Singer/songwriter John Flynn worked with third-,
fourth- and fifth-graders to create a new song that will last for
"Think of it this way," Flynn told the students at
Chestnutwold Elementary School as they embarked on an adventure into
songwriting. "What you are doing is writing a letter to the future
students of Chestnutwold. You are telling them what Chestnutwold means
Flynn then guided the students through the steps he takes almost daily
-- the steps toward writing a song.
"Does anyone know where pearls come from?" he asked the third-graders
who had gathered for the songwriting workshop. After a few correct
answers were provided, he explained "They come from a grain of sand and,
well, an idea is like a grain of sand, which grows into a beautiful
pearl. We hope our ideas will grow into a beautiful song that will be
sung by many children for many years."
The creative process starts with ideas, Flynn said as students began
sharing their thoughts about their new school. The writer learned that
the Phoenix was now the new school mascot and the school colors would be
blue and gold -- the colors of the original Chestnutwold School -- and a
theme began to develop -- the Phoenix rising, the shining blue and gold.
The third-, fourth- and fifth-graders each wrote a stanza for the song
and the new anthem will make its debut at Chestnutwold's Grand Opening
Celebration, Sept. 21. Flynn will be featured in a family concert
beginning, 6:15 p.m., on the school grounds. The children will sing
their new song with him during the concert. The community is invited.