One World Consort and guest Laura MacKenzie perform special arrangements of Celtic-inspired music, drawing upon traditions from Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Cape Breton, and beyond along with OWC's diverse repertoire from a broad range of musical traditions.
One World Consort and guest Celtic musician, Laura MacKenzie
Sunday, February 26, 2017
7:00 PM (doors at 6:30)
Tickets $20 at the door, $16 in advance
Under 18: $6 at the door, $4 in advance
Available online at vitalculture.com or by phone: 612-874-8892
(Advance Ticket Link: http://www.vitalculture.com/events/detail/3312)
The Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55104
When I consider accomplishments, I don’t usually consider what I’ve done. We all accomplish great things during our lives, but we seldom reflect on these things, because we did, do and will do what we feel we must do, so there’s a bit of an ‘aw shucks’ reaction on our part when we get complimented on something we’ve done that was well received. It’s called the “Eye of the Storm” syndrome.
Mark Jensen. What can I say about Mark Jensen? Well, he’s a pretty nice guy, and a pretty gifted playwright/lyricist, easy to work with, especially when I want to shape lyrics…such an agreeable fella. We’ve done a good deal of work together over the years. Mark and I were first brought together by Richard Hitchler waaaaayyyyy back in…(when WAS that, Mark, 1995? Richard?) while Richard was Artistic Director of my incubator institution, SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development in St Paul. Richard was a vigorous and vocal advocate of original work, and he threw Mark and I in a room together (metaphorically speaking, of course) and said “Don’t come out until you’ve finished!” (Rather like Richard Rodgers with Lorenz Hart.)
Well, I reckon it was only a matter of time before I had a chance to really embarrass myself regarding my organizational skills...
I recently got an email from the Artistic Director of CLASS ACT THEATRE of Champaign, IL,
requesting a license for “Snow White and Several Dwarves” by Randy Sue Latimer (and my bad self)
waaaaaaay back in 1995. The email requested a response when ‘Snow White’ was ready to be licensed. (!) Hmmm, I thought, where did they get the idea it WASN’T ready to be licensed? Turns out I had noticed, 3 years ago, that all of the production music was missing along with the charts. So now it’s scramble-time. I need to rewrite all of the charts, record all of the production music, and sing the demo vocal for all of the songs. But wait…there’s less…more…I discovered a song I hadn’t ever written for the show, an evil little tune sung by Floribunda, called “She’s Soooo Nice”. And then there were the 3 reprises…one has to wonder, how did this show EVER get produced with one of the break-out songs utterly absent from the score ?! (I have no recollection of writing it…uh oh…)
There is a silver lining of sorts, however. When this was written in 1995, technology, compared to now, was quite archaic. So I’m enjoying re-recording the music with the added ‘oomph’ that current software tools allow. I promised this music by the 22nd. Guess I’d better get to work. So the re-recorded song will be “Everybody Wants To Be a Dwarf” (Video) and this new recording will replace the demo version on the “Snow White” M4YA web page just so we have something to look at when we listen to the song. I sang all the vocal parts (only five dwarves/dwarfs, mind you). Using this crazy software called Logic Pro (the parent of Garage Band). Garage Band is so incredibly easy to use, by the way, that it has given me pause to consider the idea that we (M4YA) could provide a “Garage Band” multi-track so parents could have their young ‘uns make a recording of them singing these songs. Now THAT sounds like FUN!
Everyone, thank you for your support throughout this crazy 2016, we’re on our feet and heading to the mountain, we expect great things in 2017. You’ll be hearing much more from us (more than you may want to know, but hang in there) , adding shows, opportunities, and arts-related news as we head into this new year.
So, take good care, everybody, have a grand holiday season, I intend to lay off the blogs and videos until after the first of the year, but since I seem to be getting the hang of it, heck, maybe once a week! (Kidding…).
Great postcard below for the holidays created by my dear friend and colleague, Gregory Bitz. Enjoy!
Trust me, this is all going somewhere, forgive me if at first it appears to be circuitous…and then continues to be.
I think it’s time to regale Randy Sue Latimer and talk about how easy (and by, contrast, how difficult) it can be to write music for an existing lyric.
Randy and I first met somewhere in the neighborhood of 1983, when we were both having a go at an Illusion Theatre project (Bonnie Morris, Michael Robins) in Minneapolis. She was an actress, I was a VERY green theatrical composer working on an AIDS-education-touring project).
RUBY!: THE STORY OF RUBY BRIDGES
by Christina Ham
Book and lyric by Christina Ham
Music by Gary Rue
“The story of a young girl struggling on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement in 1960 New Orleans, learns first hand about the importance of education, friendship, and courage as she bravely attends one of the nation's first integrated schools. Ruby is a true inspiration whose story is as relevant today as ever.”
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The Road To Ruby!: A series of seemingly unconnected events…
From Gary Rue
October 20, 2016
My first attempt at a blog. (I’m told by my team that this will be a good thing for exposure; I look at it more as reminding myself of how I got into this in the first place, and how dearly I love it, and how to share that passion, which, I would guess, is the same thing, now that I think of it) My intent is to show where M4YA came from, what’s goin’ on, and what might be in the offing M4YA, some thoughts about the creative process, and commentary on the theatre world in general.