When Plummer Home asked me to write a blog post for the Key of C Campaign, one word came to mind: Courage. Because music has given me courage.
Music is something I never thought I would be doing. When I came to Plummer Home in the summer of 2014, I had been to many programs, but this one was different to me. I still can remember my first time in the music room. It started with me playing drums and ended with me writing two different songs in about 3 hours.
I have a history, and it is not the greatest, but that is what makes the music. It helps me because I am able to tell my story without being judged. I know for me music gives a chance to share my story that I would not have been able to do if it was not for it.
In the Plummer music program I learned to control my feelings in a song and tell in it there. I felt that Aaron, the music teacher, was like another father figure because I really did not have one until the age 18, when I finally got to talk with my biological father. Aaron showed me so many things, like the best way for me to channel my thoughts was through speech and go from there.
The Plummer music program gave me the courage to share what I have to say in either a song or a speech. After a while, Plummer gave me the chance to do two public speaking gigs and each time I had to get told to come down because I have so much to say and I love speaking in front of people now.
The Plummer music program made a teen with a lot of anger to an adult with many dreams. Today I am attending Salem State University and am still in close contact with Plummer Home.