In 1986 Sam Baker was on a train to Machu Picchu in Peru when a bomb went off, killing several people around him and leaving him deaf with a cut artery and collapsed lungs. After 15 reconstructive surgeries Baker has his hearing back, and found music as a way to heal. In today’s interview you can hear him play the songs that helped him get through. Baker tells Fresh Air how the experience changed him:

"I went through so many surgeries and I was around so many people who were in such terrible pain and in worse shape than I was. Yeah, something changed. One thing that changed was the sense that all suffering is universal. That we suffer, you suffer, that we all do … me, especially what I learned was empathy and the faith that I got was the faith in us as a group, as humans."