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Posted August 17, 2011on:
Monday night I got to join the DC Cabaret Network’s monthly Open Mic.
These are delightful and warm community events, beautifully organized and hosted by local cabaret artist, and fellow DC Cabaret Network board member, Terri Allen.
Last night’s open mic was held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Jeff Tucker masterfully engineered the sound and Mary Sugar masterfully accompanied each singer who sang forth with an amazing variety of style.
I’ve decided to put two Singable Picture Books into my regular cabaret repertoire and worked on those last night:
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 Christine Lavin.
Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker
I tried the medley last night and “Both Sides Now” will make a lovely pairing with another of my favorite songs, “Here’s to Life.”
It was a lot of fun to get both songs up on their feet for the first time in front of friends. Both will require quite a lot of work, but I have faith that work will result in some really nice songs and stories to share.
Link to Michael Miyazaki’s CabaretDC blog post with the lineup of songs from all the singers:
DC Cabaret Network website:
Current DC Cabaret Network Newsletter:
SongSpeak.wordpress.com, the blog of the DC Cabaret Network:
Join DC Cabaret Network on Facebook:
I can’t help it. I seem to be genetically predisposed to fearing the worst…but deep inside I want to believe in the best.
Take this video, for example, which I first saw embedded in a post on my friend Michael’s wonderful blog:
Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC and Beyond
I’m sure that the video was intended to by entirely cynical, but I took away a nice commentary about the motivation of an artist. The protagonist says, “I just want to make people happy…. [Artists are] people who are sharing their gifts with the world and trying to make the world a better place.”
Pollyanna? Maybe! But when a crisis of confidence hits and I wonder “What in bloody heck am I doing?” it’s nice to remember that artful endeavors MATTER! Even the simple singing of a song can make someone happy. And even on the smallest scale, ART makes the world a better place.