It was truly a night to remember. But, let me back up and tell you how it came about. Kalen’s 4th grade teacher, Aaron, teaches his class a new song each week. The songs vary in genre, but always have some type of connection with what the class may be studying, a period in history, or just a song that means a lot to Aaron. Aaron has many instruments in his classroom. He pulls out his guitar and will play simple chords to the song of the week, leading the kids after lunchtime in a time of community building singing. Two of the songs Aaron has happened to teach the kids this year were sung by two of Aaron’s favorite bluegrass and folksy musicians, Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien. Aaron knew these two musicians were coming to Raleigh this January and decided to send some emails and see if there was any way to join forces. Well, Tim and Darrell invited Aaron’s class (from last year and this year) to go sing with them on stage in front of a sold out crowd at the Fletcher Opera Theatre in Raleigh! The invitation alone was a huge deal as these two musicians have won a Grammy and written songs for lots of folks. Tim and Darrell were excited about what these kids were doing in their class with music and the fact that last year, Aaron’s class raised money and made their classroom solar powered. The kids were invited to sing Paradise and Keep Your Dirty Lights On, both songs that they had learned this year.
Our family was so delighted to accompany Kalen to this event. We met up with the class and excitement was in the air.
Down below you will see the kids just before their first time on stage, before the sound check. Now, if you remember, I said that the kids would be performing in front of a sold out crowd. So, we couldn’t sit in the audience during the show. But, we were able to watch the sound check/warm-up and we were able to stand on the side of the stage while our kids performed.
Now, here they all are on stage with Tim and Darrell. Tim is the gentleman facing the kids on the left, then there is Darrell in the red plaid shirt on the right. Our Kalen is front and center beside the girl in the pinkish purple pants.
During this long sound check period, I sat there and just had tears falling from my face. It was one of those parent moments when you look up at your kid and you are overcome with emotion. The music was just amazing. The joy on the kids faces was so pure and sweet.
So, pardon the recording at the first start of this clip. I was focusing on Kalen only. I actually do get Tim and Darrell in the shot after awhile. 🙂
Kalen was looking up at the lights in amazement. 🙂
We took a break after the warm-up and went to ZPizza in downtown Raleigh. They have great vegan pizza! We basically filled their whole place.
I love this photo below. Kalen is looking up to Aaron just before they head out on stage. Aaron is giving the kids encouragement and setting his expectations for them.
So, Scott, Julian, Madelyn, Brayden and I, (along with several other proud parents) were hiding out here on the side watching our kids perform. Tears were streaming.