*The following message was delivered to the 9th grade at Camp Agudah moments before the song was presented for the first time”*
Dearest Camp Agudah 9th grade,
What a summer it has been. From the first day back in July, up until now at the end of August, think about how much we grew together as a group. Some of us came to camp barely knowing each other, yet will leave here on Monday with promises to keep in touch throughout the year. Think of the memories we’ll be taking back with us; amazing competitive fun down in AFFL Stadium, Ruach-filled Shabbos Zemiros, the first ever 9th grade Tisha Ba’av Chizuk, amazing 9th grade-exclusive trips, arm in arm Achdus by the Grand Sing, and so much more.
There’s one common denominator for all these memories- TOGETHER. None of these memories would’ve come about without each other. We laughed together, sang together, and enjoyed each other’s company over the last 4/8 weeks. That’s what made this 9th grade the greatest one yet.
That leads us to tonight- the final Motzei Shabbos of the summer, as we’re all gathered here together staring at a blank screen. What you’re about to see is a song presentation that will remind you and fill you up with warm feelings about how much we grew together as a group.
The song speaks about “Thinking back to that first time” when you met a particular friend who you grew close with, and how you instilled the confidence in each other to become great. “With each passing year, it’s become so clear, that our friendship’s held so dear”.
Perhaps the most striking words in the song are “The best things in life are free”. Realize how valuable all the friendships you have formed here in camp are, and that they are amongst the most important things in your life.
For many of us, this may be our last summer here in camp, and at the very least it is all our last summer here as campers. Think about how much you’ve gained here in camp, and all the amazing relationships that have been formed.
I’d like to give special thanks to Mendy Shachter for lending his beautiful voice to this production. You are truly a special talent and it was a pleasure having you join CA Productions. A special thank you to Aron Lowenthal for all his help in this production, as well as many prior ones. All your insistence in ensuring this production came out just the way we wanted it will show in just a few moments. Thank you.
This will be the final CA Production I will have the honor of producing. It has been an incredible run, but this is definitely the right way to end it, with the greatest CA Production yet. Please join me in watching the presentation of the latest CA Production, “OUR SONG”.
With much love and appreciation to all for making Ruach Country 2019 the most special one yet- Izzy Krasnow
Produced By: CA Productions, 2019
Musical Arrangements & Vocal Recording by: Sniper Studios (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lyrics: Izzy Krasnow
Vocals: Mendy Shachter, Izzy Krasnow
Cover Design: Aaron Eliezer Pilchik (thekensingtongraphic.com)