Light and Love

By on 17 January, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The Old Alabama Town Revue’s first show in 2018 is on February 1 – the day before Groundhog Day. However, we are songwriters and thus romantics, so in February we are bound to think of Valentine Day. Therefore the Old Alabama Town Revue Crue will celebrate both Groundhog Day and Valentine Day with the theme, “Light and Love.”

You may think that singing about a groundhog is an unusual activity, but Tim Henderson has a brand new song about Groundhog Day AND love (nothing kinky, mind you). My song is from a Nashville performance some years ago where a bunch of my songwriter friends and I presented an entire musical night featuring all original songs about Groundhog Day. These two songs will do justice to ole Puxatawney Phil.

And, just for your education and entertainment, I would be somewhat amiss to not mention Alabama’s seasonal prognosticators. First there is Sand Mountain Sam who is an opossum. Then there is Birmingham Bill, a groundhog, who lives at the Birmingham zoo, and will be the star of a variety of programs on his special day. Last, but certainly not least, we have Carole King’s favorite, Smith Lake Jake. Jake’s handler says he is not an early riser. He usually shows up around 10:00. Also, he does not use his shadow to make the big prediction. Instead, (his handler explains) if the hairs on his tail stand up we should all prepare for more winter; if Jake appears calm and happy, spring is on the way. So there you have it. At this writing no songs have been composed about Sam, Bill or Jake, but when you are dealing with groundhogs, possums, and songwriters, anything is possible.

Before we get to the love song segment of the show, guest artist Stephen Bray will render Hank’s “I Saw the Light.” I know that the light Hank’s song refers to is not the same as that sought by Phil (and Sam, Bill, or Jake) but since we are singing about looking for the light we couldn’t resist this fine Hank tune.

The love song segment of the show took a transcendent turn featuring songs about both higher love and romantic love. Toni Wood renders the caritas portion of the show with two standards: “Get Together” and “What the World Needs Now.” Feel free to sing along.

Cupid’s segment is well represented with Larry Gobrecht crooning “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” and “Eight Days a Week.” Tim renders two old faves, “Nevertheless,” and “Have a Little Dream on Me.” Guest artist Stephen Bray will add the whipped crème and cherry with his original love song, “Always.” Tony Castaldo will keep us on the beat–if not to the beat of our hearts, then at least to the beat of the song at hand.

There may be other surprises. After all, with light and love, possums and groundhogs, spring and winter, and a bunch of songwriters who knows what might happen?

This performance also marks the year anniversary of the premier of the OAT Revue Crue’s CD, “The Song Challenge.” Copies will be available, and you can get it signed and personalized that night (by members of the Crue – Sam, Phil, Bill, and Jake have other responsibilities).

See you at the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town for the Old Alabama Town Revue’s “Light and Love” show at 7:00. Come and be a part of fun. Like I said, anything could happen.

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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