Ever had one of those moments where everything just seems to fall into place and the end result encourages a students in a way you never thought possible?
A couple of years ago, while on a bus on the way to camp, I notices a boy writing in a journal at the back of the bus. I would never have connected Brian (who has a very complex, challenging background) with writing so I asked what he was doing. “I’m writing a song”.
I was a bit surprised (to say the least) so I asked to see what he’d written. Despite the fact that I struggled to get Brian to write anything much in class, he’d put down some deep thoughts as lyrics to a song. As I dug a bit deeper, I discovered he wrote lyrics quite a bit and had several completed songs. But he didn’t know how to put them to music.
Aah… connection made.
My son, Hayden, writes a lot of music. So the challenge was set: if Brian finished the lyrics, I promised to send them to Hayden to see what he might come up with.
The end result was a great collaboration and a very cool end result. Brian was thrilled to see his lyrics come to life and become ‘real’.
That was a couple of years ago. The two have collaborated a couple of times now and Brian is developing into a very skilled lyricist, expressing much of the unique elements of his life in this way.
Right place. Right time. Right connection.
And, maybe, a life shaped and transformed.