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SEASON 3 | EPISODE 72 | 25 Sept 2023

Song of the soul: How one song helps me find the light in the darkness

In this episode, I’m going to be using Jimin’s (of BTS) song ‘’Set me free part 2’’ to talk about why this song is my second song in a trilogy of songs given to me by music, and how I apply it to my current life.

This song for me focuses on having determination, passion and overcoming and basically stepping into my true self. I feel I’m at a point where I need to get out of my own way much more, what do I want in life and how do I want to spend living it?!

It is time for me to step up and more into who I truly am, let the world know and ditch fear and concern about who says what, where and when and why.

This song is truly a wonderful anthem for anyone that struggles with letting go of these emotions and empowering to keep that determination and passion going to overcome our often self-created hurdles in life.



At the age of 17 I went to The University of New York at Morrisville where I studied musical Instrument repair. With diploma in hand, I applied for work but found that no music store wanted to hire me. So, I opened my own shop “Cole’s Woodwind and Brass” Soon after I married my high school sweetheart Mary Alice. through many serendipitous twists and turns, we raised our family with our little music shop. Today, after 45 years of working on horns, I reflect back with great appreciation for a life that has given so much. In an effort to give back I travelled to the impoverished nation of Haiti in 2016 to teach instrument repair. After returning several times, I founded Horns for Haiti Inc. in 2020, an organization that teaches band instrument repair and how to start your own music business. To date, we’ve trained dozens of musicians and music teachers how to repair and started two businesses. Billy Shop D’Haiti, Musical Instrument Repair and the Haitian Music Supply Company.

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During this episode I chat about:
  • Songs as themes for self-discovery & to gain clarity on emotional and mental health. (2:01)
  • Jimin’s song “Set Me Free” and its meaning (5:53)
  • Why this song brings me solace and inspires me to break free from self-imposed limitations and societal expectations (8:27)
  • Music’s power to inspire and overcome life’s challenges. (11:58)

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