Resounding Conclusion………#67 (the 50’s)


January 29, 1959, Graduation Day,  Gary enkindled a Four Freshman song,  not a person to dwell on lyrics,  but a reminisce of the opening line  “there’s a time for joy and a time for tears”,  and it’s implication of  appropriateness regarding tonight’s commencement exercise.  The Graduate having witnessed a display of emotions from classmate’s during a rehearsal for the graduation ceremony.   His immediate attention focused on the program for tonight’s event, Gary having  just discovered he was the solitary entertainment listed on the program, providing  you discounted all the scheduled speeches.

Class Counselor Mr. L. A. Martin

No one perceived,  neither family or friend  about his inquiring to Mr. Martin, the January Class Counselor about  participation in the graduation program.   Reaching inside,  searching for an intrinsic reason of why he desired to apply, questioning himself, could it be he wanted to discern a statement of his integrity making a final memorable statement, or maybe another reason coming from deep within,  a tribute to the person responsible for acknowledging  this gifted attribute, his Mother.    Mr. Martin seem to query Gary’s request,  especially when inquiring to what  piano piece he would perform,  the answer to the question didn’t resonate very well with the educator, an  “untitled composition” was the reply.   Not many persons outside of the Gary’s family were aware he could applaud the enduring cornucopia of pastoral intonation emitting from a standing musical entity known as the piano and  with this program appearance his expertise would be unveiled.   Mr Martin asking with a deserved petition  for  a demonstration of the students musical capability, the Teen accepting, gracing the keyboard,  the accession was accorded,  Gary would perform.

The graduating senior

The memoirs would forever remain

The final graduation rehearsal was in progress and  there was a display of remorse,  predominantly by the female gender.   Gary understanding the emotional aspects of what was about ensue, attempting to  discredit the actuality of the moment,  immersing himself in expectations of his piano debut and finale.  Still the reality of this secure and auspicious environment, an educational bastion,  soon to be reduced to  a memory,  the  substance of what was about to take place filtering  thru the facade of resolution.   He could appreciate those whose entire  world revolved around the discourse found within ivy shrouded walls of Castlemont and would be at a loss if  removed.   Gary also was cognizant of  the guidance and concern exhibited by teachers during these bountiful years of school,  and the memoir would forever remain  displayed in nostalgia.   With the completion of High School,  a continuance of a higher  level of education would find no nurturing teacher,  but knowledgeable benefactors interested in fulfilling their contract to explain the information of study.   The unforgiving world of commerce silently awaited the commonplace, accepting those without assaying  ambition.

The final chapter of a journey

Graduation Program

Graduation Program (click to enlarge)

Annette Mullen Class President

The graduating senior having decided to enact a classical composition structured from variations of Ravel and Rimsky Korsakov impressions.   The perfection was in F sharp,  with a step down to E and a fortissimo back in F sharp,  the coda depended on the savor of performers inner quintessence.   He was listed third on the schedule following Annette Mullen,  Class President.  The auditorium was consumed,  having taken notice of his parents and sisters adorning the balcony.   Gary was not taken back by an audience,  his concern was the nine foot Steinway sitting in position awaiting  to voice its proclamation to all,  the concernment wasn’t the physical attributes but the audio.  The senior having demonstrated his dexterity of keyboard finesse earlier during ceremonial rehearsal and was totally enthralled with the overwhelming volume that reverberated from the piano throughout the arena.   He rendered it would vibrate the foundation of the forum,  adding an unsurpassed climax to his presentations.

Seated before this waiting captive audience with a largo of emotion,  The youth advanced the diminuendo keyboard progression, his fingered touch insulating the enraptured audio sculpture.   Continuing, the crescendo escalating to a mezzo forte, his finger adroitness fleeting up the keyboard,  the composition heighten, the audience aghast with the final resounding voluminous conclusion.  The auditorium coming to life with tonitruous applause.   A grand finale  in Gary’s quest,  with the music and  Castlemont High School.

2 Responses to “Resounding Conclusion………#67 (the 50’s)”

  1. Tara Says:

    I wish that the conclusion to my high school years had been so awesome!

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