Even though the rest of my siblings teased me, they still called me their “buttercup” and mom always said that I was sunshine in her world. Even as a very young child I was always singing or humming and could find the bright side to everything, which is something I continue to do even now. Music is the voice in which I express emotion, and those around me can see it. I often wondered if sharing music wi...
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...tive force has been a lifeline for me throughout my life. In the garden of my life, everything grows there from the seeds of music, and flourishes with the water of laughter and joy. When I read Alice Walker’s assessment of her mother’s garden leading her to discover her own (675) it hit me more profoundly than the relentless obsession Rodriguez encountered with his educational pursuit. Until now I had not ever really looked at the importance music has had in my life, or what role it played. I just knew I never wanted to be without it. Music is as integral to my existence as breathing is to living; it is something I cannot live without it.
Rodriguez, Richard, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Ways of Reading, Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008 Print
Walker, Alice, The Achievement of Desire, Ways of Reading, Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008 Print
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