If everything goes according to plan, at this point there are about 10 weeks left of this journey. I can hardly believe it. Time keeps on zooming by.
I did some calculations today, and I have worked with well over 1,000 students so far this year. The students have ranged from just 3 or 4 years old (Thailand) to 19 and 20 years old (Tanzania). I have worked with kids from the upper class, along with some students from very low income backgrounds. The students have come from all over the world, in 7 schools, across 3 continents, with two more schools still to go.
Together, we have written around 100 songs, some created mostly by me, some totally by the students themselves. Songs about love, loss, growing up, too much homework, graduation, cats, the beach, loosing a friend, world peace, and so much more.
It has been an honor and a great privilege for me to take on this project. And I am incredibly grateful to all of YOU for helping make this happen. To all of my backers on kickstarter, everyone who follows along with the blog, and all of the people I have met along the way that have given me rides, bought me lunch, hosted me in their homes, and shared their stories with me- please know that I appreciate you.
I have been thinking a lot lately about what is next for me and for this project. My dream is to bring songwriting and creative music making to even more students around the world, but I know that what I am doing now is not sustainable. I don’t have the skills and resources to maintain this alone, so as of right now I am working on figuring out if it is possible to grow this into something beyond just me, and how best to do so. This is something I believe in, and I know the potential is there, so I am excited to see what happens next.
Be on the lookout to updates about the final documentary coming out later this year. (There will be a trailer released too that I’m quite happy about). More to come soon!