Words and Music

By on 24 March, 2011 in Art, Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

March is coming to a close, and, if I remember right, it will go out like a lamb and bring some great spring weather. April is always a busy month and two events get Midtown’s eventful spring off to a good start.

Check your calendar for Thursday, April 7th, and mark the date for “The Old Alabama Town Revue.” Yep, Old Alabama Town is the happenin’ place these days and it is time for The OAT Revue again. This month the OAT Revue will be a “warm up” (to use music pro lingo!) for the Alabama Book Festival. Guest writers include award winning author Wayne Greenhaw and dynamic poet Susie Paul. The revue, which has been described as a “Deep South version of Prairie Home Companion,” also features cellist Clay McKinney.

In simpatico to the literary theme, I’ll be singing two literary-musical adaptations — one from Fair and Tender Ladies and one from To Kill a Mockingbird. The former, “It’s so Easy,” is from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival play, which was adapted from Lee Smith’s novel. Some of you may not know that Lee lived in Tuscaloosa for a while and wrote a column for the newspaper — thus I am happy to include songs adapted from Lee Smith’s novel in an Alabama writer celebration.

The song from To Kill a Mockingbird, “Home to Maycomb,” was written last year in commemoration of the Alabama Humanities’ recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Harper Lee classic. Both arrangements feature instrumentalist Clay McKinney and Tim Henderson. Other vocal numbers by Tim Henderson and Toni Wood-Meyers also focus on the writing theme and we all benefit from the cool strums of guitarist Bruce George. So come on down to the Old Church at Old Alabama Town at 7:00 on April 7th and have a fun night of “Words and Music.”

Speaking of words, the Alabama Book Festival is Saturday, April 16th at Old Alabama Town. In observance of “The Year of Alabama Music,” the book festival will also feature some singers-songwriters. So come one, come all, and enjoy spring breezes blowing, sunshine sparkling, authors reading from their works, singers singing, and guitar players picking. Capitol Book and News will have all the authors’ work available to purchase.

Take the time to get the authors to sign and personalize. I know it is hard, but think ahead about Mother’s Day and even Christmas (yes, I said Christmas) now. The Alabama Book Festival is major fun and a not-to-be-missed event.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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