Livonia Live

It’s not often that high school musicians know the composers of the music they’re performing. As part of the Spring Chorus concert last night Livonia Live had the pleasure of singing the world premiere piece "Anyway" by Seth Waldron, Class of 2018. 

"Anyway is a piece about hope, love, and “doing good” for the betterment of humanity. Written during the COVID– 19 pandemic, the lens through which it is written is one that is cracked, having been tossed around like many others during, dare I say it, “these troubling times.” 

The text, though often attributed to Mother Theresa, comes from the work of Dr. Kent M. Keith, in his Paradoxical Commandments, written when he was 19. These commandments, taking some influence from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, give a set of instructions on how to live your life in the face of uncertainty. "  Seth Waldron, Class of 2018

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered, 
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives,
Do good anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow, 
Do good anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you, 
Be true anyway.
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight, 
Build anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough, 
Give the best you have anyway. 

“Anyway” is the winner of the 2021 Rachel B. Moore Composition contest of “The Choral Project” in California. 

We hope you enjoy Seth's world premiere piece!  #BulldogPride