Art has the power to render sorrow beautiful, make loneliness a shared experience, and transform despair into hope.

Only art can take the holler of a returning soldier and turn it into a shared expression and a deep collective experience.

Music, like all art, gives pain and our most wrenching emotions voice, language, and form so it can be recognized and shared.

The magic of the high lonesome sound is the magic of all art. It is the ability to both, capture our pain and deliver us from it at the same time...

...The transformative power of art is in the sharing.

Without connection or collective engagement, what we hear is simply a caged song of sorrow and despair.

We find no liberation in it. 

It is the sharing of art that whispers "you are not alone." 

- Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness