Life dictates music.

This week, a mom lost her 21-year old son due to a car accident.  It’s impossible to explain the devastation, the loss, the emotion…but music seems to say and feel it all.  Life experiences often dictate the music and lyrics that I write.  To this day, I’ve never had a plan before sitting down to write a song.  That’s the beauty and the blessing of it.

Last night, I sat down to play as I do every day, but the only thing on my mind was the life of Anthony Jarvis, a former student of mine who lost his life earlier in the week.  Such a young guy, whole life ahead of him, taken so young…it’s hard to comprehend.  As a mother myself, my heart goes out to his mom in a way that only parents can understand.  Not to take away from anyone’s grief, but the pain of losing a child is something only another parent can fully understand.  He leaves behind two little heartbroken sisters who looked up to him and treated him like a father-figure (their father passed away less than 10 years ago).  This family has been through so much.

Someday, when the time is right, I will play the song for Sam, his mother.  If I can give her solace through music, it would certainly be a blessing.

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