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Instruments Of Good: The Healing Power Of Music
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Instruments Of Good: The Healing Power Of Music

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NPR profiles Jeff Campbell, the founder and director of Hungry for Music, a Washington, D.C.-area nonprofit that takes in donated musical instruments and gives them to underprivileged young people. Campbell has experienced the power that music can bring to a person’s life – using music to help ‘get through some dark times’ – and over the past 16 years has delivered over 3,500 instruments to young people in the D.C.-area.

Jeff Campbell explains his eccentricities this way: “I had something happen to me at a young age that caused me not to trust anybody.”

When he was just 10 months old, his father was killed in a helicopter crash. As a result, Campbell says, he grew up without much guidance. Along with his mother and five siblings, he experienced a sense of abandonment. The healing process has taken a long time.

And over the course of that process, Campbell developed two deep instincts: a general distrust of people and a genuine love of music.

Nearly 50 years later, Campbell has transformed that love into a life. As founder and director of Hungry for Music, a Washington, D.C.-area nonprofit, Campbell takes in donated musical instruments and gives them to underprivileged young people. He’s been doing that for 16 years and has handed out more than 3,500 instruments.

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Simple idea, really — the whole trash/treasure swap. But for Campbell, there is complex harmony in helping others make music. After all, he says, “music helped me through some dark times.”

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