The lyrics of music are multi-faceted. They serve to express a songwriter’s feelings, invoke the interest of listeners, and perhaps to help understand an issue. On a Sunday afternoon with great weather and a sparkling view of Otsego Lake, Cooperstown seniors Jonathan Zhang, Emily Greenberg, Maddy Sandler, and Lucas Lyons used song titles from the ‘80s to deliver their message to their fellow graduates and the audience at the Fenimore House.
Zhang began with “Should I stay or should I go” by the Clash, these words exemplifying the mixed emotions of any graduating senior. He stressed the importance of the relationships made in the senior class.
“Our school is a small school and our class is a small class, so we have gotten to know each other very well,” said Zhang.
Zhang told his classmates to cherish those close relationships that were made in the small community and to realize how important they are to the future of each and every student.
Greenberg continued with an message regarding happiness, using Belinda Carlisle’s hit “Heaven is a place on Earth,” to tie it all together.
Greenberg emphasized the importance of realizing that when happiness is around you it should be embraced fully.
“Find heaven in those little inside jokes, that bite of key lime Chobani or running out under the lights on the field,” Greenberg said.
Greenberg ended her portion with a challenge to the graduating class.
“I challenge you to discover a piece of heaven on earth in whatever you embark upon,” she said.
Sandler and Lyons followed with speeches of appreciation and gratitude for their classmates and the entire community.
Sandler chose “Sweet dreams (are made of this)” by the Eurythmics to express how lucky she said she felt.
“We are so lucky to have grown up here,” said Sandler. “To work at the Baseball Hall of Fame and be in a class with the same people for twelve years.