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Plato woman’s songwriting published on compact disc

When she lost her stepfather in 2010, Diane Kohn of Plato turned to writing as a way to grieve. Just a few years later, what started as therapy has transformed into published songwriting.
Kohn’s song, “If Only I Had One More Chance,” was recently published on HillTop Record’s album “The Best of HillTop.” This is the fifth song that Kohn has had published. Her other songs are “Jesus is the Answer You’re Looking For” and “Mustard Seed Faith” on the album “Heaven is My Home” and “Lord, I Will Rest in You” and “Precious Savior, Will You Take My Hand” on the album “Glory.”
The recent album is a compilation of music that represents HillTop Records, located in Hollywood, including country, contemporary, jazz and Spanish songs. Kohn’s contribution is a funeral song.
“It’s really a goodbye song to the love of your life,” she said.
The lyrics were inspired by tragic events in Kohn’s life both past and present, including the recent death of her mother-in-law and the death of her own mother in 2006.   
“I typically feel the events of life probably deeper than most people,” she said. “I just wrote the words I felt led to write.”
For Kohn, writing is a process that happens over time. Songs often develop in pieces, with words coming to her as she moves through her daily life.
“Through the process you start piecing it all together,” Kohn said. “Then something will happen in life and you’ll get the rest of the words.”

For more, see the July 8 print edition of The Chronicle.