Albums That Saved My Life: 'You Are Free' by Cat Power


The music I turn to when I am devastated and heartbroken and on the verge of collapse is always Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall). I first fell in love with her a year ago, in May of 2012. I was struggling as the 6th anniversary of my father's death approached. I was alone and isolated. Nothing comforted me. Then I found "You Are Free."  I listened to it for days and days. I knew I had discovered an artist who understood the aching inside me, an artist who had lost and suffered, who was sensitive and felt deeply.  As I confront the painful anniversary of my father's death again, I will reach for Marshall's music. I will hold on to her songs, her voice, her words, and I will be free.