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Local teen Matthew Bernstein gets ready to launch 'Music Soothes the Soul'

The 17-year-old from Catlin Gabel will see his new book come out on Aug. 15

Music Soothes The SoulMusic is the universal language. Music knows no age.

And for Matthew Bernstein, a 17-year-old who just graduated from Catlin Gabel High School, “Music Soothes the Soul.”

That's the name of the book that Bernstein's publisher, Waldorf Pubishing, will release on Aug. 15. Bernstein, who began his career as a staff writer for the Oregon Music News at the age of 13, is donating all proceeds from book sales to the Fender Music Foundation to keep music programs healthy and vibrant across the nation.

The book is based on his popular weekly OMN series called “Music on the Street.” Music Soothes the Soul features engaging stories from 70 musicians, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs who show how music can positively impact people's lives.Matthew Bernstein

Included in the book are interviews with (among many others) Gene Simmons, Chaka Khan, Dave Wakeling and Riker Lynch talking about how they got their starts. Further, “Music Soothes the Soul” offers a peek backstage from musicians who play with Carlos Santana, Beyoncé and Prince.

The book also shares information about how nonprofits like Road Recovery and Guitars Not Guns help at-risk youth find emotional strength through making music.

Bernstein, who plays the piano and guitar, also sings in school choirs, as well as the Pacific Youth Choir.