Spotlight: Isabella Day And Soaring Soul Compositions
By Landon Funk
They say that music is one of the few universal languages. No matter who you are, where you are from, or how old you are, music has a way of touching us, comforting and inspiring listeners. I know that the music I listen to matches my mood, and I constantly scour lyrics to find a few words that let me know that I am not the only one who has ever felt a certain way. Music tells us that we are not alone. We never were.
For twenty year-old classical harpist Isabella Day, music is a way to communicate with cancer patients and their families. A student at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Day founded Soaring Soul Compositions, a nonprofit organization that composes classical pieces for people with cancer and their families.
In 2015, Day was living in Chicago and not yet out of high school when her best friend's brother passed away from leukemia a few days before Christmas. As anyone who knows someone who has died from cancer, Day was devastated and felt like there was nothing she could do.
A year and a half later, her boyfriend was diagnosed. Day spent most of her time in and out of the cancer ward, supporting the man whom she loved. One night, she was holding a warm cup of noodles but did not have any utensils with which to eat the instant ramen. A woman who had a loved one in a neighboring room offered her supplies. It is this moment of grace and helpfulness from a complete stranger that "flipped the switch" for Day.
Day started to write music for the people she came in contact with every day. That is her talent, her gift that she can offer to make the darkest moments shine a little bit brighter. Each song is unique and fully orchestrated using a composition software. Once the song is complete, Day will give the families and patients a recording. The pieces are a celebration of life.
Right now, Day is working on three pieces for three clients. However, she has composed approximately twenty songs since Soaring Soul Compositions launched a few years ago, and her work is featured on an album that debuts every May. This way, Day's music is accessible to everyone. Each piece has its own personality and paints a complex portrait of each individual. Her clients are more than their sickness, they are human beings with a life well lived. Thanks to Isabella Day, their memory is immortalized with each note and for that, she is one of the funkiest feminists that I have ever met.