Music is such an important part of who we are as humans. Few other things seem to affect us so deeply and reliably. When I knew I was going to be deployed, getting a small MP3 player was one of my first priorities. I knew music could sooth when I was stressed, could help me pass the time when I was lonely, could help block out unpleasant environments.
I've been working again on my book, and listening to Yahoo Music while I worked, so the TV in here wouldn't distract me. One of my favorite songs began playing, like drifting into a smooth, warm current, surrounding and lifting me along. That song was Jimmy Buffett's "Come Monday".