Parishville-Hopkinton Central School student honored as an essay winner for national music publication
Parishville-Hopkinton student Amanda Mason, pictured above, recently was recognized in a national essay contest about music.
PARISHVILLE -- A Parishville-Hopkinton Central School student and music supporter was recently honored as an essay winner for a national music publication.Amanda Mason wrote an essay about "Music…Heartbeat of the Soul" for the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Junior Keynotes publication “National Music Week” essay contest.
Her essay was chosen from submissions of students essays from 22 states, according to National Music Week.
Mason, a 10th-grade student, has been actively involved in music at her school by hosting "Musicality" events for three years in a row raising thousands of dollars which are donated to the school's music program.
Mason's essay reads:
Music is the heartbeat of the soul. Not just mine, but yours, everyone's.
Imagine if your heart didn't beat, there would be silence, you wouldn't be able to live.
Like in a band, the drums represent the pulse that the rest of the band can follow. They use this beat to get into a groove, whether it be fast representing urgency, loud for high emotion, soft and hypnotic, or slow and steady. Without drums the rest of the band would have a hard time functioning as a whole.
Your heart is like a drum. It carries out the beat that the rest of your body follows. Everyone's beat is going to be different, we all have our own tempo that we live on and that's part of who we are, a part of our soul.
If your soul is beautiful, your song may be melodic with a steady beat. If your soul is driven and you are a workaholic your song may be loud and fast paced. If you are in love and your soul is floating on a cloud, your beat may be soft with an occasional fast pitter pat of the snare.
Music is a magical instrumental representation of our moods, circumstances, and dreams, it is the heartbeat of our souls.