30 Days of Truth: Ani DiFranco

30 Days of Truth, Day 13: A band or artist who has got you through a hard time

Dear Ani,

What can I say? You were with me during a time in my life where I felt like I was drowning. I had no power, lacked the ability to accept myself, and desperately needed a clear, loud voice to follow.

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I grabbed onto your music like it was a life raft. I asked myself “What would Ani do? What would Ani say?” I was empowered by your “take-no-shit” attitude. I was inspired by your raw vulnerability. Your lyrical genius pushed me to work harder on my own writing.

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Whether you were writing about feminism, abuse, heart-break, shitty parents, being queer, social issues, you made me feel like my life–and the direction it took–was up to me, and no one else.

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You made me believe that greatness is possible from anyone.

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