One day, musician and author Alex Woodard received a letter from the mother of one of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting victims, Jesse Lewis.
The mother Scarlett Lewis' letter was so inspiring that the musician penned 13 songs about the mother's experience of the loss of her child plus tales of other people with similar stories of tragic loss.
The San Diego based musician used one of Scarlett's letter to pen one of the songs — Scarlett's raw words and emotional turmoil really touched Mr. Woodard.
She wrote in the letter:
"Jesse is a song to me, a beautiful melody that God gave me the music for and helped to write the words here on earth. His is a song about grace, beauty, light, and love, always."
The result is now 13 songs and a book based on the mother and the son. Both the album and the book are called For the Sender: Love Is (Not a Feeling).
Part of the musician's inspiration was the mother's story she had heard from her son's classmates that Jesse told nine of his classmates to run while the shooter was reloading — all nine of those students survived.
The musician said:
"When I heard that, I thought, 'This child made an extraordinary, selfless choice in that single second'. While I was putting together a video for this project Scarlett sent me so many images of Jesse growing up and you could clearly see that he was a confident kid with a big personality. I could see him being the kid who stepped up to save his classmates. That moved me deeply."
That's simply amazing — that type of bravery is not commonplace, and makes the late young man a hero.
The backstory of the creation of the following song is important to know to feel the emotional resonance at its full impact.
This is definitely a song that will make you cry, but sometimes that's okay — especially with such a heavy subject like the mother's loss of her son, her love.
Check it out (below).
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