Music Saved Me

Scholarship Entrant: Andrew from Ezel, KY
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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Music saved my life. Many people may say this; however, it really did mine. I was taking medicine for depression, anxiety and many other things, when I was only 13 years old! I had attempted suicide multiple times before that time, but the only escape was my 50 acoustic guitar. I have been playing since I was 8 years old and I started writing music to express my emotions due to the apathetic nature of myself in public. Now I’m 18 and am off of all my medicine, my psychiatrist told me it was probably because I began expressing myself through music and poetry. Music really did save my life. If I didn’t start writing music when I was 14, I would probably be 6 feet under.

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Music Is My Life

Scholarship Entrant: Alec from MIAMI, Florida
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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Hello, my name is Alec Alfaras. I’m currently building a studio from an old office building I inherited from my father. My brother and I formed a rock band called Sunny Day Vibes. I’m also a member in a Tallahassee based band, Pleasant Peasant. My dad was a successful musician and I have many guitars which he used to play. I will be a musician, as my career, come whatever may. Music gives me life and is part of my soul. I play from my heart and I truly believe that is what matters most. Blues, Rock and Roll, and Latin music inspired me at a very early age. Thanks.

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Music a big door open to many worlds.

Scholarship Entrant: Jonathan from orlando, FL
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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Music has changed my life in so many ways, i play guitar ,piano and saxophone and i am a singer songwriter. When there are moments of sadness, solitude, joy, happiness and spiritual conection music has a big part of it in my life. Example i am a lead singer at my church and when i play my songs with my guitar i can see and feel how the lyrics impact and create a diference in the life of those who have heard the songs and if it wasnt by the inpiration of GOD and music i could have never felt that fullfilment and joy of gratitude and thats how music has changed my life.

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Now I Can Play

Scholarship Entrant: Joanne from Bethlehem, PA
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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I remember being disinterested in my elementary school music class, but I always enjoyed listening to music. I was amazed by the talent of some of my classmates who could sit down at the piano and play a song. I later learned to play guitar, and received instruction on the tenor sax in high school. I found a group in which I felt I belonged by participating in the music program. Years later, that time of participating and learning in high school lead me to be chosen as a music director at my church. I am glad that I get the opportunity to play and sing as well as lead others in the music ministry. I never learned to play the piano, but I can play my guitar and sing.

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Importance of Music

Scholarship Entrant: Carl from Riverdale, GA
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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Music has the potential to be one of the most powerful ways to empower and instill hope and belief in a child. It’s cathartic, benevolent, and it raises the spirit of some people to unbelievably high levels. This spirit can help people explore their feelings, relate to different people, understand different beliefs, and equip their hearts and minds with all they would need to take on the world. Engaging in the full range of what exists in reality through music has given me more than I could ever put into words. A perfect example of this is a band called Veil of Maya, who packages rhythm, emotion, groove, and all into 30 minutes. Their music takes me on a journey that seems completely out of this world.
All in all, music is a way for me to explore feelings that I could not access or experience doing anything else. Music is arguably the only thing that exists outside of everything else deemed “good” or “bad” going on in the world, because it isn’t inherently bad. It’s there to make me feel good, and it has done so for as long as I can remember.

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my dream

Scholarship Entrant: gary from leesburg, florida
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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Music has changed my life in a few main areas. I grew up in the sixtys and have had a passion for all types of music since then every type from the fifty’s until today. I rely on music I guess I lean towards classic rock it helps my bi- polar illness. It has a grounding effect and it pulls me from my depression If not for music , I would hate to think of how many times something bad may of happened to me. Some times its the lyrics some times its the whole song but my mind wanders whjle I am listening maybe taking me to a place I have never been before like a dream of sorts.A fav is stairway to heaven. night moves, a few ccr songs and tons of others, I dont work so my dream is to play music like the groups I love. Further connecting me to something possitive and up beat. Its a cheaper form of therapy that I can afford, concidering what real therapy costs

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 12/22/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Kelvin L. in Bolingbrook, IL wrote, “I would like to congratulate Sophia H., Matt M., Spencer M., Sannah B. and Jay B. for your excellent performance at Steinway Piano Gallery yesterday! Your excellent performance and hard work are deserving of recognition. Have a blessed holiday!” Bravo and keep up the good work in the new year!

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Music

Scholarship Entrant: Grayson from San Antonio, Texas
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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Music is a part of a lot of peoples everyday lives. Whether they make music, play music or just listen. We fit ourselves into the songs played through our lives and often times can remember back when we heard a song we liked for the first time and get a great nostalgic feeling. The song that gives me the best feeling in the world is Tiny Dancer by Elton John. I can remember the first time i heard it. I was sitting in the back sit on my way to school. It was early in the morning right before the sun was set to rise. My mom was reading the back of the Almost Famous soundtrack she had just bought, opened it up, popped the disk in, and skipped a couple of tracks. I was staring out the window when the pianos melody came in. I can remember the exact house i was looking at in my neighborhood and the smell of new plastic from the CD. It was everything i could hope for in a song and more. I stared out the window for the rest of the drive and imagined myself in front of a huge audience playing the piano part to Tiny Dancer. The crowd roared and applauded. My mom interrupted my day dream to let me know we were here. I entered the school with the biggest smile i have ever had. That day i had decided i wanted to be a musician.

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Learning Music IS Possible

Scholarship Entrant: Travis from Fairview, OR
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved music, but I’ve never believed I was capable of making music. As a kid I wanted to learn to play many instruments, but my controlling father would not allow me to learn any of them, nor would he allow me to take the music classes at school. As I grew older I always lamented my inability to play anything and wished that I could. That is until earlier this year when I decided it was stupid to complain about having no musical skills when I’m a grown man and able to make my own decisions for myself.

I work a part-time job in tech support at a university and we have piles of M-Audio Keystation keyboards laying around, so one day this past September I decided to pick up on my lunch break and plug it in. The sounds I made were terrible, but I started slowly learning through youtube videos and the lessons built into GarageBand and I can now play several simple songs and I own my own keyboard.

This boost of confidence taught me that learning music IS possible for me, and I have recently also started to teach myself harmonica and I’ve been playing around with a friend’s guitar hoping that I can get one for myself to learn on. I thought I had no musical abilities, but really I am learning I did all along, they just needed to be embraced and worked on.

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Music as Meditation

Scholarship Entrant: Mark from Chicago, IL
Essay Question: How has music changed your life? Please describe a specific example and share what music means to you.
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Music changes my life on an ongoing basis. Good days, bad days, even just OK days – picking up a guitar and falling into the rhythmic trance of even the simplest songs and the world disappears. All worries and cares simply melt away.

Music is my meditation.

The doors to new worlds of possibilities are perpetually being unlocked. Once amazing, yet seemingly impossible grooves beyond my capabilities are slowly sussed out. An exercise in patience, a confirmation that all is achievable with determination and diligence. Soon again, I’m lost in another dimension of the beautiful world that is music.

Emerging on other side of this world, I am changed. The possibilities are now endless, potential limitless. The world now beautiful and life’s challenges boldly welcomed. I can do this.

Music is my meditation.

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