Aggie Students Enjoy Stories from Visiting Dr. Gonzalez
CLARKSDALE — Coahoma Agricultural High School students got a break from the normal school routine Friday afternoon from a visiting doctor, who was well, anything but normal. Dr. David Gonzalez a storyteller, musician, poet, actor, writer and music therapist brought his unique brand of entertainment to the Marion Reid Gymnasium and regaled students with a tale of tragedy of love lost, and another of love found, all the while evoking a range of emotions from laughter to solace.
He began his show with a jazz-infused rendition of the “Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice” — a Greek tragedy in which its protagonist ventures into Underworld to find and bring back his wife who died on the night of their wedding. He followed up with a tale of love found “Three Whiskers” — the story of stepmother trying to win the affections of her new stepson.
Gonzalez sang and danced, played jazz instruments with the inflections of his voice, and drew the crowd into the stories that were meant to bring about feelings of love and sorrow, and provided a not too hidden lesson about life’s ups and downs.
The animated performances commanded applause and interest from the students and the audience, who interacted with Gonzalez following the show asking questions about his life, his travels and the things that influenced his life and career. Following the show, Aggie students presented the performer with a certificate of appreciation for traveling to Clarksdale and speaking with them.
“This was just an amazing opportunity to expose our students to something different,” said CAHS Principal Sonya Debose-Taylor. “Dr. Gonzalez was amazing, and we want to thanks Shonda Warner for helping to bring him here for our students.
“One of the things we are trying to do is develop our students as a whole, and (Gonzalez) showed them today what creativity is all about. Without any musical instruments or anything else, just himself, he was able to entertain them. He showed them that they too can use their own creativity and stand up and be their own person — we are grateful to him for that.”
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