WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"We played a couple of songs, and he was getting a little teary. He said, 'I've got something I'd really like to tell somebody, and you seem like the right person.' And I said sure." After some hesitation, he began to open up. At first, he spoke about some of his traumatic experiences as a police officer; finally, he got down to what was really bothering him. It was something he hadn't been able to talk about with anyone since his wife had died 15 years before. One of his children had been molested as a little boy by a priest. Despite receiving therapy, the boy acted out in strange ways. His siblings and friends, who weren't told what had hap- pened to him, just thought he was a wacky kid. He dropped out of school, got hooked on drugs, and thought about suicide. The father felt helpless, more so because his son swore him to secrecy. "So he was sitting with all this pain, and he had nobody to talk with," Kynvi says. She and the police officer began meeting several times a week, without the daughter present. "He would talk and talk, and then would say, 'Now can you just sing me something absolutely beautiful?' And I knew what he meant by that. He would close his eyes, and I would sing and I would play," Kynvi says. "And as his facial expression changed, I changed what I was playing Much More Than Music to Their Ears 104 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 "I'm trying to convey all the compassion that I have through my voice and my music."

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