Published On: Wed, Nov 20th, 2013

High Rocks music students present benefit concert

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High Rocks Academy music students presented a benefit concert Friday evening with music teacher Judith Avers. The students wrote and performed original music and poetry to inspire recovery from last week’s destructive fire in Marlinton. Pictured, left to right: Ally Lane, Canessa Parker, Emily Doss, Maria Workman and Avers.

A tremendous community effort has materialized to help the victims of last weekend’s destructive fire in Marlinton. Donors have filled the Marlinton Municipal Building auditorium with household goods, far beyond the victims’ needs. Relief organizers will sell the excess donations on Friday and Saturday, with proceeds to benefit the Marlinton Fire Department.

Young people are involved in the effort to help their neighbors – among them, music students from High Rocks Academy in Hillsboro. The students presented a benefit concert at McClintic Library in Marlinton Friday evening. A standing-room-only crowd packed the library’s meeting room to hear the young people perform. The music and poetry was original – written by the students to inspire fellowship and hope for recovery from the disaster.

Funds raised during the concert were donated to Kristy Lanier, proprietor of the Dirt Bean Ohana, a popular Main Street coffee shop and restaurant destroyed by the fire. The students had been scheduled to perform a concert at the Dirt Bean on Friday evening.

High Rocks Special Events Coordinator Devin Preston and music teacher Judith Avers organized the concert.

“I think it went really, really well,” said Preston. “The kids were very moved by what happened over the weekend and they really put all of that emotion into the songwriting that they were doing. They wrote songs about hope and strength and community. They were really nervous and excited, but I think they did really well.”

 

Don’t Let The World Fall Down

by Layla Shinaberry, Lydia Tallman, Shayna HammonsHighRocksBenefitsm03

My building is crashing down

I’m on fire and I’m hittin’ the ground

All of my nightmares are coming true

I have my memories

That’s all I need of you

CHORUS:

I have strength and I have hope

Nothing’s gonna tear me down

I have strength and I have hope

Nothing’s gonna tear me down

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Nothing’s gonna bring me down

My life is turning ‘round we go

Where it stops, nobody knows

Even the world could help me through

I know I get through it

With the help of you

CHORUS

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By Rhiannon Cohernour, Marlena Williams, Regan Haney, and Ryan Peters

Even the healthful and the sick

Even the poor and also the rich

Even though we were all affected

Together we can come through the hectic

(humming)

Even though the town is falling down

Someday we’ll turn it all around

CHORUS:

We’ll give you hope, we’ll give you strength

We’ll get there no matter the length

Even the young and the old

Even the shy and also the bold

Your faith will shine like a star

No matter who you are

CHORUS

Spoken: As we see our memories at stake, we know it’s all gonna be okay. ‘Cause all that matters are the steps you take

CHORUS

Your faith will shine like a star

No matter who you are

CHORUS

 

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By Emily Doss, Ally Lane, Canessa Parker, and Maria Workman

 

When I ride through all these little roads

I feel like a small crow

That means we need to make it all better now

Don’t ever cry

Everything will be alright

Even though it’s getting’ colder

CHORUS:

It’s never gonna be the same

It’s like it all burned away

It may be a small town

But we’ll get through in and out, in and out

 

It is where the theory of life lies

Through the darkest of the nights

We’re all connected somehow

Don’t shed a tear

We’ll help you through my dear

Even though it’s getting’ colder

CHORUS

When I ride through all these little roads

I feel like a small crow

That means we need to make it all better now

Don’t ever cry

Everything will be alright

Even though it’s getting’ colder

CHORUS

 

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By Kearstin Marlowe Bogart and Ida Bibb

 

CHORUS:

Keep holding on to your faith

Let go of all your sorrows

We’ll be your guide through the dark of the night

We’ll be by your side

 

Don’t you worry about a thing

You’re gonna be alright

You gotta just keep holding on to your hope

Don’t ever let it go

CHORUS

Even through the toughest times

I’ll be your light through the night

Give me your hand, I’ll lead you through your nightmares

I will always care

CHORUS

Keep holding on to your faith

Let go of all your sorrows

I’ll always be your guide through the dark of the night

 

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By Austin Pritt

 

I woke up and looked outside my window

And I saw smoke

The fire was burning outside my window

Burning and smoking

So I walked to town and looked at the fire

I saw the spraying water and the fire

Coming out the windows

Burning and smoking

So don’t you let it bring you down

The town was full of people standing

And I’m here standing with you now

 

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By Joey Friel

 

If ever, ever you hear this

You’ll know that I’m with you

But baby, oh dear sweetheart

You’ll know that I’ll stay true

And always, always I’ll be here

So look into that dawn

But stay strong, oh dearest, don’t fear

I’ll soothe you with this song

Hold me close and hear me say

That we’ll never fall astray

CHORUS:

Somewhere I hear you calling my name

Before the dawn breaks

Often you’ll hear my reply the same

And that’s what brings me home

But hear this, I’ll be here with you

Tomorrow we will stand

Hear this, I’ll be here with you

‘Cause tomorrow never ends

Hold me close and hear me say

That we’ll never fall astray

CHORUS

So don’t fret, call to your lover

I’ll dry up every tear

And hold, hold you so sweetly

And kiss you most sincere

Hold me close and hear me say

That we’ll never fall astray

Somewhere I hear you calling my name

Before the dawn breaks

Often you’ll hear my reply the same

And know that I am home

 

 

About the Author

- Geoff Hamill can be contacted at gshamill@pocahontastimes.com