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Monday, April 28, 2008

There is Hope- The Power of Music and PS22

Well just when you spend far too many days reading blogs and start to believe that all hope is lost and the world is on an express train to Hell, you encounter a speed bump that makes you believe that we might just have a chance. So here is a YouTube video that doesn't display people acting a fool, mocking or humiliating others. I am not a Tori Amo fan. Never heard this song before. Actually spent far too much time trying to deconstruct it.

I gave up and decided to just listen and look at the faces of the kids as they sing and the power of music to touch the soul. That is what drives me nuts about music today. It could be so powerful in some way other than fulfilling the masturbatory dreams of a tiny group of people. Maybe that is why it has been corrupted, to keep music from talking about something as wild and crazy at the fact that you could live a life without limits.

These children are from the chorus of PS22. The chorus is made up of a group of fifth graders. They have their own blog and if you ever have one of those days when you can't take another story about foolishness, carnage and utter stupidity, it is a nice change of pace.

I work with the PS22 chorus, an incredible bunch of NYC public school 5th graders! The chorus has performed all over New York, and have gained quite a following on the internet, particularly with Tori Amos fans. They've sung with Tori, Judy Torres, Lena, and have also performed for Marcia Gay Harden, Matthew Modine, CNN's Paula Zahn, Senator Charles Schumer, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. PS22 Chorus

I posted a comment on their blog asking about donations. There is a fund set up by a private group and you can donate to the fund, but they don't advertise it on the internet. You can email the teacher directly for any info.

A little reminder that all school children aren't carrying steak knives, handcuffs and paper weights to school. There is hope.