the room is big and full of people. but when the music starts it is just me and them. the sound- so pure- bleeds from their instruments into the air. It flies to my body and settles, not only into my ears but also on my skin. It sinks deeper, into my veins. My blood runs quickly throughout my body, carrying the waves of sound deep, deep, deep into the recesses of my soul. something within me responds, wakes up, takes a breath that seems to say, “finally, you have found a place to nourish me.” my soul seems to pulse within me, growing warmer. The music now encompassing me, body, mind, soul, and spirit. It is around me and within me. I am alive.