Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based organization with national affiliates dedicated to music education for youth in low-income communities, has been recognized as one of the most effective arts-based youth interventions in the nation. The Spirit of Harmony Foundation is proud to be a partner in their live-changing efforts. Students involved in Harmony Project programs wrote heartfelt essays about their experiences as part of a scholarship competition. The staff of Harmony Project has shared them with us, and from time to time Music In A Word will post several of them. Photos are courtesy of Harmony Project and are not necessarily the authors of the essay in which they appear — AM.
I first started Harmony Project when I was about seven years old. I had no idea whatmusic was, no idea what a musician was, and no idea what the long silver stick…
This is a nice ending to a horrible story last week about Cyclone Pam, a category 5 cyclone that swept across several Pacific Island countries before hitting Vanuatu. Lessons to learn from the Melanesian villagers.
Destruction in a village on Togoa Island, Vanuatu.
Reuters reported that villagers in Vanuatu buried food and fresh water as one of the strongest storms on record bore down on them, fleeing to churches, schools and even coconut drying kilns as 300 kph winds and massive seas tore their flimsy houses to the ground.
Despite reports of utter devastation six days after Cyclone Pam pummelled the Pacific island nation, Vanuatu appears to be providing something of a lesson in how to survive a category 5 storm.
The United Nations says the official death toll is 11. Many officials anticipate that number will rise once they are able to more thoroughly inspect the outer islands…
A call for quality over quantity on the internet. Free content is killing quality. Everyone likes a freebie now and then that is fine from time to time but it should never be the norm here’s why
If we get everything for free we lose our self-respect & dignity & lose sight of what is truly valuable.
Quality in all things within our society has been diminishing over the generations if we look back we can see the historical evidence of this, where craftmenship, skill and experience have become more & more undermined in the name of knocking things out as cheaply as possible in large numbers to supply the demand to the extent that the markets becomes so saturated things can’t even be given away; even FREE is losing it’s impact to excite – the price of progress or extreme madness?
With the loss of quality inspiration diminishes, creativity diminishes, true talent diminishes, over-saturation occurs and apathy sets in, a sense of boredom & diminished attention takes over, then people switch off & no-one benefits.
Human suffering is increased significantly, slave labour is abound, people not being able to afford to live or even afford to cover their basic needs is very prevalent in our modern world.
Thankfully there are a growing number of people who are recognising this and who are as fed up as we are of the situation. There are many things in life which we can’t control but this is something we can control & work together to change hopefully things have reached rock bottom now & the tide is turning.