Homeless elementary schoolers make new PEACE anthem
Lyndon Gray has talks with his students about everything from our political climate to family relationships. Each class the students pick a new topic to write or express themselves about. Normally, the sessions begin with rhyming exercises and vocabulary development. However, the past couple months Lyndon has had the opportunity to work with some extremely talented youth all between the ages 10-13 from the Family Resource Center at Chapman Partnership.
Chapman Partnership is homeless shelter providing a comprehensive support program that includes emergency housing, meals, health, dental and psychiatric care, day care, job training, job placement and assistance with securing stable housing. The students in the program check-in to the FRC (Family Resource Center) each day for after school activities. Mr. Gray volunteers at Chapman Partnership once a week on behalf of The Motivational Edge.
“This class blew me away. The PEACE song was all written by them, and they wrote and recorded the skeleton of the record in one class.”
Lyndon asked the students to come up with an acronym for the word PEACE: P is for Positivity, E is for excellence, A is for art, C is for confidence, and the last E is for energy. From there, the students created a musical masterpiece with lyrics that could inspire all ages.
The next few weeks, the students practiced this music, refined their delivery, and memorized their words. Excited at the progress the students made, Lyndon rewarded the students with a visit to a professional recording studio, Midtown Studios Miami.
With the assistance of South African super producer, Dskcova, the students recorded their song like pros at Midtown Studios. Not all of the students contribute to the song musically. One of the students, Russell, Lyndon calls his co-producer. He was the one youngest in the group, but as “co-producer” was Lyndon’s helping hand whenever he need him.
“The class before the studio session Russell asked me to bring him a shirt and tie because he’d never worn a tie before. He said that’s all he needed to feel like a boss like me. It felt great to know he was inspired by my professionalism.”
The PEACE song was an experience for these youth to share and create a bond that could hopefully last a lifetime. The song is one of a 3-part series where they will write songs about Peace, Love, and Unity. Stay tuned for the next Chapman Partnership hit! Brought to you by Eracist, Lyndon Gray and The Motivational Edge.