Archive for December 2012

ONE OF THE FOREMOST HARMONICA PLAYERS OF OUR TIMES

Chicago on a Friday night.  Always wanted to hear the music at Kingston Mines – a blues bar “extraordinaire” in Chicagoland.  Last Friday, I witnessed some of the best blues I have ever heard. Kickin’ 6 string bass player, major league drummer, rippin’ guitar player and a harp player harnessed in a shoulder strap that…

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PRESENTING THE GIFTS

“When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 In Chicago last night, as a…

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SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE

Rolling Stone magazine shared, “Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live opened without introduction on the smiling faces of The New York Children’s Chorus singing a stunning, beautiful rendition of “Silent Night.” Regardless of whether the performance was written as a last-minute salute to the youngsters lost on Friday, or a pre-planned bit meant to…

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A GUIDE AND COMPASS FOR GREAT PERFORMANCES

Polaris Prize winning Montreal band Patrick Watson was interviewed on “Q” last week with Giom Ghomeshi.  A singer in Revv52, Barb Fabijan-Waddell shared this quote from the interview.  Regarding performance in front of a live audience: “We’re just trying to give ourselves goosebumps.  That’s a strict rule with us.  Whatever gives us goosebumps is our…

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THE GIFT OF MUSIC

I remember her excitement as a young singer when she approached me after she heard the song “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones for the first time.  Whitney Barham was inspired by this singer and the song. The Calgary Herald Obituary column in late August 2006 read: “BARHAM _ Whitney Victoria 1985 – 2006 Suddenly…

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