The great actress, dancer, choreographer Debbie Allen, once rhetorically exclaimed “You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying. With sweat.”
In the Frederic March remake, A Star is Born, Barbra Streisand croons: Love, soft as an easy chair from the song Evergreen. In the film, Streisand’s costar Kris Kristofferson follows the journey of self-cide, inciting the memory of the “Sunday morning sidewalk wishing lord that he is stoned” from the award winning song “Sunday Mornin Comin Down.”
At the core of these scenarios is the impetus: the connector-rhythm of the music.
Mariah Carey, Usher, the artist formerly known as Prince; all epitomize our human absorption with musi; as music is the catalyst that taps into our endorphins. Music gets to our endorphins faster than any other stimulant, and variation of music exponentially yield an inestimable variations of neural return.
The 2008 remake of Fame, elicited no great reviews. yet, the theme of music within our souls still effectively stands as the core issue.
Tony Bennett, the great vocalist, pays homage to the rhythm of the soul with his extraordinarily effective performing arts high school: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School. Picture his honer vocally massaging the lyrics of “My Way”.
Such schools for the arts enhance society’s need to relax. Music is heard throughout our bodies. Musical sound enters our ears and is translated to the tapping toe sparked by the sound.
Yet, is it schooling that leads to the musical artist? Or, is it heritage? Prince, the accomplished musician, composer and singer is the child of a musician father and a vocalist mother.
Singer Mariah Carey is born from a vocalist mom. When her mother realized that Mariah could sing, she started coaching her in voice from age 3.
This reveals that the transmission of the culture of music takes many forms.
Flutist Catherine DeRenzies was also born of musicians. Like her pianist mother, she was also a student of piano. Yet it was her elementary school band Director who awakened her love for the flute. Her enrollment at the North Carolina School of the Arts led her to the Applause Program which translated to symphony orchestra performances while still a student.
Her life choices have made her an ambassador for music. When she tours she brings music to children who have no instruments. They have no exposure to the sound that stir the toe in our culture. As such she becomes the cultural agent. She is the awakening force.
She introduces the culture of Debbie Allen, Barbra Streisand, and Kris Kristofferson. So, is there sweat equity? Yes. Is fame an outcome of musical effort and training? Perhaps. And most certainly, Stars are Born because we are wired for music.
Delia Armstrong Busby is an award winning educator and former school board member. Contact at 719-375-5008