Inspiring Music for Our Lives Essay

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Below you will find the survey and writing contest summary report from the blogging contest in which we asked people to share a story about a song that was incredibly inspiring to them at an important point in their life. 9,680+ people visited the Stage of Life writing contest pages during this month's writing prompt (July and August 2012) from over 100 countries and 50 US states. 456 people fully answered the music survey (results below). The majority were teens. 190+ people from various life stages (teens to Baby Boomers) submitted a qualifying essay about an inspirational song (see below for essay links). Writing Contest Background - Music in our Lives Music plays an integral and emotional role in our lives. There was the song that was playing in the background during your first kiss. The song you picked for your first dance at your wedding. The song that helped you through a difficult time. Or the song you and your friends belted out at the top of your lungs one summer night around a campfire. We all have stories and memories tied to songs that have become a part of who are, because music plays an integral part of shaping our identity as we mature through life. Consider these quotes about the importance of music... "Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." --Maya Angelou "Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." --Jimi Hendrix "Without music, life would be a mistake." --Friedrich Nietzsche "If music be the food of love, play on." --William Shakespeare "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." --Bob Marley "Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God." --Martin Luther "Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the

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