John Gorka with students at the Perkins School for the Blind

John Gorka pays a visit to Perkins
07/29/2011 5:09 PM

Before his gig at the Newport Folk Festival, singer John Gorka paid a visit to Perkins School for the Blind. His song “Branching Out,” which includes the lyric “When I grow up I want to be a tree,” is a part of the Lower School chorus’s repertoire. The kids sang it to Gorka, and in return he taught them a Mississippi John Hurt song, “My Creole Belle.” During the Q&A that followed, Gorka said, “I find I can say things in music that I cannot say in words.” It was a sentiment that the Perkins students, many of whom express themselves in unconventional ways, appreciated.

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