by Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The CD “A Day in My Life” is written and performed by students at Houston Elementary, and on this day of its release, they’re being recognized by the state House.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Could Produce Enough Snow To Crack City’s Top 20 Snow Days
The CD started as a creative writing project and grew into a musical expression, says Houston music teacher Ezechial Thurman.
“What’s in their world right now, but also consider ten years down the road or even in adulthood what life would look like,” he said.
The 16 songs range from “Writers Block Blues” to “One Life Taken, One Life Saved.”READ MORE: Visitation Underway For Samantha Maag, New Jersey Woman Killed In Philadelphia Office Building
“‘Dear Future Me’ was a letter to our future selves. And we could ask any question we wanted,” said fifth-grader Samaria Dockery.
The students had help from professional musicians and the nonprofit LiveConnections, whose founder is David Bradley.
“I think you can dance. I think you can think. I think you can cry and laugh in response to this album. You can get the blues on, and you can get a shoutout of joy from this album,” said Bradley.
It’s the third album for the school’s Rural Lane Records label, and the first in collaboration with LiveConnections.MORE NEWS: Bus Driver, Aide Seriously Injured After Crash Involving Small School Bus In Winslow Township
The album is available to listen to on soundcloud.