I’m with the band

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000149 EndHTML:0000002291 StartFragment:0000000199 EndFragment:0000002257 StartSelection:0000000199 EndSelection:0000002257 In life, it’s that one extra degree of effort that separates the good from the great. At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. The one extra degree makes all the difference. Adam Lambert clearly has demonstrated this difference in his life and still does… “

There comes that moment, the tipping point where the impossible becomes possible, where the truth of what is going to happen is irrisistable and it movess, like an oyster slips from the shell, unstopable, smooth, like destiny. A few weeks ago this wasn’t going to happen. It was too big, too much. When I came to donate I remember hesitating. There was more than $10 000 left to raise. “What’s the point?” I wondered. It’s not going to complete and there are other projects that will. But I took a step of faith. I choose to belive that maybe, all of us together could do something magical. And now here were are. There is band where before there was only an empty closet.

I remember my own experience with band. I remember we had a whole wall of instruments, with cubies stacked so high you needed a ladder to get to some of them. I remember taking a flute home that first day, and clumsy fingers on slippery silver keys. I remember pressing down, breathing deep, concentrating and…… E flat. A beginning. The first step on a long musical jourey. High school was not a welcoming place for me, but in band, I had a place. I practiced and I was pretty good. My fingers did what I asked them to, my breath was sure. In band I could add my note to the chorus and not be rejected for it.

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