Growing up, there were few things that I could count on but music was one of them. I started taking guitar lessons when I was 8 years old and every week, no matter how chaotic things were, I went to my lesson. My teacher was part musician and part therapist and taught me to play guitar, to sing and to write. She taught me how to pour my emotions into music and, in doing so, gave me an incredible set of coping skills. I found solace in music and it empowered me. In college, I played for hours each day and became a prolific song writer. My life can be easily traced back through the songs that I have written. Since having kids, though, my time is short and I don't play as often. I am out of practice and lazy. There are days, though, when I hear a piece of music that touches my soul and I am reminded of the power music holds. Sometimes, it is a single note that feels like an embrace or an acoustic refrain that becomes a part of me. Sometimes, I am simply moved by the lyrics, words that so accurately convey an experience that I feel somehow changed.
I may be a bit behind the times but, today, I discovered Missy Higgins. She has the voice, the music and the lyrics. When she sang, "...hold this feeling like a newborn...", well, she had me right then. I am inspired.