It’s Music Monday time again! This time we’re featuring E.L. Reedy and A.M. Wade with their book Upon Broken Wings!
Puscifer – The Humbling River
The river mentioned here: in our book it outwardly symbolizes death: it is a swollen river that takes two lives. But it also symbolizes life: that struggle that we each must face to get to the other side in one piece and ready for whatever comes next.
How To Save A Life – The Fray
To save a life, it is a grief so many in the world, too many, must face—that helpless feeling of guilt that we should have seen the signs, should have recognized the hidden pain of those who chose to journey to the other side before their time. That horrible and indescribable feeling that it was somehow our fault. It is a feeling that dims over time, but never really leaves us.
R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
Pain and emotional turmoil are a part of life and this song is the most direct, in-your-face way of saying it. Don’t give up or give in. We all hurt but we’re all here to share the pain. The line “No. No. No. We’re not alone,” says it best.
Shinedown – Save Me
This particular song is almost a suicide letter—screaming for help. It mentions drugs, but whatever puts us in such a pit of despair can be anything. The point is that the singer is begging, crying, screaming for help. And the counterpoint is that so many who choose the lonely road never say anything outwardly. And maybe if they did, at least one more life could be saved.
Shinedown – Second Chance
Yes, its’ the same group, but this song says it best. The songwriter wrote this (in his words) as a message to his parents that he was moving on to live his own life. And though we don’t have to move on or move away physically, choosing to face our despair, to change our situation, to ask for help, that is a way to give ourselves a second chance.
E. L. Reedy and A. M. Wade: a brother-sister writing team from Iowa. “We wrote Upon Broken Wings to teach that suicide is never the answer and that all it does is spread pain to everyone left behind.”
Is a modern-day place of imperfect people, friends and family who both love and fail us, angels who deliver hope, bullies who destroy, and a loving Creator (God, or whatever name we call Him) who offers redemption for even our greatest failures. It is a place of light and shadow, love and hate, and a friendship that lasts even through death.
Are Purgatory, which looks like a rustic retreat in the country, surrounded by flower gardens and a vast forest; it is the weigh station between Heaven, Hell, and Earth—and The Borderlands, a grey realm between life and death—and finally a small Midwestern town on Earth.
Andrew (14), a high school freshman with Touch Aversion Syndrome, just trying to get through life, stubborn and proud, never asking for help, which leads to his undoing, must ultimately save Kiernan (14), a high school freshman, who attempts suicide after he’s outed as gay and is assaulted by bullies.
Andrew wants to awaken from what he thinks is a dream, but what Andrew needs is to realize that we are all connected and for better or worse, our choices affect everyone in the world around us. If he fails to achieve this understanding, his soul and that of Kiernan’s risk eternal damnation.
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