injuries, he could no longer dance. A big piece of him died, in a way, and unlike you he cannot take any joy from watching others express themselves in the dance arts. So you are very fortunate to have the ability to enjoy the music around you. Be well.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your brother. It is hard to accept the fact of not being able to do something you were once passionate about. Thanks for reading.


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