Bright Bright Light

M U S T W A T C H ! A tornado and a global pandemic can’t dim the light that’s shining from MNPS Dodson Elementary. It’s my joy to present “BRIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT,” the BRAND NEW SONG and MUSIC VIDEO that I co-wrote with 360 students as an artist-in-residence.

This footage captures the exciting classroom atmosphere as we crafted the song, showcases student artwork, and shows the hard work and fun that went into this special project. The students were SO excited that this song would eventually be recorded and shared… Let’s shed some light today! Thank you for sharing far and wide!

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R E S I L I E N C E : On March 2nd, I began a 2-week songwriting residency at Dodson Elementary in Nashville, TN. We set out to create a brand new song with the entire school. The students and I wrote the chorus on day one: “I’ll Be the Bright, Bright Light,” a song about courage, kindness, joy, and strength.

That night, the #NashvilleTornado hit the Dodson community hard. Dozens of families lost their homes or were displaced. School was closed for the remainder of the week. The following week, we picked up where we left off, knowing that we had important work to do: we had to finish this song. Three days later, due to COVID-19, schools were closed indefinitely.

For the past several weeks, I have been coordinating with the music teacher, Tracy Roberts, and working to complete the song that these students poured their hearts into.

**Thank you to the community of special sponsors that made this completed project possible.**

I’ll Be the Bright, Bright Light

R E S I L I E N C E :  On March 2nd, I began a 2-week songwriting residency at Dodson Elementary in Nashville, TN. We set out to create a brand new song with the entire school. The students and I wrote the chorus on day one: “I’ll Be the Bright, Bright Light,” a song about courage, kindness, joy, and strength.

That night, the #NashvilleTornado hit the Dodson community hard. Dozens of families lost their homes or were displaced. School was closed for the remainder of the week.

The following week, we picked up where we left off, knowing that we had important work to do: we had to finish this song.

Three days later, COVID-19 had reached the county, and schools were closed indefinitely.

For the past several weeks, I have been coordinating with the music teacher, Tracy Roberts, and working to complete the song that these students poured their hearts into.

This WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th at 3:00pm CST, I’ll be taking over the Music Makes Us Facebook page for a LIVE concert and assembly, and we will have the WORLD PREMIERE of our song, “Bright, Bright Light.”

Please join us as we debut this incredible project. Can’t wait to share this with you!

LUCKY FIN PROJECT FACEBOOK TAKEOVER CONCERT & Q&A – LIVE April 15 11amEST

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LUCKY FIN PROJECT FACEBOOK TAKEOVER

LFP Facebook Page (click Here)
April 15, 2020
11amEST

I’ll play some songs, answer your questions, and we’ll ALL get to connect. I’ve been a Lucky Fin Ambassador since 2011 and I love serving this community. See you there!

NEW ALBUM, “Frontier Heart,” available NOW!

My new album, “Frontier Heart,” is available now!

My BRAND NEW ALBUM, “Frontier Heart,” is available now! It is my joy to share these songs with you. It is my hope that they bring light, courage, and hope into your hearts and homes.

Thank you for listening and sharing with a friend. Tune in on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and everywhere that music is played!

LISTEN HERE!

Easter Message 2020

An Easter Message for you:

HAPPY EASTER! He has risen indeed! Hallelujah!

First of all, if you were hoping to go to church and you’re not sure what to do now, I’d love if you’d join Lesleigh, Theo, and me at our church today. Here’s where we’ll be: Elevation Church LIVE stream at 8:30am CST.

This will be the first Easter Sunday I’ve ever spent in the house. As a boy, I always woke up early, put on my tie and dress clothes, spent a few minutes looking for a very well-hidden Easter basket (I’ve known the Easter Bunny to be a remarkably tricky creature), before walking down the street to church to play trumpet with my mom at the sunrise and 9am Easter Worship Services.

The blasting brass, the choir, the organ, the lilies on the altar, and the hymns of resurrection, redemption, hope, and joy moved me profoundly.

My life has taken me many places on this day: in 2006, I was at the massive Vatican Easter mass among tens-of-thousands of people in Rome, last year I celebrated privately with just a couple of close friends while on tour in the Middle East.

This year, our world needs Easter as much as ever. I’ve seen people posting about a new trend called “Toxic Positivity.” It is directed at people, like me, who aren’t posting every day about case counts and death tolls.

I empathize with your fear, and weep with those who weep. What I can control is what I DO take in. Yes, I know the news, but I watch it after reading my Bible or watching a good news piece about courage. I prefer to look at fear on a spectrum. There’s a difference between feeling afraid and moving forward, and feeling afraid and moving backward to panic and hysteria.

I lived in the aftermath of 9/11, I lost my job and couldn’t find another in 2008, I’ve ridden in the back of an ambulance holding Lesleigh’s hand while she lay still, in a neck brace, on a stretcher, after we were run off the highway by a drunk driver in 2014, and I had Covid-19 symptoms and telemedicine advised I self-quarantine. I was in bed for 9 days (3 weeks ago). I know suffering. I also know that suffering leads to perseverance, which leads to character.

I’m hoping with my positivity to remind people that evil has not won, and will not win, this world. Easter is hope. Hope is a living thing.

He has risen indeed! Let us Rejoice with hopefulness!

Love,
Tony

Connecting Through Isolation – NEW Podcast Interview

Photo by Alison Weakley

Each of us was born and built with a purpose, and uniquely crafted for the time that we are in.?
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I was invited to talk about “Connecting Through Isolation” for the State Department’s podcast, 22.33 – honored to be featured alongside fellow Exchange Alumni, as we talk about how to spread light in the world.?
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Thank you for listening and sharing! ?
** my interview is at 27:09 **
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LISTEN HERE!

Nashville Tornado Relief – Supplies Drive

We need YOU, #MemmelNation!

Tennessee is experiencing shortages of critical items that will help the relief effort and the families who have been affected by the #NashvilleTornado.

YOU CAN HELP! Lesleigh and I are setting up a command center at our home. We created an Amazon Wish List of supplies – CLICK HERE to donate items!

If you feel so moved, you can send everything right to our house. Every little bit helps. We will be bringing supplies into the city, and we appreciate your help in restoring this community that we love.

THANK YOU!
Love,
Tony, Lesleigh, & Theo