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The music kept me from suicide.

"I catch myself staring down at my hands because I feel like that I’m watching myself play to the true audience, which is God."

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One thing my wife always pushed me to do was to play the bass. I had played. That’s how we met. I played timpani in High School so I kind of had a little bit of a bass heart, I guess you could say. I played bass drum in the marching band. I went to a school in Atlanta for it, for a little while. That was absolutely one of the main factors that kept me growing closer to God. We started going to our church. I went there and I started talking to the worship minister. Eventually, they got me plugged in and I started playing. That opened up a door for me to start playing for a youth ministry. 

I got to meet this one kid that came to me and said; “Man I have been cutting.” I was like; “Wow.” I told him my story of how I was suicidal as a kid and how I thought about different ways that I could kill myself and I even thought that I was a coward for not being able to go through with it. 

But, kind of full circle; there was a young lady in our community that committed suicide. This kid that I was talking to, this kid that I was witnessing and ministering to, now he is reaching out and telling his story about how he used to be suicidal and now he has given his life around. He plays in the band with me at church. 

I catch myself staring down at my hands because I feel like that I’m watching myself play to the true audience, which is God.

Tyrone - The music kept me from suicide.

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