Hi there reader,
Today is the eight year anniversary of the day my mom died, and I wanted to share this song I wrote about her. I started songwriting when I was fifteen, right around the time she was first diagnosed with cancer. When she died, and in the many years since, writing songs has been instrumental (pun intended) in my process of coping with and overcoming grief. Songwriting is also how I deal with feeling very happy about things, or excessive emotions of any kind, really.
I guess I’d just like to say that if you’re struggling with grief or depression, you’re not alone, and that working through your emotions using a creative outlet could really help you. I think taking some really crummy feelings and turning them into something pretty is a beautiful and powerful thing. As Leonard Cohen said, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”