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Connor Whelan & Friends, "Music In The Afternoon"

posted Apr 13, 2015, 3:58 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Apr 13, 2015, 3:58 PM ]
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America, and the title is held for life. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.

Connor Whelan, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Scout Troop 187, is seeking this rank. Recognizing the ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph and their more than 100 years of service to the parish, he has planned as his project a benefit concert in appreciation of them. “Music In The Afternoon” will be next Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 pm here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Much of the program are songs that hit the charts between the mid-60s and the mid-70s. Marvin Gaye's original 1964 release, How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) was covered in 1975 by James Taylor. My Sweet Lord and Let It Be, both written by different members of The Beatles, were both released in 1970. First published in 1931, the hymn Morning Has Broken, set to the traditional Scottish Gaelic tune known as BUNESSAN, became identified with Cat Stevens when he released his version in 1971. That's the same year Aretha Franklin sang her gospel-inspired studio-recorded version of Bridge Over Troubled Water. But both contemporary and ancient music are represented by Pharrell Williams' 2014 Happy from “Despicable Me 2” and Connor's organ variations on the 13th century chant Adoro te devote, which we sing as Humbly, Lord, We Worship You. So come support his efforts!