Wednesday, May 18

Cyber Gems: This Video has Zero Views

I have an amazingly good (not that I'm bragging) cyber gym. A hidden gem. This video has been viewed zero times. You are impressed. I'm like one of those guys whose favorite band has never played outside of their basement. Well, this band has played outside of their basement. Actually it's an orchestra. And actually they played outside my library, so it's not like I was digging so hard to find these hidden geniuses. But nonetheless, I have a gem I want to share!

This is the Allentown School District City Orchestra and the reason I'm posting it here is not necessarily because they're the greatest musicians in the world (sorry, kids, but we all know that the greatest musician in the world is my dog --hidden secondary gem!). The reason I want to share this video is just because I think there are few things in the world cuter than kids playing classical music. And Allentown is sort of a rough place so the fact that these kids make space in their lives for violins and cellos and so on is wonderful to me. It makes me smile every time I see them trucking downtown with their unwieldy instrument cases. It makes me optimistic even, for the future.

Yet you will not be surprised to learn that this program is fighting for its life as the school district suffers through another round o' budget cuts.

I don't want to go on a diatribe (who am I kidding? Of course I do...) but we *need* arts in schools. We need music in schools. We need to tell kids that this stuff is important, that there is more to life than the ugliness we often see around. We need to let them know that we care enough about their future that we don't mind investing in them, even if we're going broke and even if they aren't the greatest musicians in the world (sorry, kids). This orchestra makes me smile more than any professional orchestra (with the possible exception of the London Punkharmonic Orchestra -- 3rd bonus gem!)

Rock on, Allentown.


Wendy Toliver said...

Loved the video! Goes well while crunching a bowl full of Frosted Flakes. :) And heck yeah on keeping the arts in the schools.

Amanda Ashby said...

Awesome (and I noticed that not one of them cheated like I used to when I played the flute at school and would simply hold it away from my mouth so no one would know that I had screwed it all up!)