The last few weeks, in addition to teaching my private students, I’ve been working as a teaching artist for the Seattle Opera in their Opera in Schools Program. The opera work includes composing mini operas with 3rd graders. I’ve also been teaching general music at Wedgwood Montessori Preschool. I am inspired, energized and humbled by the fearlessness and creativity of children in the schools and in my private studio.
How Can I Keep From Singing is an American song dating as far back as the mid 1800’s, possibly written by Robert Lawry. The melody is sweet and simple while the text is beautiful and timeless.
My life goes on in endless song above earth’s lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.
No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I’m clinging.
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?