Music always makes me emotional, but something about choral music always seems to “widen” my soul and brings everything in its place. I think it’s the angels’ music of choice and the earth echoes back.
Tonight was the end-of-the-year choral concert at Lakeland Christian School. That school has been the longest relationship that I’ve had with any community. I’ve known some of these teachers for all my life. I was blessed with a part-time piano teaching job there this semester, and I’ve been able to save money and get ready to move to Nashville.
It finally hit me tonight, that this is the end. I graduated from Lakeland Christian in 2009, and attended and graduated college here in Lakeland. It never really felt like I had ever left, except for my short and life-changing stay at the Contemporary Music Center last Spring. I’ve had a “taste” of my future, but not quite the whole thing yet. In only 5 weeks, I will be driving north to Music City, to start this new life. I won’t get to see special people like my piano teacher of 12 years, and mentor for even longer than that, my grandparents, my parents, my brother, my friends I’ve had since middle school or earlier. This HUGE page is about to flip, and I have no idea what will be on the other side!
All of these people have shaped me, taught me, loved me, and have encouraged me in this path that I am on. God has given me a few moments of clarity these past few months, how he truly is guiding me and fulfilling the desires of my heart.
Thank you Mom, for singing to me all sorts of songs since I was born. Thank you for always singing and performing, and showing me how important music is, and how fun it is. Thank you for giving me the gift of music.
Thank you, Mrs. Latham, for pushing me to be the best I can be. For dedicating your extra time to make sure I learn and grow as a musician and as a person.
Thank you, to all of my grandparents who came to every show, every concert, every recital, and always cheered me on.
Thank you to all of my friends, old and new, who are always so encouraging and loving.
Thank you to my parents (all three) who always make sure I know the important things that no one else would tell me. Those nuts and bolts in life that I don’t know yet.
I love you. I love you more than anything. Thank you. Thank you so much.