“Boy, you gotta Carry That Weight…”

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.


2 thoughts on ““Boy, you gotta Carry That Weight…”

  1. fuzzymango

    I discovered this site a couple of months ago, and though I can’t say that I find PostSecret to be either paralyzing or bleak, I do really like the fact that Emotional Bag Check lets you send someone the gift of song. 🙂

    It also reminds me a bit of the “psychological lockers” that my choir teacher in high school used to tell us about. “There’s a row of psychological lockers right outside this room,” he would say. “Before you walk in each day, I’d like you all to take a moment and put whatever stuff you’re carrying into that locker. All your worries and fears and problems. Then come in here and sing. That stuff will still be there if you *want* to collect it on the way out, but you can leave it there indefinitely if you like, and the janitorial staff cleans them out every week or so.”

    He was an awesome teacher, in case you couldn’t tell. 🙂

  2. Louise

    I found the site a couple months ago too through the power of facebook…

    I’ve gotta say, I used it both to send someone a little love and receive some in return, and the messages and songs you get back from complete strangers can make a world of difference. It’s a remarkable service :o)


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