My shoes, my shoes,
My colorful shoes,
Covered in greens
And reds and blues.
They’re a little big
So I can wiggle my toes,
The stripes match almost
All of my clothes.
I can go biking,
Walking and hiking,
I can play basketball,
Run down the hall,
That’s why I like these shoes
Most of all.
Happy poetry month! This is a poem I wrote for my Language Arts class about shoes. We’ve been writing poems all month and it is just delightful!
We have our annual Dream Flags celebration coming up soon, where the whole school gets together to write and speak aloud poetry. It’s been one of my favorite things to do ever since 6th grade when I first learned about it once I started middle school. Too bad, though, this year neither the chorus or the band is performing in it, as the school has decided to focus entirely on poetry, and I can’t blame them for that. I wonder how it’s all going to play out this year. Also, I’ve heard rumours that if it’s too hot, we’re going to do it inside the gym. But, I don’t really think that’s a good idea, because then we won’t be able to see the poems hanging outside in the breeze, like they’re meant to be.
There were two parts to Dream Flags for me: the Night Performance and the Daytime one. I’ll start with the night one.
On April 30th at 6:00, it was rather nice outside, perfect for a band concert. Symphonic Band and the Beginning Chorus were the only groups performing that night. My band played Wind Chimes (UGH!), Cyrstal Moon, The Tempest, and The Rainbow Connection. The Beginning Chorus, that my brother was in, sang Fireflies by Owl City and this really get-stuck-in-your-head-song called Everlasting Melody. Nothing really exciting happened at the night one.
Much, MUCH more on the other hand, though, the Daytime performance on May 1st was not that good…
First off, the two groups performing at this one were the Symphonic Band again and my advanced Chorus, the Soaring Voices. So I had to keep running back and forth between the two and tripping on all of the wires that went to the speakers and microphones because the setlist went band chorus band chorus band chorus like eight times!!. Secondly, we had to perform three separate times: 1st, 2nd, and 6th period, which I admit would be the best times to have it since those are my least favorite classes. Except for the fact it was like 90 degrees all day!!! By the second performance, everyone was sweating like pigs in a bacon factory! I could just feel myself getting a huge sunburn, which thank goodness turned into an awesome tan after the next few days. With all of the heat it made the chorus and the band sound hideous. So hideous that in the third perfomance, band had to cut out two of their songs since nobody was playing them right at all. My chorus sung (sang??) How Can I Keep From Singing, DreamKeeper, and Seasons of… LO-O-O-O-O-OVE!!!!! The best part of the whole, entire performance was seeing Mrs. Woods, Ashton Woods, and this other lady do their annual poetry dream-themed rap thang. Wow it was absolutely spectacular and beautiful. Finally, I got to hear a ton of my buddies who got picked read out their Dream Flags poems. All of them were really good, especially one of the ESE kids’ poems about how when he grows up he’s going to run a barbeque restaurant and help save all of our town!
Since I have Chorus 7th period, right after Dream Flags, I got to help put all of the risers and stands and equipment away. After that, my whole class made a huge line that wrapped around the room twice to get to the water fountain. That was pretty much my Dream Flags Ceremony for this year and boy, I can’t wait for next year!
What I hate about this year’s Dream Flag poems is that my teacher, Mrs. Lee told us that our poems had to be 15 lines long! To me, I think that is very long. But, that might be because I usually just write haikus. You know, they’re only 3 lines long. I did a haiku for last year’s poem in Mrs. Bauer’s class and it got the message across perfectly. Much better than any long, drony, poem that I could have written. I wanted to share my poem for this year with all you people out there, though. Please tell me what you think!
Dreams inspire us
to do things
we never thought we could
A little voice
inside our heads
saying that we should
what we’ve always wanted to
ourselves, open and free
our opinions loud and strong
what we’ve worked for all along
Everything starts with a dream
Over the past week, we have gotten two new pieces of music,
Crystal Moon and
I really like Cyrstal Moon because it’s really fast and marching-band sounding. Processional, in case you haven’t heard the name, is the song they play at college or high school graduation. In our case, it will be for 8th grade graduation.
We also have at least three concerts coming up,
Dream Flags Ceremony–Our night performance is April 30th and our daytime one is May 1st. It’s a big deal at my school, so they have it twice.
8th Grade Graduation–The name says all that I know about it.
A Spring Concert?–I’ve only heard rumours about some sort of “Spring Concert”.
Finally, one of my 3rd clarinet buddies has earned the honor of being able to play a bass clarinet! It’s so cool!
Lots of things have been happening lately in chorus.
1) We are going to the MPA’s!!!!!
2) We’ve got some new music:
2.1 Gloria Festiva
2.2 Ubi Caritas
3) Mrs. Horne will be singing (and playing on the piano) the Phantom of the Opera!!!!!!!!!!!
4) We are participating in the Dream Flags Ceremony!!! And we will be singing…
Seasons of Love (from RENT)!!!!!!!