5. MUSIC CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LESS ALONE
“I feel like the only real way to find hope in situations when you’re just at the very bottom is through other people and through relationships and through allowing other people to build you back up.
“I know that a lot of younger people say, ‘Well, I don’t have any close friends,’ ‘My family hates me,’ and ‘I have no one.’ That’s why we make music as a band, that’s why we’re touring constantly and playing shows: to show people that even if I don’t know all of these people on a one-on-one, personal level, there still are people out there who have felt the same way as them, and there still are people that believe in a better life, as well.”
–Joshua Moore, We Came As Romans
6. MUSIC CAN HELP YOU EMBRACE YOUR DIFFERENCES
“I got a scholarship to an exclusive school when I was a kid, and I felt very kind of socially awkward when I was there, and I had a really tough time with that. It was around that time I started listening to the Clash, and from then on into bands like NOFX, Black Flag, the Descendents and stuff like that. That kind of rage and defiance of punk rock, but also the idea of a punk-rock scene and a kind of ‘refuge for the weird kids’ was really, really important to me, and it was something I really clung onto.”
7. MUSIC CAN PROVIDE A CONSTANT IN A CHAOTIC LIFE
“The one thing that did remain consistent [in my life] was music, because it didn’t judge me, it didn’t tell me I was wrong, it didn’t tell me I was being a ‘punk’ or a ‘bitch’ for feeling the way that I felt. It allowed me to say and do the things and explore parts of myself that I never could otherwise.”
–Jason Aalon Butler, letlive.
8. MUSIC CAN MAKE YOU SEE STRUGGLES OUTSIDE YOUR OWN AND GIVE YOU INSPIRATION TO HELP OTHERS
“We’re all in this together in everything that we go through. Just because we’re three feet taller [onstage] doesn’t mean we don’t have the same problems or situations in life–if anything, we have a bigger platform to be realistic about them and relate to the people that follow, support or give our band a chance.”
–Garret Rapp, the Color Morale