MUSIC SAVED HER. NOW SHE WANTS TO PASS ALONG THAT GIFT When Melina Garcia’s mother left their native Venezuela for a chance at a better life in the United States, she could not afford to bring her two daughters along. Melina was 13, lonely and confused. Her parents had just divorced. She remembered that in happier times, the background to her life was the classical music her mother loved and would play every day on the family’s record player.