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Heartstrings Band :: NAMM Show :: In Studio :: Documentary Trip by Anna Bader

ability

/əˈbilədē/

noun

1. possession of the means or skill to do something.

2. talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area.

All of us, from time to time, encounter challenges-some more than others. Some are born with challenges others will never face, and they'll never know what it's like to see, hear, walk or think like the majority of the world. Hinderances. Disabilities. Struggle. These can define one's existence. 

This sort of reality has been real to me because I witnessed it on a daily basis since my sister was born prematurely in 1995.  

So, hinderances; disabilities; struggle. Every little thing becomes a big victory. It seems like there's always gonna be an uphill battle (*cue The Climb by Miley Cyrus :) )

In situations like these, it's easy to focus on everything that still needs improvement instead of what strengths are already present. But there is a group of people dedicated to focusing on abilities rather than disabilities. The fact that they don't see, hear, or think like the majority is a strength. I was privileged to document a week in their journey of doing what they LOVE; what they are PASSIONATE about; what they are TALENTED and more than ABLE to create. 

So, if you haven't heard of Heartstrings, (fingers crossed you'll hear them one day on the radio, and see the documentary that is being made about them), here they are performing at NAMM in Anaheim CA and recording in the studio with Sean Beavan. 

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Witnessing the fulfillment and joy that emanated out of these individuals as they created music was incredible... I am not sure if I can adequately put the feeling into words. 

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"If you have a talent-a voice, an eye, an ear- use it. Let the light, the experience, the depth, the emotion - let it out. Someone in the world needs your abilities... "

No matter what odds are stacked against you, if you have a talent-a voice, an eye, an ear- use it. Let the light, the experience, the depth, the emotion - let it out. Someone in the world needs your abilities - and you actually need them for your own well-being. If there's a passion you've been neglecting or given up on, I encourage you to make time for it. Let it out. 

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We all bring something valuable to this life

What is your ability?

You are able. 

♥ - Anna 

Check out a Phoenix New Times article about Heartstrings here

A feature about the band director Jared Woosley here