A New Year at Old Alabama Town

By on 14 January, 2015 in Karren Pell with 2 Comments

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 11.50.30 AMOne of my dogs woke me in the night last week. I dutifully took him out. I figured he knew how to conduct his business so I saw no need to supervise. Instead I looked up. The clear, winter, sky magically shimmered. A pale, silver, full moon – the wolf moon – hung low, and a low, red star (Jupiter, I think) pulsed nearby. I could see the stars and moon clearly even with the light pollution of street lamps and radio/TV towers looming over our neighborhood here in Capitol Heights. There were messages for me in that night sky.

Although in the middle of the city, it was quiet. Winter quiet. Snow quiet without the snow. I thought about life long ago and how the dead of winter was a restful time — a quiet time to reflect and prepare for spring. But this is neither a restful nor quiet time for me, and that is the good New Year’s news I want to share: The Old Alabama Revue Crue is recording a CD! Drummer Anthony Castaldo is recording us in his studio, Echo 7. We are recording the original music we are writing for this year’s Old Alabama Town Revues. In October, we wrote blues songs about Montgomery; for the holiday show, we wrote songs about holiday joy and libations. Our upcoming show on February 5, sends out a songwriting challenge for songs with the phrase “about love” in them.

The sky held other information for me. The wolf moon, the first full moon after the winter solstice, gets its name from the wolves howling in deep winter. Some say they howl from hunger. But other traditions say they are communicating–telling other wolves about food, shelter, danger. Of course, one obvious correlation between the OAT Revue and the wolf moon is vocalization. Yep, we’re gonna be singing — crooning, howling! A web site that provides rather New Age philosophy gave me this advice from “Avia”: “Communicate with your pack to help you with your challenges.” I think that is what any artist really does — communicates. So I am happily howling with my pack and pleased about this recording as a way to increase the OAT Revue Crue’s communication.

Jupiter was also symbolic. Jupiter is the star of opportunity and manifestation (to name just two elements). I certainly have been the beneficiary of the opportunity that Landmarks and Old Alabama Town have made available to me to perform in the Old Church. The Revue has grown into a full band that performs original music, and that is one of the best manifestations I could have hoped for. Jupiter is also the main planetary influence on my birth sign, Sagittarius, how about that?

So I want to take this opportunity in the New Year to thank our loyal audiences, Marion Babb, Bob McNeil, Carole King, and Landmarks for allowing me to perform and grow in the Old Church at Old Alabama Town. Kudos go out to the cast members: guitar, fiddle, and mandolin player, singer-songwriter Tim Henderson (some of us can do anything); singer-songwriter Toni Wood, and bassist Marty Martin. New members have taken us to new levels and I much appreciate them: guitarist-singer Larry Gobrecht, drummer Anthony Castaldo, and singer-songwriter-guitarist Stephen Bray. A special thank you goes to the Pellets: Terry Woolsey, Terry Sweeney and Tom Huber.

Our first new show of the New Year is Thursday night 7 p.m. on February 5. We will be in the Old Church on Columbus Street. It will be fun to see what the muses provide for the theme for the show, a nod to the upcoming Valentines Day. Originals written for the show and the CD will have “about love” in them and then we’ll throw in some old faves too.

Come celebrate a new year, new music, about love. And don’t forget your cushion!

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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  1. Lisa says:

    Heyyyy Karren!
    If I write about pottery gone bad but I love it anyway, will you sing it? XD

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