Words like, “reach,” “risk,” and “support,” were the baseline of the dialogue in the room. I could not think of a more inspiring thing to witness and capture on a Friday evening.
I was a pretty fortunate teen, exposed to many interesting opportunities and concepts while I was growing up. But, many times over I have thought to myself, “I wish the Watershed Report program had been available when I was growing up.” Last Friday I walked through the doors of the Jack Straw Productions in preparation to take some photos of students improvising the score that will articulate the mood and feel of the 2011 Watershed Report. I knew I was about to witness the type of creativity that can only occur when people are given the freedom to strive for their best. I was not disappointed.
I entered the studio to find the Watershed Report students that I knew through their deft analysis and reporting of local sustainability trends engaged in a process that stretched them in another direction entirely. Tahoma High Senior, Clara Tibbitts and Junior Shanan Hopp were improvising on saxophone, while Freshman Lucy Tibbitts, was providing a foundation on piano and Sophomore, Jennifer Larson was capturing the creation on video. These Report members were joined by fellow teens on drum and base, and supported by Jack Straw producers on guitar. It is worthy to note that the Report teens were dedicating their evening to playing music after spending the entire day analyzing data for this year’s video series.
I found it exhilarating to hear their creative process and encouraging that this group felt that the best groove to convey this years’ finding was, more or less, several variations of funk and soul. It was upbeat, moving and, well, funky. Words like, “reach,” “risk,” and “support,” were the baseline of the dialogue in the room. I could not think of a more inspiring thing to witness and capture on a Friday evening.
I can’t wait to hear the soundtrack at the Annual Watershed Report Premiere at the Seattle REI Flagship store on September 12th, 7pm. This will be a special evening, complete with student presentations and a buffet of locally-sourced foods. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Seating will be limited.