A Night Of Stories & Song - In Retrospect


A nice thing about the house concert style performance at The Creative Center, is the room layout is such that just about everyone is pretty close to the action. And those who attend are gracious enough to be quiet and attentive. This made the perfect format for "A Night Of Stories & Song" featuring Sam Frazier, Molly McGinn and Lawyers Guns and Money. Each of the acts gave the audience the back story behind the music pieces they presented. Left to our own imagination, we might create all sorts of scenarios that could explain the lyrics of a song, or we might scratch our heads and wonder indefinitely about what the writer was trying to say.  On this night we got to know the story, hear the song and understand the writers better. You can't ask for much more than that! More of the individual personality of each of our talented musicians was on display as they interacted with the audience. Case in point, one of our writers was a little reticent about speaking, even using the word ambivalent to describe their feeling. It would be easy to assume that someone who plays in front of hundreds even thousands of people would hardly be nervous or self-conscious, but that is not always the case. Despite the discomfort, they managed to do just fine and the crowd let it be known with their applause. Sam Frazier showed his humorous side with songs like "Genius" from his CD "Half A Million Years". Molly McGinn gave us selections from her upcoming CD "Postcards From The Swamp" and Lawyers Guns and Money previewed "I'm Walkin' " their contribution to The Healing Blues Project which you can see in their video further down the page.

It was another great night of local original music talent supported by followers of The Collabative and we'd like to thank the The Creative Center and YOU... for your presence and contributions! Stay tuned for news about our August 19th show, which will be another "first" for us.

Enjoy "I'm Walkin'" from the show (thank you Doug Mokaren):

A Night of Stories & Song: June 20, 2014


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Have you ever heard a song and felt perplexed about what the writer was trying to say? Or wondered how some songs come to be written at all? Well, here's a chance to hear the back-stories that are rarely heard while gaining a little more insight into what the song-writing process is all about, at least as far as our guests artists are concerned.

Friday June 20th will be a night for song-writers Sam Frazier, Molly McGinn and the guys from Lawyers Guns & Money, (featuring the song-writing team of Terry and Janice VunCannon) to tell some stories about the songs they have written and perform them for us. You will be up close and personal as Sam and Molly will both do short sets of their original music and then the trio Lawyers Guns & Money will play in a more unplugged format featuring Terry VunCannon on guitar and vocals, Steve Headen on bass and vocals and Mike Thomas on percussion and vocals. And as a special treat, Sam and Molly will sit in with the band to finish out the night.

It will be a unique opportunity to hear all of these talented performers, separately and even more so performing together. We are excited and grateful to have them with us for our 3rd show of 2014. Click here to read all the details and hear some of the music by these talented folks!

Transforming an empty gallery for our first "house concert" style show featuring The Martha Bassett Trio


The photos in the slideshow below were added March 31, a day after this blog post was published. Thank you to Marie Tretiakova for capturing the evening for us. We're working on a new photo gallery page for this site and when that goes up, you'll see even more shots from this evening's event.

Aside from a few sporadic moments throughout the day and evening, I broke with personal convention and barely picked up my camera at last night's first show ever produced by The Collabative at The Creative Center. Maybe it's because the music was that good. Maybe it's because there was so much happy energy in the room. (Yes. This is going to be one of those effusive bubblegum and unicorns and fairies posts. If you were there, you'll get it. If not, sorry we missed you.) The "maybes" stack up, but regardless of the reasons, we took far more memories and good feelings away from last night's show than photos. Still, I'll show you one, shot on my iPhone, when I broke my trance and clicked a few from the far side of the room:

A full house enjoys the sounds of Martha Bassett, Sam Frazier & Pat Lawrence on March 29 at The Creative Center

Shooting this scene thrilled me as I realized, once more, that we'd been able to so fully transform the room in the way Kris had first described to me months ago. As intended, our volunteers helped us turn an empty expanse of The Showcase Gallery into an intimate listening room in which a specific kind of magic happened.

Aside from the beauty of the music, which began with guitarist Drake Duffer at 7:30 and ended with The Martha Bassett Trio who played until after 10pm, my recollections of the night include only affirming punctuations:

  • 75+ people grew still and quiet for long stretches, in thorough enjoyment of the art that was unfolding before us,
  • The noticeable lack of ego in that space that lasted from 2pm until we walked back out of a room that looked just like we found it, approximately 10 hours later.
  • The appreciation of all who attended, for what was being created at The Creative Center,
  • An array of food so complementary and variety-filled that one person who hadn't realized guests were invited to contribute to a potluck-type opening spread, asked with awe, "Who did you get to do your food?"

An intermittent photo pops up on Facebook here and there today, and we're hopeful a few others will turn out. If they do, we'll share them with you later. Among the things we're looking forward to learning to improve upon will be recreating an intimate setting while better lighting the stage. We'll have a chance to test out what we learn between now and May 6! Photographic evidence notwithstanding, there is no way to imagine the music having been one iota better than it was last night. Thank you Martha Bassett, Pat Lawrence and Sam Frazier. Thank you Drake Duffer. Thank you to all who attended. Thank you to the incredible friends who helped us out from beginning to end and all the minutes in between. Thank you to The Creative Center. It was the perfect night to kick off our 2014 show season.

Can't wait to see you when we bring The Rough & Tumble and Nikki Talley with Jason Sharp on May 6!