Here are two great quotes on the power of words and books and poetry and stories:

"If what I say resonates with you, it's merely because we are both branches of the same tree."
- W. B. Yeats

"Books allow us to enter imaginatively into someone else's life. And when we do that, we learn to sympathize with other people. But the real surprise is that we also learn truths about ourselves, about our own lives, that somehow we hadn't been able to see before."
- Katherine Paterson

Are you looking for another great musician? Check out Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez. I just discovered him but he's been playing and recording for years.