KT has spent the last 8 days in band camp. Today is the final performance and I can't wait to see how he's grown as a drummer. I've always known that music would be a part of his world. My dad is a singer. He sang in a male's gospel group when I was growing up. He is also a great self taught drummer. I grew up singing in the choir and have always had a deep love for music.
Last night he was watching videos on YouTube. He'll watch drummers, music groups we enjoy perform and songs he hears in church. The kid has a gift. He introduced me to Maroon 5, Coldplay, Canton Jones and One Republic. In 3rd grade became a fan of Duke Ellington thanks to his teacher, Mrs. Cornelius. He would listen to his one cd repeatedly. He will not go to bed without music or an audiobook playing on repeat. Yes, repeat. Do you know how many times I've heard Monster's Inc?!? A lot.
During his rehearsal class at camp Wednesday the instructor who also happens to be my co-worker and my school site's Band Director showed this video.
So many lessons here. For me, it was special because I'm going through a period of a major dream being on hold. This young lady's dream was delayed but not denied. In the end she was able to shine just as she had envisioned. I'm still holding on to my dream. I'm going to keep shining in the rain...strike that I'm going to dance. I don't have hair to worry about, lolol.
How special to me as a mother that my son found it moving enough to share with me. I asked him what he learned. He stated, "You can still be different and be a good person. You should just be yourself". I think he is beginning to understand that being a musician is a craft that requires dedication, practice, a lot of time, commitment and honesty. We've had some trouble with this in the beginning when he first entered band.
Music is such a universal language and can be used to teach valuable nuggets. I can't stress enough how important it is to expose our kids to a variety of things. It doesn't matter that I'm a single mom. Band is expensive but there are ways to get it done. Rent an instrument. Borrow cds from the library. Check out books about musicians and instruments from your local library. Ask a musician at your local House of Worship or college student who is studying music to give private lessons. The rates are much cheaper than a music school. Take your child to free concerts in your area. KT and I are frequenters of CBN, a free fountain-side concert series. We go when they aren't playing our preferred genre of music. The plus is the experience. Who knows where this love will lead us, him.
What do you think of this video?