Grade 6, The Grammar School, Putney, VT
“I love Northern traditional music from contra dances and fiddle music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, even Norway. I know some people don’t think of it as important music but it was important to the people who gave emotions to their songs. They found courage, joy and comfort in the simple tunes which have remained a part of their culture for hundreds of years.
Not every instrument is in tune, not everyone is at the same level of talent, some play a harmony part or drone, but it all comes together and sounds good. Even the stomping feet, clapping hands and dancers laughter create part of a great romping joy. This is the sound I am looking for. I want this piece to be a thank you to my grandparents, great grandparents, and all my ancestors who came from different countries, played different instruments and remembered the old songs. Each of them added something to the tune we call family and each gave a musical gift to me.”
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