The Union Recorder

January 7, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: Caroline Aiken coming to Allen’s Market

The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — “When I want you in my arms, When I want you with all your charms, Whenever I want you all I have to do is dream...”

Well, it’s another slow time in terms of broadsides concerning upcoming events. The problem is — there just isn’t much coming up.

But let me fill in a few columns of newsprint.

My own merry band of community thespians, the Milledgeville Players, will put on the annual murder mystery dinner (MMD) pretty darn soon. We are still making some final arrangements, so I am hesitant on divulging too many details at this point.    

But this should be taking place in late February or possibly early March.

My next column will definitely have some details regarding this always entertaining evening of food, drama and murder, including dates, locations, and MMD themes.  So stay tuned.

One of the next events that I do have confirmation on comes courtesy of the folks at Allied Arts. On Friday, Jan. 24, Caroline Aiken is scheduled to perform at Allen’s Market.

Caroline Aiken is one of those people who many have never heard of. But if you are “into music,” her name rings several bells.

This young lady has performed and recorded with Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls. She has released several discs of her own music and has been a guest performer in many varied venues.

In other words, she has some considerable chops.

I’ll give more information in upcoming columns, but Allen’s Market has limited seating so you may want to think about getting your tickets early. They are $10 each and can be purchased at Allied Arts headquarters at the Marlor House on North Wayne Street. Give a call to 478-452-3950 for more information or to make sure someone will be there to take your ticket order.

Since I still have some space to go, let me remind all of you out there that this column depends on getting information about upcoming theatrical and musical events. Well, I guess it doesn’t “depend” on it. I can always make stuff up. But it’s better if I can actually report on “real” happenings rather than just my own peanut butter inspired dreams.

So please let me know if you are part of a play, concert, recital, gallery opening, pedestrian crossing, etc. Or if you are involved in any of the aforementioned activities. Or if you know about these types of events.

I particularly would LOVE to hear from local schools, which I know are often sponsoring plays and concerts.

I get great information from Allied Arts, the Steinway Concert folks at GMC, some aspects of Georgia College, Milledgeville Singers Guild, and a few others. But many other performing arts entities around ye olde Capitol town never give me a clue about what’s going on.

So if you are involved in some of these “other” organizations — particularly school type entities - please let me know what you are up to regarding the performing arts. Do not assume that someone else (like the ubiquitous “someone in charge”) has sent me the information.  I am dependent on the kindness of strangers (in so many ways!).

Oh!  And on the behalf of the Milledgeville Players, thank you all for a great 2013. From our MMD of “Bordello of Blood” through the major summer musical “Kiss Me Kate” and finishing with incredible attendance for “Smoke on the Mountain” the citizens of central Georgia provided this little community theatre group with some great patronage. Many thanks.

Our opening lyrics were, of course, from the classic tune “All I Have to Do Is Dream” by the Everly Brothers.

Phil Everly, the younger of the two brothers, passed away Friday.  He is survived by his older brother, Don.

I cannot begin to explain the emotions I felt when reading of the passing of Phil Everly. The Everly Brothers were one of the most important musical acts ever in the history of rock and roll. They were among the original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1986, along with Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and a few others.

Their two- part vocal harmonies influenced dozens of artists who subsequently went on to influence hundreds more.  Without the Everly Brothers, there would never have been the same versions we came to know as the Beatles, the Hollies, the Searchers, the Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, Buffalo Springfield, the Turtles, and so many more.  Their harmonies were built around what was pioneered by Phil and Don.

If you want to know what I’m talking about, just take a listen to “Cathy’s Clown” by the Everly Brothers and then listen to the Beatles’ “Please Please Me.” You’ll hear what I mean.

Phil and Don had typical brotherly bickering over the years, often separating for as long as a decade. But they would always come back together at some point, and deliver that incredible music.  

They had so many hits including “Bye Bye Love.” “Wake up Little Susie,” “Bird Dog,” “When Will I Be Loved,” and “Crying in the Rain.” But there is just something in those incredible vocal harmonies in “All I Have to Do Is Dream” that just strikes gold with me.

“I need you so, that I could die. I love you so and that is why, Whenever I want you all I have to do is dream — dream, dream, dream.”

Catch you on the flip side.

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