Lennon lets Amherst ‘Imagine’ a better world

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Two-year-old Cohen Peck was captivated by the sights and sounds while watching the Amherst Regional High School Choir sing ‘Imagine’ yesterday at Victoria Square. 

AMHERST – Whether it’s in the shower, in the kitchen, or in the car, John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ is sung thousands of times every day throughout the world.

Many singers sang the song as Expowering Beyond Barriers hosted a noon-hour sing-along in Victoria Square yesterday to help raise monetary donations and food donations for local food banks.

The Amherst Regional High School Choir did one of seven different renditions of the song.

“It was great to see the song sang in so many different ways,” said ARHS music instructor Stephanie Mizuik, who said the ARHS choir’s version was the ‘choral version.’

This is the second year Expowering Beyond Barriers hosted the sing-a-long, and ARHS Grade 11 students Caleb Hayes, Jon Cheverie and Thomas Keagan said it was fun to participate in the 2012 event, which comes 41 years after the song was first released.

The three students said they have heard the song throughout their entire lives.

 “It’s so much better than today’s music,” said Cheverie.

“Today’s music you forget in a month and that music is still going, it lasts,” added Keagan.

Hayes said the words have more meaning than most of today’s songs.

“It’s not just about nothing, it’s not just about making money. It’s about people getting along.”

Cheverie agrees.

“It’s about peace, and today’s songs are about sex, drugs and alcohol,” he said.

ARHS participated in last years sing-a-long, and 21 students participated in this year’s event.

“We’ll definitely be doing it again next year,” said Mizuik.

More photo's of the sing-a-long can be seen on the slide show at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

 

 

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School Choir

Geographic location: Victoria Square

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  • DEE
    November 03, 2012 - 20:11

    Great event and congrats to Colleen Dow, Michelle Maltby and Andrew MacGregor. Liz Cooke Sumbu and her backup did a fabulous job plus the 6 other participants who are not mentioned by name here and it is certainly newsworthy to mentioned them as they donate their time and talents. .