Always an Adventure: I’m with the band

Growing up, I had a great love of music. I started with the piano but learned to play several different instruments, like the drums and guitar. I played a mean recorder when required for school music class, but I never had any hands-on experience with the flute until my son signed up for the middle school band.

We spent the summer preparing for his tryout for percussion, but he tested so high in wind instruments that he chose the flute as a challenge. He was frustrated initially, and because I had no experience, I was Googling and YouTubing ways to help him make a sound.

We sat on the floor for hours watching YouTube tutorial videos. Before I knew it, he was excelling.

Nakeshia Shannon's son and her mother practice flute together.

Nakeshia Shannon’s son and her mother practice flute together.

My son would run to the car daily telling me, “Momma, I was the first to make a sound on the flute, Momma I know more notes than everyone else, Momma I have the highest grade in my class,” and my favorite, “Momma I get to be the first chair in the concert!”

The confidence he has gained in realizing his potential, the encouragement he receives from his teachers and other band parents, and the friends he has gained in the process genuinely have made a difference in his life.

I can’t wait to continue to watch him grow, travel, and experience the world in a new way. I’m so excited about his adventure, but I’m also excited to say, “I’m with the band.”

Nakeshia Shannon is a photographer and mother of three. Visit her online at

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Worthplaying | ‘The Forest Quartet’ Is A Puzzle/Adventure About Experiencing Life, Death, and Jazz, Coming To PlayStation And PC Next Week

Play her spirit and travel through 3 acts unique to the members of her band for a final farewell concert. Face their emotions, solve puzzles and fight the corruption plaguing their souls.

Everyone deals with loss and trauma differently. Discover how Kirk the pianist, JB the bassist, and Sebastian the drummer experience emotions differently through depression, anxiety, and rage. As Nina’s spirit, use the power of your voice to interact with the psyches of the musicians.Transform into a swarm of butterflies to navigate through dangerous parts of the human subconscious and make the forest green again.

Reigniting the musical spark of the musicians through generators of encouragement will provide small snippets of the Quartet’s past and how they came together. Discover why the musicians decided to move deep into the woods.

The Forest Quartet is a minimalistic narrative experience. There are no written descriptions in-game. With visual cues on how to interact with the world, challenges will progress steadily in difficulty without removing the story as the main point of focus.

Key Features:

  • Sing to interact with objects, create light with your fingertips. Glide, float, and transform into butterflies to explore the band members’ psyches.
  • Environments and objects add unique layers to the soundtrack. Whether it be crackling forest fires or the cold winds from the deep caverns.
  • Live through heartbreak and loss. Recover from grief and restore the band’s musical spark.
  • No written descriptions or instructions, progressively gain powers for your travels.
  • Short and sweet. Can be played in one evening or picked up for a little while every night of the week.

The Forest Quartet is coming to PS4, PS5 and PC (Steam) on December 8, 2022 for $9.99 / £8.50 / €9.75 and is localized in 16 languages.

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