Rock It: Foundation heals with original songs

Posted on November 13, 2013

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Rock It: Foundation heals with original songs

By Rachael Mattice

As adults, we have a responsibility to cope with our own ailments and aid our family members in emergencies.

And after going through a breakup, losing a job, being struck by a natural disaster or breaking an arm, we are still ensured a recovery. We know it’s unbearable, but time will move us on, one shattered piece at a time.

Disease, however, doesn’t always come with a promise that there is light at the end of the tunnel, sometimes literally killing us slowly from the inside out.

Even the strongest support systems can provide only a limited amount of help before we are forced to tap into personal willpower.

Now, imagine having to comprehend and manage that personal biological warfare before being old enough to enter the National Spelling Bee.

Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to kids and teenagers who face excruciating medical, physical and emotional challenges.

If music truly has the power to heal, a doctor’s work will never touch the medicinal antidote that notes and lyrics can provide to remind the patient of what it feels like to be normal again.

This neutralizer of disease-ridden darkness has touched the lives of more than 22,500 children since 1996.

Unlike most organizations, which ask for money, Songs of Love lets people request a composition – in any language and musical style and including the child’s name, favorite activities and genre – without reimbursement.

The children are able to play their song at school, for family or while waiting for treatment at the hospital. A lot of people dream of having a song inspired by them, but unlike that fantasy, this request can bring a bit of faith back to a young heart.

If you are blessed to have healthy children and young adults in your life and are also blessed yourself as a musician or composer, you can submit samples of your work and apply to be a Songs of Love writer.

If you’ve been looking for an honorable and unique cause to give back to, volunteer fundraising is also available as part of the organization’s Music Messenger/Song Sponsor program.

As one of the several professional songwriters for the organization, Thomas Jones said, Songs of Love “has been a chance to use my talents for the best of possible reasons: It’s for the aid and comfort of the most vulnerable among us in a time of their greatest need.”

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached at rmattice@jconline.com or on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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