The Color Of Music

The first time Roger Moss ever sang, he was five years old. “We always had music in our house growing up, my mother would tell people that she prayed she would have musical children.” The youngest of four, all of whom either played an instrument or sang, Moss remembers singing was akin to breathing in their home, a modern day Von Trap family.

 

At the age of 16, Moss went to a small private college in Chicago, majoring in pre-law, intending to become an attorney. While at school he changed his major to communications, preferring the detailed intricacies of how humans connect to each other. Even though he wasn’t studying music he still found time to sing in the conservatory at the college. There, he recalls one of the defining moments on his journey, “They had asked me to sing in Chapel a couple of times, and one day the head of the conservatory made the comment that I should never sing again.” Devastated of course, Moss stopped sing for a while all together. After a couple of weeks however, he started to realize he was denying himself the one thing he enjoyed merely because one other person happened to criticize it. “That’s when I learned that you get to decide what voices you want to listen to… so I ignore all the negative noise and I tell my students to do the same.”  

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