At the end of every school year, MacGregor State High School puts on a showcase of all the school’s instrumental and vocal ensembles. It’s a brilliant event that shows off beautifully what all of us can do. ‘Music at Mac’ (as it is so wonderfully named) this year was a really great thing to be a part of. As I was a student who participated in all but the junior bands and the string program, I was busy the whole night performing as well as organising this year’s seniors to put on a show for the teachers as a thank you present, and joining another few of my friends in small ensembles as little ‘treats’ for the audience.
It is tradition at ‘Music at Mac’ to give the teachers a present, many years it’s been photos of all the seniors or a collective message from the leaving group. It’s a thank you present for helping us to get through the year, and for some of us, through our entire school life’s. This year, we decided that as well as giving our teachers a photo each, we would write them a song.
And on one fateful Wednesday afternoon, my friend Jamee and I decided to turn what was then only an idea into something solid. 3 hours passed and we had a song!
Now, as much as it was a collective effort performing it together with the rest of the cohort and getting all the parts covered, I believe credit should go to Jamee Seeto for making the writing of this song the most hilarious and memorable experience ever, for the beautiful lyrics and harmonies, and to Andrew Butler, who was the brain child of what we would like to name the basis of our ‘masterpiece’.
‘Goodbye’ is a song thanking our teachers for being the wonderful people that they are and for helping us get to where we are today. The entire Grade 12 Music Cohort was also given the chance to perform it at our graduation, though our principal pulled the plug soon after.
The recording at ‘Music at Mac’ wasn’t the best it could be, so this is a home recording until I have a chance to create a full rock band version.
This is for all the teachers out there.