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7Everyday Hero Eddie Powell leads free concerts at senior centers

Posted at 8:04 AM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 10:04:01-05

A good song always stirs emotions. 7Everyday Hero Eddie Powell sees it firsthand. 

He leads a musical group that performs free concerts at area senior centers. 

"We are the Wednesday Morning Singers," he said.

The group has been performing together since 1995. 

"We're very popular," he said, laughing. "We're free... We started off at Saint James Presbyterian Church."

Since then, the group has performed more than 440 free concerts. 

They visit a different senior living center on the first and third Wednesday of the month. 

The Wednesday Morning Singers is filled with talented singers and musicians. But the residents at each living center play an active role as well. 

"We're not here to sing to you, we're here to sing with you," Powell recently told the crowd at Brookdale of Lakewood. 

The residents don't hesitate to chime in with songs from their past. 

"I think it's great," said one woman. 

Another woman said the choir is great. Another said it is "good old songs for old-timers."

Powell said he sees the music's impact all the time. 

"When we went in at one center, there was a fellow just slumped over," he said. "But as soon as we sang the first note, he sat up straight. He sang every song. He knew all the words. Afterward, I went over to him and there he was slumping. Still, it made me feel good that for that one hour he came to life." 

Powell and the Wednesday Morning Singers aim to provide joy and song where ever they go. They are proof that no matter where you go, it you give generously, you reap the same. 

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