March 2018 - Van Life Part 5: The Life Changing Magic Of Changing Your Life

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It's the morning of Saturday March 3rd and I'm on Skype to my online student Jon. His final event is today and it's about to be snowed off. My city is shut, with snow caked so deep that central roads become meringue walkways. In his town it's the same.

"What's the worst case scenario?" He's asking me "Will I fail the course?" I tell him no, but in honesty, I don't know what to do. This music degree is so important to him and like most of my mature students on the online course, his life is full, with family and a full time job. This launch event IS his final project and if it doesn't go ahead, where could he find the time to reschedule it?

By mid morning, the melt has started. "I'm going to try and drive to the venue." he says at 11. "If I can get there, the audience can."

I'm amazed by his determination. I forget that for so many of my students, taking a music degree represents a key life change. For most, it means achieving what they never thought possible and once that goal is in sight, it's hard to give up on, come sun or 6 inch snow. There's magic in committing to change your life and once that has taken root, nothing can stop it.

At noon, the police announce that all roads will soon be clear. I exhale, and so does Jon, the venue staff and all the musicians involved, the warmth of which no doubt serves to accelerate the melt. And, when the time comes, the audience arrives in droves, after 3 days housebound by snowdrifts, they bound in eager and hungry for music and friendship. The event is an unparalleled success.

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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