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I was lying in the bathtub listening to Cigarettes After Sex, when I thought what it would be like if Cigarettes After Sex didn’t exist in this world. It just came out of the blue, and it break my heart.

A world without music.

I thought I would be like a plant without water. I would shrivel and then just die. It’s tragic to even think about.

Music has always been a huge part of my life. And I think it’s important to realize that, especially in a time like this.

Whenever the world turns against me, music never fails me. I was an unpopular kid and I didn’t care. It might sound funny, but music is just not sounds and voices. It’s a place where I know I belong.

I haven’t played the piano for weeks because of my illness and my addiction to State of Decay 2, which I just uninstalled last night to get to work on my manuscripts. My piano got dusty. But that’s okay because I know it’s there waiting for me. Music is just like that.

When I say things like this about music, people just don’t understand and they don’t know what to say. It’s like trying to talk about Percy Weasley as my childhood crush to somebody who doesn’t read Harry Potter.

People just don’t understand why I get emotional on a song. Crying over a song is oh-so normal.

So now, I’m listening to my favorite songs, old and new, with a fresh perspective. Music is such a simple thing in this complicated and messy world. And I’m just so happy that such a simple thing can take my mind off everything that I’ve been worried about, and make me feel right again.

Isn’t it just nice that many artists are now doing #stayhome live stream? I think it’s one of the best things that could happen.

— Petra