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August 13, 2009 – Guideposts
by Sarah Beldo
Throughout the years, music has been used to provoke inspiration and creativity, and also to encourage healing.
These are some of the goals of the Purple Songs Can Fly project, in which children at Texas Children’s Cancer Center have the opportunity to write and record their own songs in a professional studio.
Purple Songs Can Fly was started by songwriter Anita Kruse, who was a visiting artist with the Arts in Medicine Program at the hospital.
She saw the potential for using the latest technology to allow critically ill children to record songs easily and quickly. The hospital agreed to dedicate space to a small recording studio, and Krause began working with the first participants in March 2006.
“I feel very blessed to be able to help these children express through music what may never have emerged in quite the same way,” Kruse explains. “I continue to be amazed by what is waiting in each child’s imagination.”
An unusual twist to the project is that children have the potential to send their songs into orbit aboard a space shuttle or see them used on commercial airline flights.
Children have written and recorded 138 songs with Purple Songs Can Fly since the program began.
The article first appeared on www.Guideposts.com, Reprinted here with permission.