Mark Brown's song a winner in sesquicentennial contest

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WALLA WALLA — The city’s sesquicentennial celebration has a sculpture, lyrics and now a song.

Judges for Artwalla’s sesquicentennial song contest unanimously chose Mark Brown’s musical piece to accompany lyrics by Squire Broel and David Walk, according to a news release.

Brown, of the Walla Walla Friend’s Network, also is a musician and composer.

“I wanted the song to be celebratory. It has a minor caste and a major caste. I wanted it to reflect the darkness as well as the light. I was going for a folky feel. I got that on my keyboard using a modified Travis picking style,” he said in the release

In addition to Brown, contestants included Candace Rose, Dwaine Watson, Crystal Walk, J.W. Torch Davis and Kris Wettstein, all of whom composed music and sang to the lyrics by Broel and Walk. Rick Phillips of the Walla Walla Recording Club, Greer Buchanan of ArtWalla and Squire Broel judged the submissions.

All the works will be featured on ArtWalla’s Facebook page over the next couple of weeks, according to the release.

“Looking Back Looking Forward” will debut Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Walla Walla’s Sesquicentennial Black and Gold Gala at Foundry Vineyards, 1111 Abadie St.

The main event of the evening will be the unveiling of Broel’s 12-foot bronze sculpture “Looking Back Looking Forward.”

Tickets to the event are $25 and are available at Book & Game Co., 38 E. Main St., at artwalla.eventbrite.com or by calling 301-0185.

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