“The best art divides the audience.” Rick Rubin
Moments are made when confidence comes from innocence
Like today before our volleyball game
When the cliche,
“Kids say the darnedest things,”
Was brought to life.
Warm-ups were happening,
Volleyballs whizzed in all directions,
Rap music brought the bass for mind-altering perceptions.
I stood next to one of my players and said,
“First time I’ve heard this song.”
To which she replied, “I’m not for pop culture.”
I asked, “How close to pop culture do you get?”
She was a thoughtful student in class,
She considers strategy on the court,
She gave this question of mine the consideration
She gives every thought requiring a reasoned answer.
As the moment started to lose steam,
What a great answer from a teenage kid
Who channels the waters of being a serious student and athlete
Without the slightest of care for how others see her.
She knows little of the social media sisters out west or
Even the current status of prime-time television,
But ask her about a book she is reading, or a voice lesson she has been taught,
Or her proximity to pop culture and you’ll get
The perfect intersection of confidence and innocence.