Music Assignment: Moving On
Santana, Brittany and I chose to work together for this song because over this school year, we’ve all gotten very close. We’ve been through a lot together in the short period of time that we’ve been deemed the “Unholy Trinity”, and I feel like this song sums up what we’ve learned this year: that things can get difficult, unbearable sometimes, but we’ve got to keep moving and roll with life’s punches.
I think everyone can relate to the overall sentiment of this song: that if you want things to happen, it’s got to come from you. We can’t watch the clock’s seconds tick by, we’ve got to be like that clock we sit around watching: we’ve got to keep moving forward.
Music Assignment #1: Friendship
While the Ravenclaw had plans to present this assignment much earlier, a sudden bout of sickness prevented her from coming in to present and perform to the best of her ability. She loved musical assignments as much as she loved charmwork; while she wasn’t a strong belter or anything, her voice held its own. She was also a fair violinist, having trained in the instrument as well as some degree of voice so that her mother could say she did. Thus, while she wasn’t the best instrumentalist or vocalist around, she could venture to call herself pretty decent.
Quinn’s accompaniments for this assignment were a guitarist and a bongoist. Quinn herself held a violin as she presented her views on friendship.
“Friendship, to me, is simple,” the blonde began her introduction to her song, a warm smile on her face. “It is everything that love is: it is patient, it is kind. It is not rude, it is not self seeking; it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.” She was quoting the Bible, but it was a text that she wasn’t sure any of her contemporaries knew, so she omitted any sort of citation.
“Of course, any sort of relationship, whether it’s a romantic one or a friendly one, involves putting your heart on the line: you venture to open yourself up to someone, to let them see you at your most vulnerable. Honestly, it can be scary sometimes,” Quinn continued with a little laugh, “but there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. That’s what makes friendships, relationships, the human experience worthwhile.”
Here the Ravenclaw paused a bit. The words flowed out of her naturally, as she indeed spoke from experience, but she knew that she could be striking certain nerves with certain people. Be that as it may, though, there was no way to take any of it back, and she stood behind those words. She was blessed to have such wonderful friends like Brittany and Kurt that she could sing this song about.
Setting the violin up against her chin, Quinn concluded, “This song is about that ‘everything to gain’ from letting yourself trust someone and letting that someone trust you. It isn’t about shouting from the rooftops or shoving who you are in anyone’s face; it’s about being there. Something that beautiful can be that simple.” Turning to her accompanists, she counted the two off and joined them as she began to sing the first verse.