Yesterday, legendary folk singer and political activist Peter Yarrow, along with professor and celebrated folk performer Dar Williams ’89,led a happening singalong in the Zelnick Pavilion.After a discussion with William’s “Music Movements in a Capital Democracy” class Yarrow and a group of about 60 students and guests headed to Zelnick for an afternoon of activist-themed songs. Lyric sheets were passed around, and the singing began with the classic “This Little Light of Mine.” Next came “Eyes on the Prize” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round.” Between selections, Yarrow shared stories of protesting in the 1960s and facing arrest for rallying against apartheid before everyone joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome.”
Other songs included “If I Had a Hammer” and a beautiful finale of “Blowin’ in the Wind” (which wasn’t included in the lyric booklet, but people seemed to know all the words anyway). Everyone in the room left with a big smile, if not tears of joy and inspiration.
Photos and a couple of short videos are included after the jump.
It looks like those seats finally filled up for “Music Movements in a Capital Democracy,” the CSPL course being taught by acclaimed folk singerDar Williams ’89this semester, and unsurprisingly, it has its perks—namely, more famous folk singers. Ben Doernberg ’13 has been excitedly tweeting at us that folk icon and political activist Peter Yarrow (that’s the “Peter” in Peter, Paul & Mary) visited the class today and led a singalong of “This Little Light of Mine.” Here’s a Soundcloud clip of the singalong:
But there’s more: tweeting frantically from class like the social media journalist madman that he is, Doernberg adds that there’s a community singalong with Yarrow at 3:30 pm (that’s in half an hour) today in the Zelnick Pavilion:
Coming in from ye ole Oliver Jim ’14 of Earthe House:
Goodnight, TX a downright bodacious folk/string band returns to EARTH HOUSE to pluck away the night! New album of theirs drops on October 2nd. They blew away the crowd last spring and are back by popular demand! So come early and stay late.
Date: Saturday, September 22 Time: 9:00 pm – 12:00 am Place: Earth House, 159 High Street
Last Monday, Adrian Simon ’15 along with Richard Miron (Yale student) released a debut album for their band The Willlow and the Builder.
You might remember Adrian from a previous Wesleying post, where he was mentioned with his previous band The Ivy League. If you read the whole article you’ll find out that he moved past The Ivy League a while ago and has been mainly focusing on this very The Willow and the Builder debut. (Also, you can notice how we foresaw us not being fools by posting about this awesome album…)
Anyway, the album is a mixture of folk, opera, and indie rock. Basically, it’s a perfect mixture of all different music styles in one. If you want to download it (and you should: it’s also free!) just click here.
Chris Pureka ’01, folk singer-songwriter, will perform at Wesleyan on the last day of classes! Come unwind and enjoy some sweet tunes (or, you know, cry). Tickets will be on sale at lunch and dinner at Usdan starting… now! You may also buy tickets at the door.
Date: Tuesday, May 5 Time: 7:00 PM Place: WestCo Café Cost: $3 for Wes students; $5 otherwise