Here’s a moving new approach to song-sharing.
The website is called Emotional Bag Check. Here’s what you see when you visit that url:
Isn’t that remarkable?
I gave it a shot. I’ve been feeling pretty good lately, so I went ahead and tried to help someone carry their baggage. Mmh. It was very difficult. People are really putting themselves out there; it hits hard, in the same paralyzing, bleak way PostSecret can. But what’s wonderful is that here, you can move beyond paralysis: you (you!) have the chance to show these despairing people that someone cares. After reading someone’s troubles, you can send them a song (it’s powered by, though unaffiliated with, the music-sharing site Grooveshark) and, if you want, a message. Although I didn’t try submitting any of my cares, the highly readworthy FAQ says that the site guides its needy to a list of suicide-prevention resources.
It’s heavy stuff, but very real, and a very special way to make a difference in someone else’s life through music. I remember the Yale Alumni Chorus had a tour once called the “Gift of Song” tour. Here you really can give the gift of song — or get it, if you need it.
As always, I’d love your thoughts on this. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.