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SONG SPOTLIGHT: Forbidden Drive
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SONG SPOTLIGHT: Forbidden Drive

May 10, 2019

“We will never, ever let go / Hold on to never, ever let go.”

-from “Forbidden Drive”
created by students from Hill-Freedman World Academy

Last week we had an amazing moment.

A team of LiveConnections’ artists was working on the final push to produce a new album with our great partner Hill-Freedman World Academy, a Philly public high school.

And at 4:45pm last Tuesday afternoon, 11 people — 9 students, LiveConnections teaching artist Luke Carlos O’Reilly, and the school principal Tony Majewski — crammed into a hallway to rehearse a song that students had written with the principal.

It’s a love song, full of tenderness and optimism: “We will never, ever let go / Hold on to never, ever let go.”

Most of the school had gone home, but these young people and their principal were so focused — vulnerable, heartfelt, inspired.

There was soulful singing. There was connection. There was celebration.

That’s the power of learning through music.


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