- Posted December 21, 2013 by
shoreham, New York
Recording dream comes true for Shoreham's Jesse Wickey
Note: Scroll through the photos to get to the video.
Jesse Wickey lives in Shoreham, Long Island and is the youngest of Jim and Joann Wickey's 3 children. Their life has been extraordinarily blessed with Jesse. Jesse has an older brother, Kenny and older sister, Kristy. His favorite cousin, Chantelle, loves him dearly and straightens him out as needed. He has a LARGE extended family of friends and neighbors, disabled and non-disabled, who adore him and have helped to make him who he is. He graduated SWR in 2012, after a successful inclusionary educational program and was voted "most unforgettable" by the Seniors for the yearbook. He attends BOCES TSP Program where he is getting occupational training.
Jesse sings and dances every day, outside on the driveway, entertaining the neighborhood. He was cast in the school plays in the ensembles for Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast and Sweeney Todd. With the support of the other students and Mrs. Hygom, theatre teacher, and Stephanie and Lucio Costanzo, choreographers, he was quite successful. He sang in the church choir for years. Music and acting are his passion and he is now looking for an adult program that focuses on the Theatre.
My few hours with Jesse were priceless and I will remember them forever - There is an old saying . "A time to laugh, a time to cry etc…" Jesse had heard I had a studio in the house from my daughter and friends - but life moves quickly and I never recorded Jesse before he graduated. This year , the time, the setting just felt right - I have learned in life that there IS a time for everything and some times events are not meant to pass or will pass for a reason. When I was 11 years old , I played football - I was quarterback --- I wasn't extremely athletic - but I was sorta intelligent and that year I won a trophy at the yearly dinner that noone else had won… It was the "perseverance award." I think that night has driven me ever since. No play or win could ever compare to that feeling. I see this in Jesse and I know it is all he will ever need in life.
There is a point in the video when I ask(3:10 mark): "What made you love to sing?"
Jesses replies: "The spirits say to do this"
I can't get what Jesse said out of my head…Imagine being fortunate enough in life to hear and heed a calling from "the spirits"
I hope that he can be an inspiration for all - that life is truly what you want it to be if you "listen to the spirit."