In these unimaginably painful and tumultuous times abroad and on American soil, I'm eternally grateful to share music now more than ever. I faithfully believe in the healing power and connectivity through music. Music has historically been on the forefront of political movements and peaceful protest. Music has the potential to uniquely capture the empathy, anger, and concern of global citizens. Music is the platform of cultural and political dialogue in ways that argument and conflict will not suffice.

I see my colleagues and friends in the music industry feel obsolete. We carry the anger and concern of our fellow musicians and feel our musical talents become irrelevant among the pointless deaths and tragedies happening in our own communities. But I urge the musicians, artists, and administrators in this field to continue your efforts. It is now, more than ever, that our efforts in the creative field have more relevance than perhaps ever before in our lifetime.

Leonard Bernstein said this in regards to the death of John F. Kennedy: "We musicians, like everyone else, are numb with sorrow at this murder, and with rage at the senselessness of the crime. But this sorrow and rage will not inflame us to seek retribution; rather they will inflame our art. Our music will never again be quite the same. This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."

I encourage and support the creatives in my community to express concern, love, support for your neighbors. Do not shy away from your art or craft. It is not irrelevant. It is imperative that we continue to participate in the conversation with creative minds because it is this very expression that has the potential to ease difficult conversations and open the platform for healing communication and peace.

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