Each year Raising the Blues present s an award to a deserving young person. It is an emotional part of the Blues Festival. “Raising The Blues, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization dedicated to bringing music to children undergoing medical treatment or recovery, and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges. Primarily through the use of Blues music, they seek to raise the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children who can benefit from musical enrichment and interactive musical opportunities.”
This year a young man (12 yo) was brought up. I got some photos backstage but not his name. His smile and attitude were more than enough for me. His name is Elijah.
The musicians and volunteers bring musical performances, interactive musical opportunities and musical training to children in hospital, rehabilitation facilities, schools and special education settings or other appropriate venues.
Now it was time to get on stage for the presentation.
Ruth presented a guitar to accompany his singing.
Then she asked Elijah if he would like to sing. He took the microphone and in front of thousands, gave us a song. (I should mention that he was born with a cleft palate and told he wouldn’t be able to do a lot of things like whistle or drink through a straw.)
When he was done, there were cheers and shouts and a few tears.