The first sentence in one of my favorite unpublished stories that I’ve ever written is, “The secret to peace on earth is music.”
Music is not perfection.
Music is not performance.
Music is not objective.
Music is all of the emotions, especially the ones too hard for words to express.
Music is a discipline, a practice, a story, a lifestyle.
Music is a conversation.
For the entirety of her life, Kaylea has loved music with every fiber of her being.
She is preparing to share this love with future generations so they may feel and express their emotions, so they can converse with musicians across time, so they can contribute their voices and songs.
Unfortunately, a large part of our culture has grown tone-deaf. We label music as elective curriculum, are quick to defund it, and don’t realize how traditional ways of teaching music discourages students from participating.
Kaylea understands these challenges and is strong enough to do something about it.
Music can change the world.
To catch a glimpse of this world changer, you are invited to Ellis Hall on the campus of Missouri State University this Sunday at 1:30 to celebrate Kaylea’s senior recital.
I don’t expect a perfect performance.
I expect her to share her passion and story in song.
Those who hear it will not soon forget it.