This April is the 20th Annual Breaking the Chains Benefit for Autism Tennessee. , who has been a great support for our family and countless others. We are grateful for all the years the Bluebird Cafe’ has welcomed us back. They have been the perfect intimate listening venue for our mission of sharing autism awareness and education through the Arts. We’re thankful for all of the songwriters who have donated their time and talent to support these efforts.
The event got it’s name from a song that was written for our daughter Morgan, while we were in search of her diagnosis. As I look back at the lyrics now, I view things a whole lot differently. The first line of the song says “How can I reach you, so that I can teach you?” After all these years, I’m realizing more and more that I’m the one who needed teaching. I’m the one who needed my eyes and ears opened up to appreciate the gifts of each ordinary day and not to take anything or anyone for granted. Below is the song and the lyrics.
Help Me Break Those Chains
How can I reach you, so that I can teach you? Open up the world and put it in your hands? Cast out those shadows. Replace them with meadows. How can I help you finally understand? There is a place outside, I need to show you. Please don’t hide.
Help me break those chains that hold your precious mind. Like Rapunzel in her castle, please let down your golden hair. I need to climb and join you so that I can find that something that’s missing between here and there. Help me break those chains.
Open your eyes to the colors of rainbows. Open up your ears to hear the whippoorwill. Come out of that midnight. Reach into the sunlight. Feel the warmth that greets you as you climb those hills. Taste the sweetness of each day. Together, we will find the way.
Help me break those chains that hold your precious mind. Like Rapunzel in her castle, please let down your golden hair. I need to climb and join you so that I can find that something that’s missing between here and there. Help me break those chains. Please help me break those chains.
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!
Tammy Vice & Family
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