Abby Bannon recently used her musical talents to voice her expression on school closing, sports being canceled and all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
The Crawfordsville senior has spent part of her final year as an Athenian helping lead worship at Rock Point Church, and while face-timing with her friend Grace Stewart the idea sparked to write a song giving tribute to all high school seniors who have been affected.
“Something on my heart was the seniors,” Bannon said. “We started writing and it came so natural, and straight from the heart.”
Bannon took a video of the finished product and posted to all of her social media, and it was an instant hit.
The three-minute song has more than 26,000 views on Bannon’s Youtube page, and her story has appeared on numerous media outlets throughout the state.
“I had hoped my friends and school would enjoy it and take something from it, and be encouraged by it, but never would I have imagined the support,” she said. “I think it shows how much people are looking for encouragement and are drawn to that. They’re finally hearing something positive.”
The lyrics talk about how many students walk into high school with the thought of not being able to wait until they graduate, and now with schools closed until at least May 1, seniors are missing out on the opportunity to make final memories, attend prom and take the field for the last time.
Bannon, who enjoyed success during her senior volleyball and swim seasons, was gearing up for a final softball season and was planning to compete as a thrower for the Crawfordsville track and field team. She says the postponement of her final ride on the diamond has put things into a new perspective for her life.
“With sports ending sooner than I had expected or planned for, it has been a reality check in my life because it has reminded me that my purpose in life is not to be successful in sports, but to serve Christ and further His kingdom,” she said.