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A Song of Transcendence

Updated: Aug 4, 2023


Hello! My name is Rose; in today's blog, I want to talk to you about how powerful music can be, especially in bringing us together. We all have a special connection to music. Music brings us all together no matter where we are from, what skin color we have, or what gender we are. Music doesn't discriminate. Today I want to share my special music connection with you. It started on the first night of the Haiti earthquake at around 8 pm. My legs have been crushed by the orphanage building for about three hours now. I was yelling for help until I couldn't yell anymore, so I ended up taking a little break from yelling for someone to help get me out of the building; in that little moment of silence, I heard a voice; it was my music teacher in the orphanage NooNoon, she was yelling for help too.

I stopped to ask her what was wrong. She ended up telling me she was stuck under the building too. When the wall landed on me, it landed with the bottom of the wall straight up on top of my legs with the top arched downwards, shielding me from the debris from the rest of the building; when the building landed on NooNoon, It landed on top of her making it almost impossible to breathe. NooNoon told me she was dying, so I had to think fast. I asked her if she would like to sing our favorite song? And she answered with a quiet yes. So we began to sing our Christian song. As you should know, in Haiti, the people who are suffering usually sing to God by offering their voices to God. I remember we sang as loud as we could until I heard NooNoon take her last breath. She died right as the song finished. This was a powerful musical connection for me because it means when you are listening to music and singing, you don't have to be afraid. NooNoon was a fantastic person and a great music teacher, and I will never forget our musical bond.

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Rose, Thank you for your courage in sharing this story. You are brave and stronger than you know! I look forward to seeing what you do with your blog. God bless you! ❤️❤️❤️

janet

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Your story made me cry. Your compassion and love of NooNoon is truly remarkable even when your own survival is in question. You inspire me!

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