Music is an important part of my life, it always has been. Sound is as vital to me as food, water, and oxygen. Its inspired dreams and stories and been my escape when the reality of being the only out gay kid in a small Montana high school got to be too much.

Once, it even saved my life. But, before I get into that, let me take a step back….

I discovered A’me Lorain’s debut single Whole Wide World after it literally fell from a shelf and hit me in the head.

My Favorite of the two music videos for Whole Wide World

Release as the theme from the film “True Love” I thought she looked cool and the song sounded catchy. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was the best twenty-five cents I ever spent. 

Follow My Heartbeat was the second single from A’me Lorain and like Whole Wide World was written by Eliot Wolf, the man behind most of Paula Abdul’s early hits. The gist of the song is that as long as you follow your own heart, nothing (and nobody) else mattered. 

As a fifteen-year-old kid, I was at a crossroads. This song not only helped me choose a path to continue living but a path where I decided to live 100% authentically.  

A’me literally saved my life, in more ways than one. I will be forever grateful to her. She’s one of the best people I have ever met.