This young man, Colin Thurmond, is a doctoral student at New England Conservatory, which, like the rest of Boston, was on lockdown yesterday. His response to the lockdown was to record a series of videos and post them on YouTube as a gift to the people of Boston.
This is incarnational ministry, as far as I am concerned. During a time when the brokenness of the world was just lying there gaping at us all, he offered the community a gift based on his own gift of music. What a graceful response to a terrible situation.
Here's a quote from the great conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein that's been going around lately:
“This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more devotedly than ever before.”
- Leonard Bernstein
And by the way, my own son the jazz trumpet player has decided to study at The New England Conservatory himself for the next four years. I know many of you have been following his musical career through the videos I've posted here. We are very proud of him and glad that he is joining such a wonderful community of artists.
Meanwhile, enjoy Colin Thurmond playing Por ti mi corazon.