Musician Caroline Rose recovers from a double punch with a new outlook

In high school, Caroline Rose didn’t have many friends with whom she could share deep, heart-wrenching struggles. So she started writing songs.

“It was an emotional outlet where, if I didn’t express myself in some way creatively, I would have exploded or started using heavy drugs or something,” Rose said in a recent phone call.

When the pandemic hit, Rose found herself in a similar headspace. “It was very reminiscent of when I first started making music, when I was an early teenager, and I had all these really raw emotions that I didn’t know what to do with,” she said. “It brought me back to a place where I was so desperate for some sort of creative outlet that all I did was sit and noodle around on the guitar for many, many months. And I hadn’t done that in years. I had been so bored with writing guitar music and playing acoustic guitar that I hadn’t touched it in years. But I felt the excitement of approaching an instrument and being like, ‘This is my vessel. This is going to save my life right now.”

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