Out of the DarkJim Papoulis - Boosey & Hawkes, Inc
Middle school can be a difficult time in the life of a student, often filled with feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. The composer explored this topic with middle school students in a songwriting workshop, and the students discovered that they are not alone with their feelings of self-doubt; that even adults struggle with these feelings. These students also discovered that they have the ability to be strong and find inspiration from within. The music reflects these moments of discovery with rhythmic forces. There is a vulnerable honesty in this music, an honesty that will resonate with young people.