Thanks to the South Bay Education Foundation and music teacher, Karen Tomlinson, Emory students had the opportunity to meet Matthew Schwartz, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with the popular rock band Cold War Kids.
Matthew spoke to students about his love for reading and writing as an elementary student and the influence that has had on his career. He also responded to questions from the crowd. Students learned that Matthew recorded his first song as a fourth grade student! He also performed a few songs, including Cold War Kids' recent hit song "First," which was on the Billboard Alternative Rock chart for 64 weeks, with 10 of those weeks at number 1.
In preparation for the performance, Ms. Tomlinson asked three outstanding Emory sixth grade poets to write lyrics, which she provided to Matthew. During the assembly, students and staff enjoyed the world premier of the song "We'll Still be Friends," which he wrote using the student's lyrics. The assembly was a fun and inspirational celebration of the strong connection between the arts and literacy. Thank you to Ms. Tomlinson and the Education Foundation!
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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach