This blog post shares its name with an 80s tune by the band Triumph, which was written by their drummer and vocalist Gil Moore who also happens to be the founder and president of Metalworks Institute here in Mississauga, Ontario.
Metalworks is a recording studio, a production company and an excellent entertainment arts school. This is where my son spent all of 2010 learning about show production and event management.
Alex did indeed follow his heart, and it led him to the education he wanted. There was nothing traditional about what was being offered at Metalworks. Everything focused on exactly what he needed to know, to find his way into the world of live venues.
After a year of courses from the best teachers and guest lecturers, hands-on workshops, volunteer work at live events around our city, numerous papers, reports, exams and practical workshops, Alex graduated last week.
It was a casual and fun event which took place at the Living Arts Centre. Many faces from "the business" were there, and many more had gifted some honour students with their mentoring awards - some of which were tangible itmes, and all of which included a couple of hours and lunch with the mentor in question.
It probably won't be long until Alex finds himself traveling around, setting up equipment, mixing sound and enjoying the life he'll work hard to achieve. He has much of which to be proud. And he has two parents and a brother who are thrilled with his success.
Alex, you've grown up so beautifully with humour, warmth and enthusiasm. You've never failed to make me feel so proud of you, my son. Now go, and follow your heart.
Below, are a few photos from the the graduation.
Here's my boy waiting to enter the auditorium.
Once seated, I caught sight of Alex sitting several rows ahead of us. I pointed the camera. He saw me, and being the goof that he is, pointed right back at me just as I zoomed in.
Among many other speakers, Gil Moore spoke eloquently to and about our kids.
Another mentor was Tom Cochrane of Life is a Highway fame. He wasn't able to be at the graduation but he very generously donated a signed acoustic guitar to one of the award-winning students.
And this, of course, is my son, the graduate with his diploma. Good job, son!