I find music to be one of the most powerful forces available to change a mindset and encourage a more constructive emotional and mental state of being. This song, "Jewel in the Heart of a Lotus," by San Diego soul band The Styletones, speaks loud and clear to me about personal freedom and the power of being in a state of joy. So many people are experiencing mental entrapment: living in the past, worrying about the future and frustrated by present conditions and challenges that may be occurring in their lives. Positive music like this gives people hope regardless of what they are going through. We must continue to support our local artists by attending shows, hiring them for our parties and buying their CD's and merchandise. They often give us new perspective and a freshness in our thinking when folks can easily become jaded. We can show our appreciation by being there for them as well. Music offers so much hope and possibility for all of us.