Back around graduation time, young Steamboat musicians Kate and Nissa woke up one morning to find that their practice video had received over 100,000 hits overnight. Now, almost two months later the video has over 300,000 hits and thousands of fans.
“Sailing Ships,” aptly named for Steamboat Springs High School’s Sailors mascot, perfectly captures the high school mentality of simultaneously longing for the past and anxiously waiting to be set free. Listen to the song below.
The simple trio of vocals, piano, and cello set mostly in a minor key brought me back to one of my own high school memeories, where two of my very good friends wrote a song with the same arrangement for their graduation. I can’t be sure if it was Kate and Nissa’s heartfelt music or memories of my own youth that brought goosebumps to my arms, but the song certainly moves everyone who listens to it.
We’re proud that Kate had the chance to participate in Strings School Days before graduating high school to pursue a career in music. Kate will begin at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall. Nissa has one year left at The Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs. She will play at the Strings Music Pavilion on Wednesday August 1. This last Heritage Concertof the summer features 14 young Steamboat musicians who will perform on stage with the professionals. Visit the Strings Music Festival website to purchase tickets.