BANGOR – Two recent high school graduates used the free time they had while quarantining to make music.
The end of the school year did not go as planned for students across the country, but two recent graduates from Bangor Christian Schools decided to take their talents to do something special for their class.
“It got cut short. We weren’t expecting it to go this way,” co-writer Philip Mumford said. “I guess the song is kind of our dedication that’s saying that the memories that we have made, they’re gonna last forever.”
Mumford and co-writer Branden Guiggey are the masterminds behind the song, “Memories.”
“I texted Philip,” Guiggey said. “I was like, ‘listen, we need to do something.’ “‘There’s so much separation, there’s so much sadness right now, so let’s try to do something that will make things kind of better.'”
The friends worked on the song separately and talked through messaging and FaceTime.
“The power of being able to use a cell phone for music has actually come a long way over the past several years,” Mumford said. “I would have an idea, I would send it to my friend, Branden, and he would send it back and say, ‘I think we can do this with it.'”
Both have the same favorite lyric.
“The line that resonates the most would be the first line of the chorus it says, ‘they say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, but I knew what I had was worth the holding on’ because that’s a phrase that people use a lot,” Mumford said. “They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, but a lot of people haven’t really experienced that first hand.”
The boys were surprised by the song playing at their graduation last week.
“What people have said is what I pictured them saying when they really connected to the song, and it’s been great because I know that they are actually listening and actually relating to what we were trying to do,” Guiggey.
The song can be streamed on YouTube at Philip Mumford Music.