A letter to you from Sarah Dion Brooks:
"Ah, life...you bring us on this beautiful, yet sometimes horrible, lovely, yet painful, heartbreaking, and yet heartwarming and miraculous journey. This journey of experiences that are meant for us to learn from. It is what molds us into who we are and who we can become.
One step at a time. One thought at a time. One word at a time. One song at a time.
The journey is what it is all about. And I have traveled many roads in my life so far. And plan on traveling down many more. I have learned some lessons that haven't been easy to learn. I got through them. And in all honesty, I needed them. I needed to learn that I could always get back up after I stumbled. I needed to learn that if it is to be, it is up to me. And I needed to learn that the power lives within me.
To rise. And then to rise again. And again. And again.
Sometimes I have needed a little help getting back up. And that is when music played its part.
Each and every one of us is on our own journey. Sometimes passing one another or catching glimpses through some form of social media. Most of us will never meet one another in person. Most of us will live our own lives, on our own journeys, not ever having the chance to connect with the billions of people in this world. Yet, at the same time, we are already connected. We are all a part of one another. And music is just one way that can help us feel that connection.
Music allows us the opportunity to feel with our hearts when language barriers keep us from understanding one another. Music can speak to the soul, sometimes without words ever being spoken. Music reaches into our hearts and allows us to connect with the source and feel. To me, that connection is love. And I have found so much peace and love through music while on my journey of life. It has helped comfort me when I struggled for answers. It has helped me feel beauty and light when surrounded by darkness. It has given me a feeling of peace when I needed it the most. So many different genres and styles. So many different feelings.
I have always been so grateful for the musicians and composers who have written the music that has given me strength. But there have been times when the music I needed to hear the most, was the music I had not yet written. I would sit in front of the piano and close my eyes and let my feelings go. And songs would form. Songs that would help me heal. Songs that would inspire me to be even better. And songs that would give me the strength that I needed to rise above any situation that came my way.
I continue to write music to remind myself of the person I want to be. The person that I know I am, but might have forgotten at some point along the way. Some songs have been written during hard times in my life, in order to get through each day and survive. Some songs have been written to help remind me how to heal and grow. Some songs were not even from my experiences but from those of friends that suffered dearly. I wrote songs to tell the stories they never had the chance to tell.
Through the suffering, there is peace. There is love. There is light. I write music because of that. Because of the love and light and hope and peace we can find throughout our journey.
I sing to share the journey with you. To help you know that you are not alone. To connect with you. To share my love with you. I write music for myself. But if somewhere along the way, the songs that I have written are able to touch your life as well and give you some sort of connection, comfort, and understanding that you are precious, then I will feel blessed and so very thankful. I do hope for that.
Because you are so very precious.
At the end of the day, when I look back on my life, and my journey, I want to feel that I didn't waste my time. That I didn't die with my music still inside of me. That I made a difference. That I shared messages of peace and love with the world. That I connected with you. At the end of the day, I want to know that I made a difference. And if I made a difference in the life of just one person, then I did the job I came here to do.
I love you, my friends. Those whom I have met, those I have yet to meet, and those I will never have the chance to meet. I love you. And I thank you for being a part of my journey. "
- Sarah Dion Brooks
Sarah Dion Brooks was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon. Although she moved across the United States multiple times during her first marriage, living in Florida, Texas, and Missouri, Sarah is now back home in Oregon where she performs on a regular basis. She loves to spend time with her husband and children. She enjoys running, audiobooks, watching the sunrise, and connecting with people on a deeper level. When Sarah is not working on music, she runs the Inner Garden Center for the Mind, Body, & Soul (www.theinnergardencenter.com) where she works with individual clients through her coaching program as an NLPMp (Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner) and Growth Development Coach. She is also an RYT200 Certified Yoga Teacher through BodyAwake Yoga, Dr. Sue Morter and Morter Institute. She currently teaches classes in her community. Sarah also works as a head Track & Field Coach as well as a head Cross Country Coach for the local school district, where she loves helping the youth learn to have strength, resilience, determination, and a love for themselves as they compete and learn to do hard things.
For more details on her life, feel free to visit her blog where she shares the meaning behind some of the songs she has written as well as what drives her to do what she does.