7 YRS OLD :)

"Everyone was doing recitals; we had concerts. I was part of Live!‘s first one myself: I can remember myself, short and chubby, without any idea of what to do on a stage; I was barely able to turn on a microphone, let alone address an audience. But that’s what Live! was setting out to do: to make music more than practice, to make it performance. Going onstage for me was the most natural thing that could have happened in that single moment. I found out firsthand that music was conversation, that it’s a language in and of itself that has the agency of being able to carry across an entire audience, big and bright, the same way weather can encapsulate cities and carry them across a dimension of its own. To perform was metaphysical."

-Mark Meneses | Alumni & writer for Cadence