Christmas Classics

By on 16 November, 2017 in Karren Pell, Music with 0 Comments

When I started working on the 2017 Old Alabama Town Revue Holiday show, I had this idea of presenting a lot of new songs. But I hit some resistance. My friend, fellow band member, and all around co-conspirator Toni Wood counseled that people expect certain songs for certain holidays and are disappointed if they don’t get to hear those songs. Well, Heaven and all the Principalities forbid that the OAT Revue Crue be disappointing. Bet ole Rudolph’s shiny red nose – we aim to please! And so, ladies and gentlemen – you are enthusiastically invited to gather at the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town at 7 p.m. on December 7 to join in the rivalries of the Old Alabama Town Revue’s Holiday show, “Christmas Classics.”

I will lead out with the Bill Monroe Blue Grass standard, “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’.” Beloved hubby, fellow band member, and all around great guy Timothy Henderson keeps telling me as we practice, “It’s A-COMIN’, Karren – not “coming.” So I’m working on it. In addition, I do understand about tradition and expectations, but I did write a last verse just for us here in Montgomery. I just can’t help myself. Tim Henderson will sparkle with a Christmas ukulele tune, “Mele Kalikimaka.” Like me, Tim added a little something original to the song inspired by our trip to Honolulu this year. Rockin’ Larry Gobrecht is going to croon “White Christmas” and, following a Bing Crosby arrangement, Toni and I get to sing a verse in harmony. Audience members can feel free to sing along too! And, as we always say (because it’s the truth), it just wouldn’t be Christmas without Toni rendering, “Please Come Home for Christmas,” and so she will!

We also have some very classic guest stars. Bruce, George and Toni are going to treat us to “Santa Baby,” and Debbie George will rock us out with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Bruce will also take the lead on everyone’s favorite southern Christmas classic, “Christmas in Dixie.” Barbara Weidemann will wow us with some awesome poems on the holiday spirit. And we can count on Stephen Bray to deliver the country song “Pretty Paper” with a classic performance.

Big drummer boy Anthony Castaldo will keep us all in time (it’s no easy feat, folks). The church will be decorated; we will all be happy, merry, and bright. Come and join in with the Old Alabama Town Revue’s “Christmas Classics” show at 7 p.m. on December 7, in the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town.

Oh, I almost forgot. The Old Alabama Town Revue CD, “The Song Challenge,” makes a great gift and will be on sale that night, and you can get it signed and personalized by the whole Revue Crue. See you there, 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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