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Music has been my escape from my reality, my daily life combating a rare disease. Melodies, lyrics, fine voice, and musicianship that capture and enhance certain feelings for certain moods are critical to keeping up the fight against my disease. 

I listen to music every day. I listen because it helps boost my mood. No matter if I’m sad or happy, feeling well or struggling, I have a tune for each mood. Most days I cannot go without listening to music because it takes my mind to a different place.

Some people may not understand how it helps with anxiety and depression when you’re living with a debilitating disease. It helps me forget about what is going on in my life and how stressful it is at times living with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD).

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One of my favorite artists that I enjoy listening to is Jhene Aiko. Her voice is so soothing. She creates the best music when addressing relationships. She has a song called “Promises” that she made with her deceased brother’s voice in it, talking to her daughter.

I love that song because it makes me think of my sister who is no longer here. When Jhene talks about being able to feel her brother’s presence but she can’t believe that he is no longer here, I can relate to her. I feel the same about my sister.

Another artist that I enjoy is Summer Walker. One of my favorite songs by her is “CPR.” Of course, it’s a love song and I love that kind of music. 

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Jasmine Sullivan is another artist I listen to. I’ve been listening to her for years. And I love her new music. I can not forget about artists like Beyoncé. She came from the group Destiny’s Child and while growing up me and my sisters loved their music. To this day I listen to them and it makes me think of times my sister and I did karaoke to their songs.

Since I was born in the 1990s, that’s the music I grew up listening to. It gives me a comforting feeling because it reminds me of the old days before my disease became omnipresent in my life. My mom would take us for a ride with the music from that era playing. I remember having the windows down and just enjoying the breeze while listening to the music and riding around town.

When I’m feeling down sometimes I like to listen to some gospel music. I grew up in the church so I’m no stranger to church music and I love it. One gospel song that I enjoy listening to is “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” I love that song because it is not only very touching it is inspiring for those darker moments. 

Another song I like is “Be Encouraged by William Becton.” The song talks about being encouraged no matter what’s going on in your life because God is in control. 

No matter what mood I’m in, no matter how LGMD has affected me, music is good medicine. It just does something to me. Sometimes listening to music when I’m drawing or painting helps me stay focused and relaxed.