Wednesday, January 30, 2008
On a rainy evening last July, Clara and I sat in the assembly hall of the Kenilworth School and listened to performances by the school's Year 10 GCSE music students. These were students who had chosen music as one of their major areas of concentration as they entered the final and more specialized years of secondary education in Britain. At the end of this school year, Year 11, those students will take a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) exam in music. Some of the pieces we heard that evening were simply wild and rather formless experiments with the possibilities of GarageBand. Others, like an original piano piece by Will's friend Chloe, showed a real gift. I have to confess that I held my breath through most of Will's piece, a song he wrote called "Every Time." It was another amazing moment in a year full of amazing moments. He's put the song up on MySpace now; click the link and you should find it there (until Will removes it). Just don't tell him you heard about it here. He'll probably kill me for posting about it!
My poem " Phrasebook " has been published online in Ergon: Greek/American Arts and Letters .
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