There was this quote I heard a while ago. A quote that I could only understand as the years went by. The quote was, “a child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark”.
As I have grown, I realized how many times I have come back to that exact quote. With so much still left to learn, I was lost figuring out my purpose. And then, I started writing. Day by day, page by page, I began to understand that quote. I noticed that a piece of paper is not just a piece of paper. A piece of paper is a chance, a chance for something new. A chance to make a mark. With a blank piece of paper, we as humans have the opportunity of starting over with new words, new ideas, and new colors. And even if that piece of paper is ripped out of our notebook and thrown into the trash, it is still better than any of those previous pages crumbled up on the floor. And for most of us, we are made from those endless pieces of paper. And as time goes on, those pages that were once covered in black ink are now engulfed in color. And for the Paper Girl, those colorful pieces of paper have led her to the book of music.
From New York City, Sarah Gargando found her escape from depression through music. Being in high school, you are faced with so many new obstacles and inner challenges and sometimes, you need a way to cope with those issues. Music was how Sarah began to manage and battle many of her adolescent troubles like bullying.
For most of us, we are always seeking how to make our pain go away. Pain was something Sarah encountered throughout her earlier life, whether it was at school or in her head. While going through this, artists like Taylor Swift helped showcase the idea of poetic justice, which influenced Sarah to begin writing music. She quickly realized how all the pain and the suffering she had faced could help her create something beautiful. This allowed her to begin to express that suffering through her music and showcase her endless creativity.
At such a young age, the Paper Girl has had the opportunity of creating beautiful pieces of music. She recently just released her first EP, “Paper Girl” and two music videos available now on YouTube. However, throughout her life, Sarah has used music as a way to address bigger issues in society. Back in high school, she became very involved in feminist-related issues and testified at New York City Hall and continues to fight for equality through her powerful and compelling music. This can be seen in her second EP, which is expected to be released soon.
For many of us, it is not about the destination, but the journey. However, the journey for Sarah has never been just about the music. It was about change. All her life, she has aimed to spread positive energy and fight the cruelty in the world with kindness. For Sarah, music has allowed her to stand up for what she believes in and fight for those who seek change. Through her authentic lyrics and emotional instrumentals, Sarah has done more than just take our breath away with her vocals. She has made an impact on society with her upbeat personality and endless courage that is sure to spread color throughout our house.
“Don’t be afraid to pursue your passions and care ‘too deeply’ about other people and life as a whole.” - Sarah Gargando