Allowing Beauty, Love, and Truth into Our Lives

Remembering a songwriting program I facilitated with young girls who were transitioning out of McLean Hospital.  Some very beautiful songs were written.  McLean is a good hospital, well respected but I’m not sure if it’s not just a way to suck money from people who care so much about their children.  On the other hand what do you do for young people who are having serious trouble adapting to the world.

It’s not easy…no, not easy to be in this world.  We all have to develop a thick skin but still be open and willing to let beauty, love and truth in.  We all walk a fine line.  We learn as we grow.  For some it is harder than others and sometimes the reason for that is hard to find.  If trauma happened to you at a very early age often you can’t get back to it to process what it was and to hopefully heal from it.   I’m beginning to believe that so much is chemical.  We’re made of chemicals after all.  Some of us are probably born with more serotonin and endorphins in our body…The rest of us need to make sure we laugh enough and of course write our stories.  Songwriting has always been key for me.  Kept me sane (most of the time).

The Power is in the Song

Clearly music can do things which language can not. Music has unique powers, something very primal is at work.* Music is such a healing force, but adding your story to a melody, singing that song or having someone else sing it for you, is powerful for those who have been silenced by trauma. The power is in the song. Your truth in a poem or lyrics put to music can transport what may have been stuck or trapped inside, out to where you can look at and feel it from a safe distance

These songs have the ability to reach where regular talk therapy can not always go. After 30 years as a songwriter and recording artist, I began to teach songwriting to survivors of trauma.Inspired by studies that showed the power of healing through music, and witnessing the profound healing and recovery of women in my groups, I founded my non-profit Songbird Sings. In my programs survivors break the silence that hides abuse by finding their own voice through songwriting and singing.

As Carl Jung said, “The reason for evil in the world is that people aren’t allowed to tell their stories.”

paraphrased from Oliver Sachs.