Earlier this year I wrote a song. It was called “Just Chase Your Star.” I wrote the lyrics, vocal melody and the piano arrangement.
My school’s fifth-grade spring concert was coming up, so I walked up to my music teacher, Mrs. Amy Dank, and sang and played my song for her. She was beyond amazed with my song and said she would think about having my song performed at the concert.
I walked out proud, and I had a huge feeling of accomplishment. A few weeks later, our chorus was singing at Stony Brook University. We sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” right before the game started. Mrs. Dank walked up to me after finishing conducting the song. She said, “I played your song in the car for my family the other day, and we all just can’t stop singing it. I decided this song needs to be shared with the world, so we are doing the song for the concert.”
She smiled and I skipped all the way to the car talking to my dad about all the endless possibilities. Another song that we had sung was “This Is Me.” I had also been inspired by that song, in addition to my parents' passion for music.
We started rehearsals shortly after that day. I worked with Mrs. Dank every week during recess to arrange the harmony part for the chorus.
At the performance, I played the piano and Mrs. Dank conducted. I got a standing ovation, and I couldn’t believe what I had just experienced. The chorus sounded amazing, and they were really feeling the music. This is a memory I will never forget.
Watch the video: nwsdy.li/chaseyourstar
Javan Howard’s writers workshop students, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, Wheatley Heights