My choir director informed my parents and I that the director of a recording group bythe name of the Soul of Children wanted me to sing for them in the upcoming month. This wasnews I would had never dreamed of receiving but my dream came up short when my parents
told me I wouldn’t be able to join because we we’re moving to North Carolina over the
summer. I can remember the feeling I had in my stomach that day and it was one of
disappointment, nervousness, and anger. I couldn’t believe my parents would take something
so special away from me just to move to a state we knew nothing about.
would listen to songs that reminded me of Chicago and the great experiences I had with mycommunity, friends, and family. Music became a form of release and closure for the all theanimosity I had for the upcoming situation I was about enter.
When I moved to North Carolina I had nothing in common with the other children
because singing wasn’t the “cool” thing to do at my new middle school
. I decided in order to
make friends I should continue instead of making progress within my music. Before I hadmoved to North Carolina I had put baseball on the back burner so my skills definite
what they used to be, so I came up short on making the team. This was a very disappointingtime in my life and the only thing I could resort to was music.
Every day I would go home andlock myself in my room and just si
ng until I couldn’t sing anymore because it was the only formof release that made me happy at the time. Eventually I didn’t care what my peers thought and
I joined the school choir once again. My choir mates made me feel welcome and secure, whichthis was the first time I had experienced this since I had moved to North Carolina. Music helpedme open up to new things and people
, which has become very significant to my literacy.
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