Tonight University of Houston composers were inspired by the writings of elementary students.
"I actually love music very much and to hear my poem in music...that would be really fun" said
Jaela Thomas a student at Kashmere Gardens elementary school.
It was music to the ears of many students or "poets" like Thomas who explained why she
decided to write about where she's from. "I decided on it because it feels like I'm actually from the
world's greatest city and I really wanted to write about
it cause you could've wrote about how you felt about where you're from."
Then, the words on the page become lyrics with the help of six composers from the University of
Houston. Mark Buller is on of them who admits the collaboration was challenging but ends on a pretty
sweet note. "So the poetry was quite a bit different than what we were use to there was a certain
freshness that we didn't quite expect, this innocence sort of white-eyed vision of life."
Life through the eyes of 4th and 5th graders who also had the opportunity to perform a "mini-opera"
before actually hearing what their poems sound like.
"One of the prompts that writers in the schools asked these kids is if you had to
describe your voice what would it be" asked Buller which is explains why students were so excited.
"I'm very excited because this is actually the first time that i've ever written a poem and to be made into a song is
cool" said Lampley.