Graduation Speech: Pomp And Circumstance

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Girrrll, did you hear that? That’s a mean keyboard funk line in Pomp and Circumstance Yeah, Joe put a sweet downbeat in the upright processional Pomp and Circumstance celebrated with culture You know our celebration would not be complete Without a little touch of cultural class It was there, subtle - not overt Fingers kissing treasured chords Dancing across the traditional keyboard Thank you for the joy you jammed into this special day You wove wonder with wisdom In your own inimitable way Gave the waves of caps and gowns Electrifying energy In the heat of the day Written during a graduation ceremony at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, L.A., as the incredibly humble, ingenious, Director of Music, Professor Joseph Williams wove African American cultural threads into the traditional” Pomp and Circumstance” march. I presented Joe with a copy in his classroom weeks later. PAYING TRIBUTE TO YOUR SPIRIT, MAMA I 'm paying tribute to your Spirit, Mama Paying tribute to your spirit of love, laughter argument, and encouragement I 'm paying to your Spirit, Mama Now that you 've gone I told you that I love you, but it 's not enough The words are too few for the essence of You I 'm paying tribute to your Spirit, Mama I 'm paying tribute to your Spirit, Mama Your tireless hands that fashioned new dresses when I longed for the ones at Macy 's that cost more than Daddy made I 'm paying tribute to your Spirit, Mama Your endless treks to sales, downtown, over

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