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You’ve Gotta Want It From the Bottom of Your Heart

The way we begin every day . . . in song, of course.  With profound lyrics and melody, You’ve Gotta Want It by Roberta Gold, is a hit with Harness the Stars Kids Opera Company.  In fact, it inspired our company name.  At 9:20 a.m., if you happen to walk down the hall, you’ll hear us preparing ourselves to meet the challenges of a new day.

Flame is the fire that fuels the dream
That powers the engine that turns the world.
Passion is lightning that creates a spark
That lives in the heart of a boy and girl.

Everyone tries in his own way
Everyone lives for a dream.
The stars in the heavens can tell you
To believe is a powerful thing.

You’ve gotta want it from the bottom of your heart
You’ve gotta give it everything you’ve got.
You’ve gotta live it and never let it go
Live it so completely, body, mind and soul.

Faith is the candle that burns inside
It stands all alone in the face of the wind.
Love has the power to harness the stars
And take us to places we’ve never been.

Everyone walks through the fire
Everyone lives for a dream.
When all that you’ve got is desire
To believe is a powerful thing.

You’ve got to believe in yourself
Faith is the fire in my soul.

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Mary Ruth McGinn

About Mary Ruth McGinn

As a teacher with 29 years of experience, Mary Ruth McGinn has always sought innovative ways to meet the needs of each of her students. She has spent her entire career in schools where a majority of students speak English as a second language and where poverty significantly impacts the learning experiences and opportunities of students and their families.

Sixteen years ago she had an experience that changed her life and altered her professional path in a profound way. She attended training sessions at The Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, spent nine intense days living the process of creating an original opera and learned how to replicate the experience with her students. She then began creating opera with her students and using the process of creating the opera as a vehicle through which to teach curriculum and life skills. The authentic purpose for learning coupled with the arts provided the perfect stage on which to construct a love for life-long learning.

She currently teaches at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland where she is creating another original opera with her third grade students.

Read more of Mary Ruth’s blog Learning for Real.

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