Bob Marley says when music hits you you feel no pain But when I feel music I can feel the pain of so many suffering artists I can feel the pain of Nas, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. I can feel the pain of Isaac Brock. I can feel the pain I feel inside of me Music is my independence, or one of its many manifestations The universe has no limits when I am being blanketed by the warmth of music And to me this is the greatest form of independence I can experience myself through someone else’s experiences That to me is interconnectedness So how can I be interconnected yet independent? How can I feel the warmth of music while at the same time it chills my bones? Music is like life full of contradictions, but without them would cease to exist Music is like life so personal, but shared by all peoples Music is like life it takes courage to listen to your own as well as other voices Music is life because for so many that is all there is left to live for.