‘Cause I’m hopeful, yes I am, hopeful for today. Take this music and use it, let it take you away.
And be hopeful, and he’ll find a way. I know it ain’t easy, but that’s okay. Let’s be hopeful.”
– “Hope,” Twista, featuring Faith Evans
Since learning about the Boston Public Quartet while working on the Hope in Action economic justice campaign at Emmanuel Church, I have become hopeful about the Boston metropolitan area. Being a Southern-influenced man from New Jersey, I was raised with consistent smiles, occasional hugs, and innumerable good mornings, how are yous, hows it goings, which I found sorely lacking upon my arrival in Beantown. As an African American import to this city my first impression was not the best: seeing black panhandlers constantly, in contrast to the number of students and working professionals I became acquainted with upon settling in town. I could go on and on with the negativity I’ve been exposed to over the years here, but know it would be futile, as we have all gone through the same thing. When I saw all the excitement generated by Hope in Action at our MLK celebration, hope sprang in my heart and warmth overtook my rather chilled body at that time; I felt a renewal, a newfound joy within my soul. This was intensified when the campaign at Emmanuel chose to partner with and support the Boston Public Quartet.
I had a chance to experience the joys of children creating art to the wondrous sounds of chamber music at Messy Music at the South Shore Conservatory. A number of Emmanuel members got to draw and dance the afternoon away with a set of cool kids during Messy Music, which was designed for the special needs population at the Chittick Elementary. And speaking of Chittick – I have been blessed with the job of helping to organize the next Messy Music, taking place May 26th, 2010. I am overjoyed at this opportunity! To be honest…I cannot totally express how I feel! I do know Messy Music is something I wished I had been able to take part in in grade school. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
~Daymeyn Gantt, Hope in Action at Emmanuel