Jr. Solo and Ensemble Contest

Rick, my husband, and Seth, our youngest son, left a few minutes ago for Anacortes, WA where the Jr. Solo and Ensemble Contest is being held this year. Some students, like Seth, will be singing. Others will be playing musical instruments, solo or in small groups.

This past Thursday evening I attended the dress rehearsal for the students from our school district who will be performing in this year’s contest. Without exception, the students did beautifully! Participation in this event is voluntary. In fact, a small fee is charged to enter the competition. It was evident from the quality of the musical performances that these students love music, and have really worked to prepare for the event.

Originally, Seth planned only to sing Hey There, Delilah by the Plain White Ts, but the school’s piano accompanist couldn’t locate piano music for the song. Seth has been learning to play guitar in an enrichment class that is offered three mornings a week at the middle school, so he asked his choir teacher if he could accompany himself. She agreed that he could try, so Seth searched online for the guitar tablature to this song, learned how to play it, memorized it, and now plays it fluently while singing.

Seth has loved to sing since he was a wee little dude. Music is one of the loves of his life. His worry last night was that he has a couple blisters on his fingers. I hope he will be able to relax and do his best. It would be neat if he can go further in the competition, perhaps to the state level.

Here are the lyrics to the song that Seth will be performing:

Plain White Ts
Hey There Delilah
(These lyrics are from www.lyrics007.com)

hey there delilah
what’s it like in new york city
I’m a thousand miles away
but girl tonight you look so pretty
yes you do
time square cant shine as bright as you
i swear its true

hey there delilah
don’t you worry about the distance
I’m right there if you get lonely
give this song another listen
close your eyes
listen to my voice it’s my disguise
I’m by your side

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
what you do to me

hey there delilah
i know times are gettin’ hard
but just believe me girl
someday I’ll pay the bills with this guitar
we’ll have it good
we’ll have the life we knew we would
my word is good

hey there delilah
I’ve got so much left to say
if every simple song I wrote to you
would take your breath away
I’d write it all
even more in love with me you’d fall
we’d have it all

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me

a thousand miles seems pretty far
but they’ve got planes and trains and cars
I’d walk to you if I had no other way
our friends would all make fun of us
and we’ll just laugh along because we know
that none of them have felt this way
delilah I can promise you
that by the time that we get through
the world will never ever be the same
and you’re to blame

hey there delilah
you be good and don’t you miss me
two more years and you’ll be done with school
and I’ll be makin’ history like I do
you know it’s all because of you
we can do whatever we want to
hey there delilah here’s to you
this one’s for you

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
what you do to me

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