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On Friday, June 14, 2013 Maggie’s Cabaret celebrated its 10 year anniversary with

MILESTONES: MAGGIE’S CABARET CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

It’s a not so secret secret among performers who have performed there that Maggie’s is the one of the best cabaret rooms in town.  Nowhere do you enjoy a warmer and more engaged audience.  Nowhere do you find a venue that is more supportive of  honest, authentic, personal interpretation of song.

I got to join a cast of  fabulous cabaret performers and musicians:

2013 06 Maggie's Milestones

Back row from left:
Justin Ritchie, Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus, Cindy Hutchins, Doug Bowles, Judy Simmons, Delores King Williams

Front row from left:
Alex Tang, Terri Allen, Steven Cupo, Mike Armstrong, George Fulginiti Shakar

Not Pictured:
Rev. Emily Guthrie

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THE EVENING’S PROGRAM OF SONG

With Alex Tang at the piano:

Doug Bowles sang:
There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth the Salt of My Tears
Words and Music by Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke

Terri Allen sang:
May I Suggest?
Words and Music by Susan Werner
(With backup vocals by Justin Ritchie)

Rev. Emily Guthrie sang:
Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered
Words by Lorenz Heart, Music by Richard Rodgers

Judy Simmons sang:
Broadway Baby
Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim

Judy Simmons and Delores King Williams sang a duet:
When October Goes (Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Barry Manilow) / Autumn Leaves (English Words by Johnny Mercer, Music by Joseph Kosma)

Delores King Williams sang:
This shall remain a surprise for those going to Signature Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret Series this summer, Delores sang a number from the Peggy Lee cabaret that she debuted at Maggie’s in Summer 2012 that she will soon perform as part of Signature Theater’s Sizzlin’ Summer Cabaret Series 2013.  All I can tell you is, go to Signature this summer and see her show!

Justin Ritchie sang:
Museums
Words and Music by Steven Lutvak

With George Fulginiti-Shakar at the piano:

Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus sang:
Defying Gravity
Words and Music by Stephen Schwartz

Steven Cupo sang:
Momma a Rainbow (Words by Hal Hackady, Music by Larry Grossman / If I Sing (Words by Richard Maltby, Jr., Music by David Shire)

Cindy Hutchins sang:
Just the Way You Look Tonight
Words by Dorothy Fields, Music by Jerome Kern

Cindy Hutchins and Mike Armstrong sang a duet:
You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me
Words by Al Dubin, Music by Harry Warren

Mike Armstrong sang:
Sometimes
Words and Music by Henry Mancini

Encore:
CABARET
Words by Fred Ebb, Music by John Kander

With both George and Alex together at the keys, the song was led by Steven Cupo with cast joining half way through, and audience joining towards the end:

Come taste the wine, come hear the band
Come blow your horn start celebrating, Right this way your table’s waiting
No use permitting some prophet of doom to wipe every smile away
Life is a cabaret old chum, Come to the cabaret

Come taste the wine, come hear the band
Come blow your horn start celebrating, Right this way your table’s waiting
Start by admitting from cradle to tomb, it isn’t that long a stay
Life is a cabaret old chum, Only a cabaret old chum
And WE love a cabaret!!!

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Some  Thoughts (published in the program) from the Producers of Maggie’s Cabaret

A word from Artistic Director Cindy Hutchins

I remember fondly when Mike Armstrong and I went over to our former rector’s home and proposed starting a cabaret series at St. Margaret’s. Susan Blue was enthusiastic and said “Let’s call it Maggie’s” and, obviously the name has stuck.

Maggie’s Cabaret presented its first cabaret evening on May 9, 2003. Titled “A Grand Night for Singing,” it featured the four section leaders from St. Margaret’s choir, at that time, with Dr. Theodore Guerrant at the piano. Since then there have been many grand nights of singing in our parish hall.

Tonight is the 30th. I can hardly believe it and am so very grateful to all the singers and pianists from Washington and NY who have given so generously of their time and talent. I am also extremely grateful to the clergy and staff of St. Margaret’s who assist me in making this happen approximately four times a year.

Then there’s Mike Armstrong, my friend and co-producer, who turns this space into a warm and welcoming cabaret hall by coordinating volunteers; buying food, drinks, and flowers; setting up sound, lights and our “stage;” and pulling together numerous other details while always being available to me for advice and brainstorming.

And then, of course, there’s you – St. Margaret’s famously warm audience. Thank you for embracing this series and for making this a place where performers want to perform.

We have 10 singers with us this evening. I purposely did not list the program so that you will have the fun of discovering who is singing tonight. Many, many thanks to all of them and to our pianists Alex Tang and George Fulginiti Shakar. We have the cream of the crop here this evening and I am so excited for you to hear everyone. Most all have sung at Maggie’s at least once in the past. Now please sit back and enjoy these wonderful singers and the songs they have chosen to share with you this evening.

A word from Managing Director Michael Armstrong:

What started as a conversation between the alto in the front row and the tenor in the back row of the St. Margaret’s choir has, unbelievably at times, resulted in a 10-year run of our wonderful Maggie’s Cabaret. When Cindy and I sang together in the choir, we would often grab lunch after and explore our mutual love of the great standards, the songs our parents played for us, and the desire to see a venue in DC that would increase the appreciation and exposure to the art form we call “cabaret.”

I really wasn’t aware that when I saw Bobby Short at the Carlyle, or listened to interpretations by Frank and Ella (and yes, Barbra!), or heard fresh presentations of Broadway tunes, that a whole “cabaret culture” existed. But over the years Cindy has made it a point to expose me to great performers at different shows in DC, and to very carefully select people to build our “brand” at Maggie’s. What a revelation, and what a thrill to hear a live singer, in a great space, close enough to sense their emotion and memorable enough to touch your heart.

Over the years we have seen overflow crowds, watched curious attendees turn into parishioners, and given countless people their first –but not last– exposure to this special thing called cabaret. When we started, the Parish Hall had not been renovated, and we used no microphones or special lighting. We were lucky to pull off one or two shows a year. Now we have four shows a year and a space that just shines. Our original goal of presenting good music and establishing St. Margaret’s as a friendly venue has been exceeded. Many thanks to our loyal volunteers, our donors, and our enthusiastic audiences. It has been a fast and remarkable 10 years!

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Maggie’s Cabaret at
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

1830 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20009
202.232.2995
email: info@stmargaretsdc.org
web: http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/

Cindy Hutchins, Artistic Director

Michael Armstrong, Managing Director

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St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church webpage about the event:
http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/parish-life/recent-events/milestonesmaggiescabaretcelebrates10yearsonjune14th

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I stole this picture from friend Justin’s online post.  He took a picture of the Maggie’s stage at the sound check before the show.  I still love the idea of the “empty space.”   The space here is empty, but oh the magic that was about to take place right there…

2013 06 maggie's soundcheck by justin

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Oh, What a Beautiful Day, Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret
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LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS, A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret, Friday, February 1, 2013
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A NEW SEASON: SONGS FOR SUSAN, June 4, 2010 at Maggie’s Cabaret
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Performer’s Note

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Before I began writing this blog in November of 2009, I performed my one-woman cabaret show IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE (music directed by the over-the-top fabulous Howard Breitbart) in June of 2009 at Maggie’s Cabaret and I am proud to have performed in at least 3 other group cabarets at Maggie’s in addition to the others listed here.  Maggie’s is a wonderful place and I wish it MUCH success and many, many more years and I hope that in those years, I’ll get to perform there lots and lots.  My heartfelt and jubilant congratulations to Michael and Cindy for their incredible work making it all happen and to the community at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church which has lovingly opened its arms to the artists of cabaret and has nurtured its neighborhood and congregation.

What a delightful evening we had at Maggie’s Cabaret on February 1st with the concert titled LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS, a cabaret-concert collaboration between Maggie’s Cabaret and the DC Cabaret Network.  It was a full house with folks standing in the back and a standing ovation at the end.  Everyone enjoyed an evening celebrating love with songs from many perspectives, styles and genres.  It was truly wonderful.

Proceeds from the event went to support St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.  Cindy Hutchins (Artistic Director of Maggie’s Cabaret) and Michael Armstrong (Managing Director of Maggie’s Cabaret) produced the evening and George Fulginiti-Shakar was Music Director and Accompanist.  Many thanks to the many volunteers who staffed the evening at St. Margaret’s.

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Cast of LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS: A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret
February 1, 2013
Photo taken by Otis Ramsey-Zoe
Back Row from Left:  Cindy Hutchins, Dorian Woodruff, Christy Frye, Eileen Warner, Emily Leatha Everson, Chris Cochran, George Fulginiti-Shakar
Front Row from Left:  Alex Tang, Pamela Jackson, Steven Cupo

I sang two songs from the Singable Picture Book repertoire, but songs that were originally written for grown-ups to enjoy!  Here’s what we all sang (in performance order):

Christy Frye
HAVE YOU GOT ANY CASTLES, BABY? (Music by Richard Whiting, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
I WISH YOU LOVE (Music and French Lyrics by Charles Trenet, English Lyrics by Albert Beach)

Chris Cochran
PART OF A PAINTING (Music and Lyrics by Benj Pesek and Justin Paul)
BENNY (Music by Arthur Johnston, Lyrics by Hal Vickery)

Emily Leatha Everson
RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU (Music by Arthur Schwartz, Lyrics by Howard Dietz)
GRANDMA’S FEATHER BED (Music and Lyrics by Jim Connor)

Dorian Woodruff
THE  MORNING AFTER (LEAVE) (Music by Zina Goldrich, Lyics by Marcy Heisler)
I CAN HOLD YOU (Music and Lyrics by David Friedman)

Eileen Warner
STORYBOOK (Music and Lyrics by Nan Knighton and Frank Wildhorn)
THE PROMISE (I’LL NEVER SAY GOODBYE) (Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman)

Pamela Jackson
DON’T KNOW WHY (Music and Lyrics by Jesse Harris)
KING OF ANYTHING (Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles)

George Fulginiti-Shakar and Alex Tang
WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD FROM YOU? (Music by Dennis Livingston, Lyrics by Bob Levy)

Steven Cupo
DOES ANYBODY LOVE YOU (Music and Lyrics by Bill Solly)
WITH YOU (Music by David Shire, Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.)

Cindy Hutchins
OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY (Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin)

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Rhode Island is Famous for You
Words by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Wrap-up about the event posted on the St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church website:
http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/parish-life/recent-events/maggies-valentine

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Personal story:

My dear friend George Fulginiti-Shakar not only Music Directed and Accompanied the event, but he also played the role of MC.  Before the show, he asked each person to fill out an index card with a few interesting facts about themselves.

I wrote:

My middle name is Leatha.  You pronounce it like “Lisa” with a lisp.  My great-grandmother’s name was Leatha.  Leatha spell checks (or at least it did for a long time in MS Word) to “Leather.”  Everson spell checks (or at least it did for a long time in MS Word) to “Evasion.”  So ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Emily Leather Evasion.

Please forgive me for this infraction, but this sort of thing makes me chuckle.  Especially since it is true.  I did not add that one of my dad’s pet names for me was “Lethal,” but there you are.  I do love my name, but like Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan, there’s not much I can do about the fact that it’s the name my mother gave me.

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I’ve been combing over the lyrics of the song  Rhode Island is Famous for You after an interesting conversation following a performance at Maggie’s Cabaret the other night.  Someone confronted me about the veracity of the lyric “Grand Canyons come from Colorado…”

I did some study on the lyric to justify it as it is (or to “agree to disagree” with it, knowing if it is incorrect and thereby relying on “the suspension of disbelief” to make it singable) and found that, though the Grand Canyon itself  is not in Colorado, the Grand Canyon (residing as it does in the states of  Arizona, Nevada and Utah) was created by the grinding waters of the Colorado River and that there are canyons in the state of Colorado which are indeed grand, therefore the lyric is good.

Then I thought about the plural:  Canyons.  The sheet music clearly prints “Canyons.”  It is not “The Grand Canyon” it is “Grand Canyons.”  That should have been my tip-off right there.  I’d immediately gone to study The Grand Canyon and then wondered about the canyons of Colorado  without going directly to the lyric as printed in the music.  Though I ended up in the right place, the first order of business should have been the printed music.

That gets me to a subject regarding the performance of the song: DICTION!  I do THINK of the lyric as plural and, at least in my head, sing “Canyons.”  I must have failed to make that “s” heard (or understood with my clarity of thought on the subject) since that “s” alone would have, or at least could have, cleared the question.

What I’m grateful for now, was the conversation alone.  The conversation was a good one (even if my understanding and my diction at the performance were not as good as they could have been) and now I fully understand the whole business.  I have a clear understanding (and visual images to illustrate the movie in my head) of that lyric and facts to back it up.  I also have gone back and looked at a finer point of the printed music…the plural “Canyons.”  That little “s” points the way to understand what’s going on here…not just one Grand Canyon, but any one of the many canyons that are grand in Colorado.

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
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UNITED STATES STATE CAPITALS SONG, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
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A HOLE IN MY RESEARCH REVEALED FOR RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU
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I’ve lost count of how many Sing Books performances I’ve been privileged to share over the last few years, but I’ve not stood up in front of a microphone to sing for grown-ups since about a year ago, which I get to do in a couple of days, something I’m very much looking forward to doing. That said, brushing up on a few performance reminders is always a good thing to do.

And, since I consider each Sing Books performance to be its own kind of cabaret performance, these reminders are extra helpful.

A few nuggets of advice from Master Teachers that I’ve collected over the years to remind me what Cabaret Singing IS…what it is all about:

  • Don’t forget that, regardless of your interpretation, the words and music must fit comfortably together. “Listen to your heart and just sing.” (Bob Harrington)
  • “Cabaret is about specificity.” (Wendy Lane Bailey)
  • “There is no fourth wall in cabaret. The fourth wall is the one you walk through to get into the room.” (Erv Raible)
  • “The performer is a guide through the story of the song.” Wendy Lane Bailey
  • Remember what George Fulginiti-Shakar said about rehearsing with taped music (or any accompaniment). Your job is NOT to follow the piano or accompaniment. Your job is to experience the song and express that experience to the audience.
  • “The central point remains: In cabaret, you’re doing much more than singing. You’re communicating through song.” (Bob Harrington)
  • Do all the homework. Work out for yourself what each word of the song means to you. Then TRUST and let it go. The influence of your work will be there. Sing from your heart.
  • Once you’ve done all the homework and rehearsed, approach each performance as an improv, an opportunity to tell the story new to a new group of people…as Tovah Feldshuh said “Write the performance not in stone, but in water.”
  • A cabaret song is “…expressing a burning thought that the singer needs personally to covey…” (Michael Miyazaki 090608 on cabaretdc.wordpress.com)
  • There should be no difference between the person who is standing backstage from the person who steps up the the mic (Lina Koutrakos)
  • TELL THE TRUTH (Lina Koutrakos)
  • Remember, though, “songs weren’t written to be spoken, and some things that work fine to music sound rather questionable as prose,” and “a lot of what makes a song work is coming from the singer, not the song.” [BH]
  • “There’s just as much that’s cerebral going on, and a lot of it occurs because constant repetition leads to the internalization of a song.” (BH)

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I’ve had the occasion lately to write up a few profiles and bios explaining what Sing Books is and why I’m doing.  I’m posting a couple of them here so that I can see them in print and maybe provide a few perspectives on what I’m actually doing here!  To me, the best way to explain it, is to DO it!

With Sing Books what matters most is the DOING.  But sometimes one must use words of explanation to get folks to come along for the experience.

Here are a couple of my latest attempts:

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A bio for “LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS: A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret” on Friday, February 1, 2013:

Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus is thrilled to be at Maggie’s again singing with dear friends. Emily’s live-performance program and blog SING BOOKS WITH EMILY synthesizes Emily’s experience in musical theater, cabaret, recital, motherhood and teaching and her love for research, song, and picture books. Emily performs her SING BOOKS WITH EMILY program many times a week at local schools and libraries and daily explores and chronicles the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books in her blog: www.SingBooksWithEmily.wordrpess.com.

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A bio for “SING BOOKS WITH EMILY at Reading a Family Affair (RAFA), Literacy Council of Northern Virginia” on Saturday, March 2, 2013.  This bio was written by one of the event organizers, but I liked it not written by me, using words to describe my program and experience that what I generally use:

The mission of Sing Books with Emily is to share the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books which combine the magical wonders of music, text, and illustration. Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus has been nominated for a 2010 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) ”Wammie” in the “Cabaret Artist” category. She premiered her show “Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” in June of 2011. In August of 2011, Emily returned to the Kennedy Center to perform in a Staged Reading of the new musical “Kris Kringle, the Musical” as part of the Page to Stage Festival.

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My new write up for the DC Cabaret Network Newsletter:

“SING BOOKS WITH EMILY” IN PERSON AND ONLINE AT SINGBOOKSWITHEMILY.WORDPRESS.COM
Emily Leatha Everson shares her unique program SING BOOKS WITH EMILY, synthesizing live performance, educational discussion, music and song through the vehicle of the Singable Picture Books.

Delve into the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books on Emily’s blog: http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/

I’m thrilled to share SING BOOKS WITH EMILY in many Elementary School classrooms each week, but I have a few public performances at local events and libraries coming up and would sure love so see you and the young ones in your life at these events:

      • SBWE at “Reading: a Family Affair (RAFA)” for Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 1-1:45 pm at James Lee Community Center
      • SBWE at 3 Prince William County Neighborhood Libraries in Summer 2013: Wednesdays at 10:30 am: June 26, 2013 (Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library), July 10, 2013 (Dumfries Neighborhood Library) and July 24, 2013 (Dale City Neighborhood Library)
      • SBWE at Independent Hill Neighborhood Library in Manassas, VA, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

If hyperlinks did not make their way to you through cyberspace, click here for venue addresses, links and additional info:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/emilys-upcoming-performances/

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EMILY’S UPCOMING (AND PAST) PERFORMANCES
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ABOUT SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
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No doubt about it, Grandma’s Feather Bed, is an all-time Sing Books blockbuster favorite.  All kids of every age ask for it.  But, why not?  It’s funny, fun, has a great beat, a loving subject, and a challenging-tongue-twisting chorus that is fun to hear, figure out and master.

I’m quite delighted for the chance to share GRANDMA’S FEATHER BED at a cabaret/concert in a couple of days and in the course of a doing a little extra research on the song, just to find out if anything new has popped up about the song in cyberspace, I ran across this adorable animated video, illustrating GRANDMA’S FEATHER BED (with soundtrack sung by the great John Denver),


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtKWdyGevmw

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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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I get to sing this song at the following event:

LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS

A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret

Friday, February 1, 2013

Doors open at 7:15 when you can enjoy a free glass of wine and snacks that come with your ticket
Show starts at 8

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
1830 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20009
202.232.2995
email: info@stmargaretsdc.org
web: http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/

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LOVE STORIES: IT TAKES ALL KINDS

A Valentine Cabaret at Maggie’s Cabaret

Friday, February 1, 2013

Doors open at 7:15 when you can enjoy a free glass of wine and snacks that come with your ticket
Show starts at 8

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
1830 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20009
202.232.2995
email: info@stmargaretsdc.org
web: http://www.stmargaretsdc.org/

The next Maggie’s Cabaret, held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC will take place on Friday evening, February 1st. Come, bring a friend, and celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early.  Members of the DC Cabaret Network, including Emily Gleichenhaus,  Chris Cochran, Steve Cupo and others, will share songs dedicated to all kinds of Valentines.

George Fulginiti Shakar will musical direct and accompany.

Doors open at 7:15 pm and the songs start at 8:00. A donation of $20 goes to the church’s general fund and includes a glass of wine or soda and light refreshments. Leave behind the cold February night for the warmth of Maggie’s.

Hope to see you there!

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VALENTINE’S DAY
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this collection of Singable Picture Books which express one person’s love for another.

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/singable-picture-books-celebrating-love-for-valentines-day/

It was a big week for Sing Books with 11 performances in the Tuckahoe Elementary School classes of Mr. Grasso (3), Ms. Campbell (K), Ms. Morgan (K), Ms. Everett (K), Ms. Mason (K), Ms. Allen (2), Ms. Howard (2), Mr. Mitchell (K), Ms. Strickland (3) and I got to visit Ms. Anctil’s  Kindergarten class at the Claremont School!

In each of the classes, we sang a selection of songs from the books listed below in no particular order:

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In honor of the Presidential Inauguration which will happen on Monday just over the river from Arlington, VA (and the reason why children in Arlington have Monday off), we sang the The Presidents Name Song with,

The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States
Text by Alice Provensen
Sing with Sing Books with Emily’s ”The Presidents Name Song”
Illustrated by Alice Provensen
ISBN978-0-670-01252-7
Sing Sing Books with Emily’s The Presidents Name Song with the melody sing-along track, here:
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More information about the song, here:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-presidents-name-song-a-singable-picture-book/ 

Benjamin Franklin Founding Father
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Sing to the Tune of “Ode to Joy” (by  Ludwig van Beethoven)
Illustrated with Online Images of Artwork by Various Artists
View or print a copy of this book, with my compliments, here:
Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Song Book by ELEG for SBWE

To hear how the song goes, here’s a little scratch recording of me singing the song (into my little digital recorder),
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/benjamin-franklin-founding

This book is intended for use at home or in the classroom only. 

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Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Tedd Arnold

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Amoeba Hop
Words and Music by Christine Lavin
Illustrated by Betsy Franco Feeney
This book features a study of amoeba life, printed music and a live recording of “Amoeba Hop” by the amazingly hilarious and talented singer/songwriter

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A My Name is ALICE
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Jane Bayer
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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We sang this in French and English and talked about how it’s a song from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I,”

Dites-Moi
Words (in English) by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated with Artwork by Student of Tuckahoe Elementary School
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this booklet, click here:
dites-moi SPB eng SBWE ELEG 07 2011

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We sang this with the American Sign Language Alphabet,

A-You’re Adorable
Words and Music by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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Yellow Submarine (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Illustrated by Cathy Holly

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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Poem by Eugene Field
Music by Various Artists (Including Carly and Lucy Simon)
Illustrated by Giselle Potter

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Who is on the United States Money Song
Sing to the Tune of the Can-Can
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Hear the song and sing-along with Emily at this link:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/who-is-on-the-us-money-song

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or leave a comment to this post.

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
Published in: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Traditional Tune, Same as “ABC Song” and “Baa Blacksheep
Words by Lewis Carroll
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Click here to view or print the book:
twinkle bat book
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat along with me, here:
http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/twinkle-little-bat-eleg-2010

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Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN 978-1-936140-00-8

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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK

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Mail Myself to You
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home and library use only.

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Love Me Tender
Words Elvis Presley, Vera Matson (credited),  Ken Darby (uncredited)
Music by George R. Poulton
Illustrated by Tom Browning

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Late for School

Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne
Published by Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, New York, 2010
ISBN 978-044-6-55702-3

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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)
Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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United States State Capitals Song
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

If you are interested in a copy of this book, please email: SingBooksWithEmily.att.net, or lave a comment to this post.

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I like to sing Rhode Island is Famous for You as a follow up to Fifty Nifty States and/or United States State Capitals Song since it expounds on the states and adds a fresh/fun/funny perspective.

Rhode Island is Famous for You
Words by Howard Dietz
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
Words and Music by Jeff Moss
Pictures Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

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All God’s Critters
Words and Music by Bill Staines
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2009
ISBN 987-0-689-86959-4

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CARLY SIMON
The Singable Picture Books of Carly Simon
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-singable-picture-books-of-carly-simon/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Singable Picture Books of Songs by Elvis Presley
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/elvis-week-singable-picture-books-of-songs-by-elvis-presley/

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FAVORITE SINGABLES ON PINTEREST
Of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of choices, this list onPinterest displays the top blockbuster favorite Singable Picture Books that we warble together at Sing Books visits:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

Singable Picture Books of Rodgers & Hammerstein Songs
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/10/a-few-favorite-singable-books-part-59-rodgers-hammerstein/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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SONGS BY EMILY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/songs-by-emily/

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TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR

The song, the poem, and its spin-offs!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/twinkle-little-star-the-song-the-list/

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WOODY GUTHRIE
The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-singable-picture-books-of-woody-guthrie/

I found a little stash of performance photos the other day (posted on 3/12/2012) and that find sent me on a trip down memory lane and I just kept going.  But the reminiscence leads me to muse on how each person’s unique experience can combine to make something new and useful for the world.  This is how many facts of my life have combined to create my Sing Books with Emily program and blog.

I got to thinking about how I’d ended up Singing Books and realized that most of my life experience has led me here and prepared me for this project.   My theatre experience as a student and professional performer, experiences in training and as a professional vocal and cabaret performer certainly prepared me for Sing Books.

But there’s a lot more to it than just that. My Paternal Grandmother (Grace Evangelyn Morgan Everson, who I called “Penny”) was a second grade teacher at John Strange Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN for THIRTY YEARS!  Penny taught me to love stories and books and she read many wonderful books to my sister and I.  Also, my Maternal Great Aunt (Florence Geisler, who I called “Aunt Flossie”) was a career elementary school educator and Professor at Butler University.  Penny and Aunt Flossie were fantastic teachers!  Education is in my DNA.

In my first two college summers, I worked at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.  It was an incredible experience that has informed quite a few things for Sing Books.  One vital experience was that I got my first introduction to the art of story telling.  One of the exhibits in the museum was about how many cultures around the world practice the art of oral story telling and the museum needed someone to tell stories for visitors.  I jumped at the chance.  The exhibit curators gave me a packet of stories to learn and then I got to call groups together within the exhibit and tell the stories, many of which required audience participation.  It was so easy to learn in that situation how a story ENGAGES people (regardless of creed, race or anything else).  We should not underestimate the power and importance of story-telling, especially when done in a live personal experience (and especially, in my opinion, when set to music).

Post University, I got to spend a great couple of years performing in Indianapolis theatres (Indiana Repertory Theatre and Starlight Musicals Indianapolis).  Then, I moved to NYC late in 1992.  I did end up performing a little and took classes at the amazing HB Studios on Bank Street in the Village.  But, I’ve come to realize that my time at Microsoft Corporation NYC (in my first office job ever starting in early 1993) as an Administrative Assistant and as an Events Planner (at Microsoft and later at AIG) helped me learn to organize and document this vast subject of Singable Picture Books in this blog and to create my own SPBs using my PC.  I had no idea what to do with a computer before I started working at Microsoft.  Also at Microsoft, I became very involved with the local community, facilitating heaps of dollars worth of software donations (to organizations like The New York Public Library, Children’s Friends for Life, Crossroads Theatre Company, and many more), and working with young people in the community by organizing Microsoft’s participation in events like “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” “Cooks for Kids (Children’s Friends for Life)” and as President of the World Wide Plaza Student Outreach organization.  Kudos, of course, to Microsoft for its company giving policy to allow for these donations!  These community efforts have always been very important to me, “acting locally” and using my skills and talents to improve the community for young people.

Another important effort for me was for two years serving as a lunchtime reader with the “Everybody Wins” program.  What a fabulous organization that is, with a charming and vitally meaningful mission.  I read with a little girl named Lumi at PS 111 for two years at lunchtime, once a week.  It was fun and a great experience for the both of us. The experience also solidified my belief and understanding of the benefits of reading (or singing) books with children.

Things changed and I moved onto a new job as Events Planner at AIG, which is where I met my husband Charlie.  We soon got married and set up house in Washington, DC and not long after that Mo and Eloise were born.  Beginning to collect picture books for them, I accidentally noticed that a few were created from songs when I started singing books to my children. Going to look for more, snowballing the efforts over the years to collect and sing the songs, along with my need to know everthing possible about the songs and books in order to feel qualified to sing them, led to the creation of the blog.  I started the blog to house and share the info and personal experience I was able to gather about the songs contained in the books.

Around the same time that Charlie and I moved to DC, I began to take voice lessons again and study the art of cabaret through the DC Cabaret Network (and serving as a member of the Board of Directors from 2005-2012) and learned about telling stories with song, singing directly to the audience in a kind of conversation, singing from a personal point of view (instead of from a character) and singing honestly and authentically (as opposed to “selling” the song as I’d often been advised to do).  I found the medium of performance that was so in tune with how I wanted to perform and one that fit my needs as a stay-at-home mom.

And then it all came together, Sing Books has turned out to be a joyous synthesis of everything:  children, education, community, theatrical-cabaret-vocal performance, and books.  What fun it all is and I’m so grateful for the chance to share it all.

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Sing Books with Emily and the DC Cabaret Network (and What the DC Cabaret Network Means to Me)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/sing-books-with-emily-and-the-dc-cabaret-network/

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TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC AND THE INDY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM CAROUSEL
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/teddy-bears-picnic-a-singable-picture-book/

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CHARLES NELSON REILLY AND MY FIRST CABARET (AT HB STUDIOS)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/charles-nelson-reilly-and-my-first-cabaret/

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I feel so deeply, so passionately about my program Sing Books with Emily.  In many ways my entire life experience has come together in it.  Everything from babysitting, substitute teaching, working at the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis to being a parent and performing in plays, musicals and cabaret have helped facilitate the effort.  And, importantly, being an active member of the DC Cabaret Network (DCCN) and serving on its Board of Directors was (and continues to be) essential to the creation of the Sing Books project.  I am incredibly grateful to DCCN for the opportunities it has given me to learn and perform.  DCCN has also given me the chance to meet, work with and learn from a fabulous group of talented people.  And, thanks to the DC Cabaret Network’s offerings, my ideas for Sing Books with Emily were able to germinate and grow.

I was on the board of the DC Cabaret Network for nearly 7 years and will, of course, continue as an active member.  Thinking back over the years that I have studied the Art of Cabaret (and will continue to study and will always consider myself a student), reminds me of what an incredibly important role the DC Cabaret Network has played in my life as a performer and the indispensable role DC Cabaret Network played in helping me create Sing Books with Emily, which has miraculously turned into something special for my community.  I believe in my heart that the program is not just entertaining and enriching for the children, but that it is also important for conveying and enlivening musical heritage.

Without the DC Cabaret Network, Sing Books simply would not be. The Sing Books “experience” involves me sitting, Singable Picture Book in hand, before a group of children and performing songs LIVE, singing directly to the children (or any person of any age who happens to be there), from a personal point-of-view, sharing the words and music and everything I know and understand about the songs.  Factual information and my own life experience combine to give me something to say in introducing the songs and, of course, inform the performances themselves. In other words, in my mind at least, Sing Books is in many ways a “cabaret” experience but which also just happens to employ Singable Picture Books and is most often performed in classrooms.

Most of what I learned about cabaret and the personal style of reaching out to others with song (conveying personal experience while simultaneously participating in the history of our musical heritage) came to me in one way or another though the funnel of the DC Cabaret Network.  DC Cabaret Network provides many benefits to its members, including performance opportunities at Open Mics, a newsletter with information about cabaret performances and classes, salons, workshops, and the chance to establish relationships with other performers, directors, musicians, and teachers.

The DC Cabaret Network is facilitated by a group of 5-7 volunteers who are steeped in the world of professional musical performance and who bring to the table their passion, time, energy, experience and considerable skills and talents, talents which are not exclusively musical.  Other skills frequently employed include the ability to cooperate as an ensemble and establish consensus, the ability to be forward thinking, resourceful and creative in solving problems, as well as skills like perseverance, organization, communication, writing, and technology.

It is important to note that the DC Cabaret Network is FACILITATED by the Board of Directors, but the organization itself is not just the Board of Directors.  The DC Cabaret Network is a NETWORK of people who all have similar interests, and in the sharing of those interests they find ways to grow, experience, explore and learn about their craft TOGETHER.  People in the network don’t just wait for things to be provided, they work and play together inside and outside the structure of the network and its membership to make new things happen.

Like so many things in life (including the artistic adventure of the art of cabaret itself), the DC Cabaret Network is exactly what each person makes of it for him or herself.  It is exciting to see what so many of its members have done using experience and relationships gained through DCCN as a launch pad to create new projects.  Many shows, workshops and performances would not have happened unless DC Cabaret Network had been there.  The Sing Books with Emily project (the blog, performance program and the cabaret) is just one example.

I stepped down from the board a few months ago in order to devote more time to my Sing Books with Emily projects, but my heart will always be IN the Network.  I give the DC Cabaret Network (the organization and all its members) my deepest gratitude and I look forward to participating more and more in the many opportunities to stand up and perform and learn and associate with so many like-minded, cabaret-loving friends.

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Web Page for DC Cabaret Network:
http://dccabaretnetwork.org/

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SONGSPEAK, the blog of the DC Cabaret Network, here:
http://songspeak.wordpress.com/

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