Friday, January 11, 2008

Chorus: Generations....


Recently, I was happily surprised to be contacted by one of my favorite students from way back in the day -- the school year of 1998-1999 at P.S.60 to be precise, when and where I started my teaching career. Andrew Canlon always had a phenomenal voice, and was a soloist at his graduation. These days he's taking his talent to a whole new level. At 19 years old, Andrew has been writing and recording some phenomenal music with his band, O'Canlon. Andrew was kind enough to send me his band's CD, titled "VALOR". The title track (and the entire CD) blew me away! I felt it would be a perfect song for the chorus to cover. So today, I recorded the chorus performing "Valor" after only 3 rehearsals. They sound incredible, and we're cautiously optimistic that Andrew and his bandmates will approve of our rendition! We're looking forward to a possible visit from Andrew in June, and hopefully we'll be able to record a version with the man himself when the time comes. We thank Andrew for sharing this great song, and for being an inspiration for the entire chorus, including the director of course. Talk about life coming full circle....

In the meantime, here is the song "Valor" as performed by the PS22 Chorus:

27 comments:

Sandee said...

Oh my goodness... I didn't know my son Justin would be singing a little solo there... Brought tears to my eyes...Mr B you are truly an amazing teacher and I thank you very much... I have seen most of the videos and I cry everytime I hear your childrens sing...
Thank You PS 22 for having a wonderful amazing music teacher..

Sandee

MARIANNE said...

I LOVE IT JUSTIN IS SOO CUTE SINGING HIS SOLO, I KNOW MOM AND DAD ARE PROUD OF JUSTIN...

Mr. B said...

Thanks so much! Justin is amazing and did a phenomenal job. My former student who wrote "Valor" was incredibly psyched about the chorus and Justin's version of his song. And I'm happy to see Justin coming into his own! He's a great kid, as his sister!

Cassie Peters said...

What a gorgeous song... and of course, my nephew, Justin, was wonderful singing his little solo. The rest of the PS 22 Chorus was amazing as well! It's so refreshing to see a music teacher that is so open and willing to have their kids spread their wings. As a musician myself, it gives me hope that the children are part of something monumental - and that someone hasn't forgotten the beauty of music and encourages their students to fly.

Cassie Peters

Mr. B said...

Thank you Cassie for all your kind words! Glad to hear talent and love of music runs in the family! You ought to be proud indeed -- you have the greatest niece and nephew!!

trackgirl1 said...

Oh my God, the children's voices were so amazing. I've never heard any choir, including adults,sound that clear and harmonious. Justine's little solo was so good. May Go continue to bless you all.


Rose&Makeda

Mr. B said...

awesome compliment!! thanks rose & madeka!!!

MY-MOUNA said...

MR.B WHEN MY SISTER GOT YOUR MESSAGE SHE SAID''YYYYYYYYYAAAAAYYYY''




LOVE MY-MOUNA

Mr. B said...

YAY-MOUNA!!!

:)

MY-MOUNA said...

MY SISTER SAID IT WAS ''IT WAS AICHA NOT

MAIMOUNA''



LOVE,
MY-MOUNA

Mr. B said...

now i'm getting confused.....

:)

Anonymous said...

YABADABADOODA MR.B





LOVE MY-MOUNA

Mr. B said...

And Scoobydoobydoobydoo2youtoo!

:)

MY-MOUNA said...

SHE SAID YOU SHOULD HAVE PUT YAY-AICHA





LOVE MY-MOUNA

Mr. B said...

Yeah, Aich-ould'a thought of that!

:)

my-mouna said...

your just making jokes today huh? remeber fatou i'm at her house i won't her for a long time because she's going off to college next term so i'm making the most of the time i have with her. your lucky i'm here typing to you instead of beining on my journey to manhattan love,
my-mouna

Mr. B said...

oh wow! tell fatou i say a big hello! so proud to hear that she's going to college next year!

:)

ABDMOUNA said...

HEY MR.B HELLLLLO IM LOOKING FOWARD TO THE NEXT CHORUS PRACTICE BYE PS.DONT FORGET ABOUT ME TRYING OUT FOR THE SOLO!
BY THE WAY MAIMOUNA SAYS- THE TAPE FOR MAYA'S MOM AND ARE YOU PICKING US UP ON TUESDAY?
PEACE FROM ABDMOUNA

A BOY said...

BY THE WAY ABDUMOUNA IS ME AND MAIMOUNA POSTING COMENTS





FROM ABDULAYE PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. B said...

hey abdouna (very clever...),

yes, of course we're having chorus tomorrow. how else are we going to learn the song?? looking forward to hearing you abdulaye!!

:)

Mr. B said...

hey abdulaye! you did a great job on your solo audition. work on the things that i told you, and we'll see! by the way, i didn't print your message cuz you should never put your phone number out there on the internet. you don't ever want to give out personal information on this website or any other. that's for your own safety. k, super-buddy?

:)
Mr. B

later buddy!
:)

ANGELICA.RODRIGUEZ said...

OMG! JUSTIN SOUNDS SO GOOD!I NEVER KNEW HOW GOOD HE SOUNDED BUT I THINK HE MIGHT AS WELL HAVE A BIGGER SOLO!

Mr. B said...

justin's awesome indeed, angelica! you're amazing yourself... :)

angelica rodriguez said...

OH ,THANKS MR.B YOUR SO SWEET!YOU REALLY A GREAT MUSIC TEACHER!

Mr. B said...

thanks angelica! i missed you guys this week! :)

angelica rodriguez said...

hi you know you really need to post up the song valor with justin and angela!

Mr. B said...

hehe! you'll have to wait until i get back from puerto rico and we're back to school! i have to film you guys again with both angela and justin singing! miss you!! :)