Chords For Kids spread Valentine’s cheer with music

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Valentine’s Day brings about a variety of deliveries: some send flowers, others send cards, but with the student service organization Chords for Kids, individuals can send their loved one a live performance.

The organization, founded two years ago by senior neuroscience major J.B. Martin, held its annual “Songs For Your Sweetie” fundraiser on campus Monday and Tuesday.

Buyers sent the group to perform for students, faculty and staff members for a fee of $4 per song or $5 for a song and a carnation.

Senior nursing major Spencer Heath said the group had a long list of songs for individuals to choose from and that he enjoyed getting the opportunity to embarrass professors.

This year, the organization performed for Chancellor Victor Boschini.

“It was awesome; he enjoyed it,” Martin said. “We sang ‘My Girl,’ and we replaced some of the lyrics with ‘Victor Boschini.’”

Boschini said he had a student in his office at the time of the group’s arrival, but, not wanting to keep the group waiting, the student insisted the group come in and perform.

“I thought they were phenomenal; it was a great pick-me-up,” Boschini said.

Martin said the group sang to approximately 50 people during this year’s event and raised about $300. He said the group plans to use the money to purchase new equipment it needs, such as a bass guitar and a public address system.

Chords for Kids also performs for KinderFrogs once a week and the group tries to perform at both Cook Children’s Medical Center and the Child Study Center once a week, Heath said.

The group meets at 8 p.m. every Monday in Ed Landreth Hall Room 113 and welcomes any student who wishes to participate, Martin said.

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