Posts Tagged ‘Judy Simmons’
The Songs We Sang, 9/14/2010 at the Morrison House and 9/15/2010 at Theatre Lab Song Performance Class
Posted September 17, 2010on:
I am beside myself with excitement to begin working on the songs for “Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret.”
My wonderful director Judy Simmons and I have created a song list (always subject to change, however…the nature of the beast!) and song order for the show. This can be a painful process, having to leave out so much beloved material. We started from a stack of about 200 Singable Picture Book candidates and have arrived at a list of about 20.
Sing Books with Emily gatherings, open mics, and song performance/cabaret classes and private coaching sessions provide wonderful opportunities to work the songs on their feet.
MORRISON HOUSE, ALEXANDRIA VA, 9/14/2010
My friends Michael Miyazaki and Ron Rqueri invited me to the delightful Tuesday Night open mic held at the Morrison House in Alexandria, VA. The evening is hosted by Bob Smith who also gorgeously plays the piano in a fabulously skilled jazz/improvisational style. At his side is Bob Vetter who fills in the improvised arrangements by amazingly playing guitar, trumpet and melodica (WOW!!) and it is such a treat to sing when the sound is so skillfully set by Mr. Smith’s son Ed Smith. The room is elegant and the clientele is sophisticated. It was a wonderful night and I’m grateful to Michael and Ron for such a TREAT. I can’t wait to go again! It was especially fun to share a duet of “Thanks for the Memory” with Michael and a few Singable Picture Books:
New York State of Mind
Words and Music by Bill Joel
Illustrated by IZAK
Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan
Bob Smith has a fabulous website: http://www.bobsmithmusic.com/
Bob Smith and his son Ed Smith create a wonderful online radio show called InTune. You can hear their banter, recap of singers they host at the Morrison House and Serbian Crown restaurants and album reviews. It’s terrific. A recap of the outing to the Morrison House 9/14/2010 can be heard, here: http://bobsmithmusic.com/intune.html. Just scroll down to find 9/14/2010.
THEATRE LAB, WASHINGTON, DC, 9/15/2010, Song Performance Class taught by Judy Simmons
I take classes whenever I get the chance. Judy Simmons is a fabulous cabaret artist, teacher and coach. Last night began a 6 week “Song Performance” class. It’s fun to work with Judy because she works with each person on their own level, so everyone gets the coaching they need. I’m thrilled to be in the class and get the opportunity for extra coaching time with my show’s director (and dear friend).
Late for School
Words and Music by Steve Martin
Illustrated by C.F. Payne
“Sing Books with Emily, The Cabaret”, Receives a Spotlight Grant from the Arlington County Commisson for the Arts
Posted August 1, 2010on:
I am thrilled to announce that my project “Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” has been awarded a 2011 Individual Artist Spotlight Grant from the Arlington County Commission for the Arts.
This special cabaret is for FAMILIES, for children AND grown-ups to enjoy together, and will draw from the “Singable Picture Book” repertoire,
which is represented in the Singable Bookshelf Listing: http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/singable-books-a-working-list/.
The grant includes the recording of a CD with vocal tracks of songs in the show, a booklet with information on each song and its Singable Picture Book, and instrumental tracks so that children, parents, caregivers, and educators can sing the books themselves.
I am overjoyed and honored to have the opportunity to share the wonderful world of Singable Picture Books AND the wonderful Art Form of Cabaret, and since this project will be partly funded by the community, I will take great pleasure in sharing the process and progress in this blog.
My dear friend Judy Simmons is directing the cabaret with me and we are already hard at work narrowing the song list from the hundreds of potential candidates.
The first performance is due by end of June of 2011.
“Sing Books with Emily, the Cabaret” is supported in part by Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and the Arlington Commission for the Arts (www.ArlingtonArts.org).