I honestly never thought it would come to this.
If you had told me twenty or even ten years ago that I would have to actively fight to ensure my child access to the same music education I enjoyed, I would have thought you were Chicken Little.
Be of service. You are taking your degree into a society dominated by concentrated poverty and a vulnerable middle class, a society where it is harder to pay for education, harder to find a job, harder to buy a house and harder to hold onto those things even if you manage to get them. You are entering adulthood during a period of mass incarceration and near constant war. There is a lot for you to do. Service is the rent you pay for the space you take up on the earth, and as a relatively privileged American you take up a lot of space. We are the most consuming, polluting, wasteful nation on earth. So your rent is steep. Pay it with service.
Time lapse video of OKC tornado demonstrating, once again, just how awesome and yet, terrifying tornadoes are.
Our hearts grieve for the loss of such an incredible and inspiring young man, but rejoice knowing that he is free to soar, no longer confined to the weight of this world.
Zach Sobiech, you have brightened our lives by the way you lived yours and sharing with us your music. When we look up to the clouds, we will be reminded by your spirit. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Rest in peace.
I bought his whole album. Go watch this from Upworthy. So worth it. http://www.upworthy.com/this-kid-just-died-what-he-left-behind-is-wondtacular-rip
The government is cutting music programmes in schools and slashing Arts grants as gleefully as a morbidly American kid in Baskin Robbins. So if only to stick it to the man, isn’t it worth fighting back in some small way? So write your damn book. Learn a Chopin prelude, get all Jackson Pollock with the kids, spend a few hours writing a Haiku. Do it because it counts even without the fanfare, the money, the fame… .
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