Espina: Thank you for the music (Part 2: Celebrations)

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Music has a healing, holding power. It keeps memories intact and connects people.

When I organized the Colegio de San Jose-Recoletos (CSJ-R) Little Theater (1964), then the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Dramatics and Cultural Ensemble (Drac) and Amparito L. Lhuillier (1973, expanded in 1996), I envisioned music as one of the unifying elements in learning. The lyrics of songs delineate certain elements of life and connect people.

For instance, one lyric poem of Edgar Allan Poe had its own melody (“Song To Celia”). The poem had lively, rustic music. Jerry Vale sang “How Do I Love Thee?,” a sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, then the theme song of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

This year, I wanted my birthday to be quiet and simple. But, my students, alumni and friends across the globe, greeted me with beautiful music.

So, how could I not be immersed in this joyous celebration of life?

Despite their tedious work, family obligations and distance, the Josenian thespians and singers made me realize that, indeed, “teaching” is forever and music binds friendship.

For all my family, friends, Zontians, my WeCare family, media colleagues, students, alumni and teachers, “Thank you for the music.”

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