Music in Common has had such a tremendous impact on my life. I no longer see music as just something to help me through life. I see it as a tool to break down barriers and stigmas and the things we’ve put up to avoid seeing each other. Music for me is now a way to bring people together that I thought would never talk to each other.
This experience has truly been one I’ll never forget. I’ve made lifelong friends and I’ve gained so much self confidence. I’ve seen first hand that if you work together with people that you can really achieve anything.
Music In Common is really not like any program I’ve ever done. Going in I didn’t know what to expect and I also didn’t expect it to shape my perspective on life and my perspective on music as much as it did. It teaches life skills. I teaches you how to care. It teaches you how to love people, how to see people… how to really see people instead of seeing them for the stereotypes that they’ve been put under.
If everyone in the world experienced Music In Common I think it would be such a peaceful coexistence. I am really happy that I’ve had the chance to participate because it’s really changed my life.
It's easy not to listen and gloss over the words on the television. Or the radio, or the newspaper, or what your friends are talking about at work. Amplify makes that harder.
From the beginning, Amplify emphasized the great importance of not just listening, but feeling what the other young individuals in our community and our world are going through. It was incredibly eyeopening to connect with teens from around the world just by listening to their songs. Music is the most wonderful thing in the world to me. I believe that it is the universal language. It relies on the emotion and purpose of a thought, and not pronunciation. The beauty of it is, you are not required to speak, or even listen, to understand. All you have to do is close your eyes, and let the music trigger your deepest memories.
I will never say music saved me, instead, it gave me the strength and courage to save myself. Amplify gave me confidence in my voice and reminded me that even I could make a difference in the world. Amplify has truly shifted the way I view music, opening up more doors of possibilities than I ever imagined. This program is proof that I can combine my greatest passions into something both beautiful and impactful.
I am truly grateful for the memories and experience Amplify has given me, thank you for inspiring and bringing to light the people who care.
~ Elisabeth Enoch, Amplify Berkshires 2018
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