Gen Marengere

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  1. Dear Josh, I've started this letter over and over again, more times than I can count, because I can't seem to find words adequate enough to express my gratitude to you: On June 9th, 2012, my dad, my brother and I had to make the decision to take my mom off of life support after her doctor told us she couldn't fight anymore (she had a heart attack). That day remains the worst of my life. My some stroke of luck, fate, magic, whatever you want to call it, your song "To Where You Are" sort of fell in my lap at the most opportune time. I don't remember how I came to hear it, but every day, I'm glad I did. My grief at that time was so big that I didn't know how to handle it. I spent my days in a fog; I don't remember a whole lot from that time. All I could see in front of me was depression, grief, guilt, sadness. The song helped heal my heart and it shone a beacon of light into the darkness that I wasn't sure would ever dissipate. Since then, I have become a full-on fan. I don't listen to "To Where You Are" much anymore because that song has the singular ability to make me cry no matter what kind of day I'm having. However, other songs have become favorites: "Alejate," "Changing Colours" (though I have a hard time with that one too), "Over the Rainbow," and my very favorite, "Awake." It's my favorite song, and my favorite album of yours (both studio and live). In fact, a few weeks ago, I had my favorite line, "so keep me awake for every moment" tattooed on my arm. It reminds me of my mom, but also reminds me to stay present in the moment. When I first started listening to you, I sort of ignored the songs in Italian and in Spanish because I didn't know what they meant. I started listening to them recently and I am SO glad I did (though I deeply regret not having given them a chance sooner). Thanks to Google Translate and some internet sleuthing, while I can't really sing along (and trust me, you wouldn't want me to, anyway! ) I know what they mean. The beauty of your songs - English or otherwise - astonishes me daily. They are my lullabies at night, and I always have snippets of them in my head throughout my day. I realize that the chances of this being seen by you are very, very minimal, and that the chances of a reply are even less likely, but the fact that this is out in the universe makes me feel better. Your music saved my life. The light that you shone in the darkest time of my life is something that I will be forever grateful for. One day, my hope is to see you live, and thank you in person, but until (if) that day comes, please know how much you mean to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. With love, - Gen xo Elliot Lake, ON Canada