Last night, Joe and I attended a music program where we listened to our favorites. And if you know us….you know our favorites are quite different. For me, there were pop songs, Broadway show tunes….and even a barbershop-style quintet.
For Joe…..there was classic and progressive jazz and Latin beats ……and the music of Herbie Hancock and Chuck Mangione.
And to make the evening even better……the event was embellished with decadent desserts and good company.
Now Joe’s response to good live music is usually loud and sometimes even thunderous. Joe hoots…..and he howls…and he lets out a super loud and super annoying trill whistle. Joe’s trill whistle will hit your ear canal with the most unpleasant vibrations……kinda like nails on a chalkboard or maybe more like a siren signaling a nuclear plant’s melt down.
Luckily for me, though, Joe was toned down last night…..maybe because of the venue. Cause if Joe had yelled to the horn players in Jack Kerouac fashion, “Go, Go!….or maybe “Blow, Man, Blow!!”…… he might have been removed from the cafeteria.
So are you wondering where this awesome night of diverse music happened? Or where this night of Joe suppressing his hoots and whistles took place??
Well, you might be surprised……..We weren’t at a bar or a festival. Instead, we were at the Sweet Treats and Beats performances at Jake’s high school, where he performed with the percussion section of the orchestra, drumming on 5 gallon pails and he also played with the school’s jazz lab. The event allowed visitors to stroll through the school, with various stops to enjoy group and solo instrumental and vocal performances.
Now, many celebs have been touting the benefits of music education for a good many years. Gloria Estefan and the Save the Music Foundation, plus folks like the members AeroSmith and Bootsy Collins and Macklemore….they have all said the same thing…….that kids who participate in music programs do better in school, score higher on standardized tests, have better critical thinking and leadership skills, and even work more cooperatively in groups.
So in the interest of supporting the arts and music in public school…..I want to share a few of my favorite quotes on music and music education….
“I always loved music. Who so has this skill is of good temperament, fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools. A schoolmaster ought to have skill in music, or I would not regard him.” -Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Revolution and medieval Rabble Rouser, stirring thing up circa 1500
“Music is an essential part of everything we do. Music has an abstract quality which
speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.”
-Jim Henson – film/television producer and puppeteer
“Music can change the world because it can change people. -Bono
“One good thing about music….when it hits you, you feel no pain.” –Bob Marley
“The only thing better than singing is more singing.” – Ella Fitzgerald
“One great rock show can change the world.” – Dewey, played by Jack Black in the music education comedy, School of Rock