The songs in my head this week, of course, are the songs I’m rehearsing for a concert called Beck’s Song Reader Performed Live. The show is next Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square (on the Red Line) at 8:00. Beck released his 2012 album Song Reader entirely as sheet music, and 150 of Boston’s best musicians, dancers, and performance artists will be presenting their interpretations of all 20 songs. My choir will perform an arrangement of one song a capella and provide accompaniment to four other songs.
Get your tickets now for $25/seat as this show is sure to sell out!
The choral centerpiece is a song called “The Wolf is on the Hill.” In this video, you may hear us rehearsing a couple of weeks ago. We sound even better now. At the end of this clip you can also hear a small portion of “Title of the Song” which is the grand finale of the concert.
The choir is also accompanying Sarah Ribdau and Peter Moore on their rendition of “Please Leave the Light On When You Go” and Peter Moore’s take of “Heaven’s Ladder”:
The choir is participating on a fifth song as well, “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard” by Molly Zenobia. This may be my favorite of all the songs I’ve heard, but you’ll have to take my word for it and come to the concert to hear it, because there is no demo.
Some other songs you will hear at the concert include:
- “Why Did You Make Me Care” by Mary Bichner:
- “Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings” by The Highland Drifters
- “Old Shanghai” by Mary Bichner
This barely scratches the surface, as there will be a dozen more songs plus choreographed dance performances for each number.
So buy your tickets now!!!
Next week, I will singing in a 50-person kick-ass choir as part of a concert called Beck’s Song Reader Performed Live. The show is next Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square (on the Red Line) at 8:00. Beck released his 2012 album Song Reader entirely as sheet music, and 150 of Boston’s best musicians, dancers, and performance artists will be presenting their interpretations of all 20 songs. My choir will perform an arrangement of one song a capella and provide accompaniment to four other songs. Get your tickets now for $25/seat as this show is sure to sell out!
I’ll be leading this Boston By Foot Tour of the Month of Davis Square in Somerville (which I also researched and co-wrote) on Sunday, July 29th from 2pm-3:30pm. Admission is $15 per person, $5 for members (and you can become a member on the day of the tour). No reservations needed, just show up a few minutes before 2 pm on Sunday at the plaza opposite Somerville Theatre.
Beer: Porter Square Porter
Brewer: Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company)
Rating: **** (8.3 of 10)
Comments: This is a nice porter. It’s a deep, chocolaty black with a thick, foamy head. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the taste is sweet with hints of cocoa and coffee. Seek this out!
Beer: Baby Tree
Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Source: 22 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.6 of 10)
Comments: The beer is reddish-brown with a thick head, although the head quickly dissipates and does not leave lacing behind. Sweet malts dominate the flavor with hints of fruits and kind of a caramel & alcohol aftertaste. The aroma is a bit too sickly sweet which is a little off-putting, but otherwise this is another brilliant beer from Pretty Things.
I’m generally skeptical about people posting links in this blog’s comments section asking me to promote things, but I took a moment to consider the following comment Frances Haugen on my Avenue of the Arts post. I looked into it and it appears that Artisan’s Asylum is legit and as a former Somervillian I’m all for supporting the arts. Since that comment had nothing to do with the Avenue of the Arts I’ve moved it to its own post for all the (admittedly limited) promotional power of Panorama of the Mountains has to offer.
Hi Liam -
There’s a new open-access community workshop in Somerville called the Artisan’s Asylum that is trying to make available all sorts of tools (think wood working equipment, welding tools, circuits, sewing machines) so that people can create the things they’ve always wanted to.
We’re trying to measure interest in different kinds of classes that might be offered in August/September and find out what kinds of things people would like to learn about. We’re trying to get as many people as possible to fill out our class interest survey – could you post a link to it on your blog?
The survey is at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/werelistening
Thank’s so much!
I promote a lot of tours on this blog, but if there’s one tour you must take this summer it’s the Exploring the Charles River Basin tour offered by Boston By Foot guides (including myself). The tour steps off at 2 pm on Sunday, July 26th from Nashua Street Park just opposite the exit from the Science Park MBTA station (exit away from the way to the Museum of Science. Admission for this tour is $15/person and $5 for card-carrying members of Boston By Foot. A great excuse for getting a membership now!
Not to frighten anyone off but this tour covers about two-miles of some-times rough ground with little protection from the elements. So come prepared with appropriate clothing and fresh liquids. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours but you can duck out pretty easily at the 90-minute mark.
While Exploring the Charles River Basin, you will:
- discover three brand-new parks that most people don’t know exist.
- history of the Charles River and its ever-encroaching banks
- hear mellifluous words like bascule, freshet, and sluiceway and find out what they mean too
- cross not one but two dams
- see the only city jail with a waterfront view and a park across the street
- ponder our litigious society
- find what remains of Miller’s River
- get a new perspective on the world’s widest cable-stayed bridge
- and without fail you’ll see all manner of transportation, roads, railways, bridges, and waterways
Come join us by the banks of the Charles River and find the Lost Half Mile!