A Short Video in honor of Manchester's Girls

Stephen Fife

Writer, Non-Registered Critics

This is from the graduation ceremony a few days ago at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles.
The song was written by a few girls from the Archer class of 2017 - Annie Rose Schindel, Meg Elizabeth Anne Smith, Sophie Simone Smyth.  Thanks to them for their talent and big-hearts.
One of the girls in the video is my daughter - it's why there isn't a wider view of all the girls singing.
Sorry it's just a fragment - I've become jaundiced about dad-filming, as (I am sorry to admit) I've never gone back to those First Grade videos I filmed, which seemed so important at the time.  But at a certain point in hearing this song, I was so taken by the beauty of the young women and their voices that I had to capture what little I could.
Now I keep watching it and thinking about those dead and injured girls in Manchester, just as lovely and entitled to a glorious future as these girls.
In a few days, their unthinkable deaths will be filed away with all the other unthinkable events that in fact we don't really think about.  But the girls of Manchester will still be gone or changed forever, their parents and immediate families will be hurt in a way that no one ever recovers from, and we will all be a little diminished, even if we're not aware of it.
Our media is obsessed with visions of dystopian societies and apocalyptic disasters.  But such events are not conceivable without horrors like this.  Horrors that even the most empathetic among us will soon mostly forget.
But I would love it if you would remember these singing girls, and the joyful moments of which we are capable.


Steve is a 5-tool writer (plays, screenplays, novels, poetry, journalism) who has had 11 books published, 10 plays produced, and has written for the New York Times “Arts & Leisure”, Village Voice, New Republic, and many others. He is one of the few people on the planet who can lay claim to spending time with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, as well as so many other extraordinary people who refused to color inside the lines. He is always on the lookout for the original and the incisive.