Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New York Memories

It’s not easy to condense an action-packed New York tour into a blog post or two. As a person who writes for teens, probably the most relevant discussion is about the kids. I was so impressed.

There was no drama, spats, or intra-group resentment.

The kids were polite and considerate.

Before we left on the trip, several of the kids downloaded the music from Newsies and Once so they’d get the most out of the performance.

When my group of boys got tired of shopping in Manhattan, we found a coffee shop. They took out the sheet music they’d purchased earlier and began to study it, tapping out complicated rhythms and discussing guitar chord fingerings.

The 9/11 Memorial moved everyone, even though the kids are too young to remember much about the actual event. 

When asked to perform at the Apollo Theater, several soloists and small groups volunteered to sing – without time to rehearse. 

The picture shows Jeremy and me eating cannoli at a Bleecker Street café, something I’ve wanted to do since I first heard Joni Mitchel sing Tin Angel. While searching for the YouTube link, I also found Bleecker Street by Simon and Garfunkel.  


Lori said...

So cool! Glad you had a great time. Perhaps a good locale for a future writing retreat? Ha! Too much to LOOK at. :-)

TimInMich said...

Happy people! What a delightful picture. It looks and sounds like it was a memorable trip with stellar young people. Thanks for sharing ...