For a while, he found it in fire halls and basements as the lead singer of Eden Park, an underground punk-rock band.
When he walked on stage the audience would scream, all of their emotions just pouring into him.
“It was like straight energy from the sun,” he says.
Sharing through teaching
Cal was still rocking out in basements when he first started teaching. But eventually, his love for arts education won out over everything else.
He’s seen art completely change the direction of a person’s life. And the feeling that comes from being a part of that is euphoric — like looking out at a screaming crowd.
This summer, his students performed The Wiz at Foundry Park. Cal looked up the hill at the audience while the crowd laughed, cried and clapped — pouring their emotions into the show, the cast.
Suddenly, he was that 4-year-old kid again, leading a line of people dancing and staring out at that crowd.
This was where he belonged.