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Westminster twenty-somethings hold memorial for 94-year-old musician

Westminster twenty-somethings hold memorial for 94-year-old musician

February 20th, 2014 in News

Abigail Stokes, Westminster College student, sings "If I Had a Hammer" by Pete Seeger Wednesday during a memorial to honor the American folk musician who died on January 27. The Rubato Music Club and Spiritual Life at Westminster organized the event. Stokes said gave a speech, saying her mother used to sing to her Seeger's song, "Abby Yo Yo" when she was young. She added that she identified with Seeger as a humanitarian because his music always came with a moving message.

Photo by Brittany Ruess

They may be children of the '90s, but their connection with the late American folk musician Pete Seeger sparked a memorial in his honor.

Westminster College students with the Rubato Music Club and Spiritual Life on campus organized about an hour-and-a-half service, which was dedicated to the singer-song writer. Seeger died on Jan. 27 at age 94.

While most of the 25 attendees were students, a few - like President Barney Forsythe and professors - represented an another generation.

Those elder participants, like English Professor Wayne Zade, proclaimed themselves "children of the '60s," but Zade said the memorial was evidence that Seeger's messages have lasted throughout time.

"There's no generation gap here," Zade said.

Dean Morran, Westminster College student and founder of the Rubato Music Club, said he felt an "overwhelming urge" to hold a service. Morran played guitar while he and other singers and musicians played Seeger's classic "If I Had A Hammer" and the civil rights song, "We Shall Overcome."