65 BOOK Instrumental – 2015

January 23, 2024

James Rhodes – (Londres – España, 1975)

“I was raped when I was six years old.

They admitted me to a psychiatric hospital.

I was a drug addict and alcoholic.

I tried to commit suicide five times.

I lost custody of my son.

But I’m not going to talk about that.

I’m going to talk about music.

Because Bach saved my life.

And I love life.”

I wish to find the precise words to encourage people to read this book. I’d love for everyone with children to give it a read. I thought I had read about complicated and tough topics concerning us humans, but this book had a HUGE impact on me. All the emotions stirred, and there were MANY tears, but as I recovered, I tried to understand why this reality was so severe. My mind was filled with questions: How many James Rhodes are out there? Could there be James Rhodes in my own family? Are children being harmed right now? Why do they hurt children?

I think about my nephews, and I always want to shield them from many experiences that are so traumatic, that tear your life apart, that consume you bit by bit. In this world full of complex problems, we must not forget our lack of sexual and spiritual education. This is creating a very sick society, and the worst part is that we don’t have the right tools to address many mental health issues, whether they result from traumatic experiences or not. There are few hospitals and genuinely trained individuals to help many victims and many people in need of psychological and psychiatric support, and often, it’s impossible to afford private care.

Despite the rawness of the book, a moment of calm arrives. It’s not the classic “lived happily ever after” story because that doesn’t exist for such intense life issues, but there are moments of peace that are simply those moments. I admire, value, and appreciate that there is a James Rhodes who dared to tell his story despite everything, but above all, I’m grateful that he dared to move forward.

This book touches very sensitive nerves: hopefully, it makes us aware and prompts us to act, but it’s also a book about what love means and the power of music. If we’re newcomers to “classical” music, this book is perfect for appreciating the incredible work of art that is the history of quality music.

Thanks for reading.

Have a great day! 😘

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