June 14, 2011

The power of music

Music can bring people together, like being in a band (Variations on a Theme), help with one’s identity (A Warrior Song), be a source of comfort, solace, or strength (Tangled Notes in Watermelon, Piano Obsession, The Gypsy’s Vioin, The Song of Stones River ).

The best stories are What a Song Can Do, by David Levithan and Ballad of a Prodigy by Jude Mandell. Both are written in verse, and both deal with teens who are trying to make their own way.

From Prodigy:
     Though music sings inside of me,
     I wonder if your plans for me
    are who and what I really am,
    and who and what I’m meant to be. 

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