Who says the best way to get your message across is through reports and numbers?? Not this gal! Sometimes the key to lasting and impactful ideas spreading to your clients, customers, and staff is to package them up in a different manner. Or just have some fun with the people you hustle with day-in and day-out.
The gig: Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary
An example of the latter comes via a corporate gig we did to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. A few of the partners at this particular firm had actually been in attendance on that historic weekend and stories of their adventures were tacked up on the walls giving their employees a peek into days gone by. I had been asked to be a part of a multi-performer set and the similarities to the original call list were felt with each performer bringing their own personality and feel to the table. Given my roots of jazz and country, I found myself sitting firmly in between them with the following set list replicating the tunes played back in 1969.
Marrakesh Express : originally composed and performed by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. A challenging song that required all of my vocal range, this is a deceptively fast jaunt that tells the story of traveling Morocco by train and the sights and sounds they pass along the way. The quick cadence reflects the rhythm of the train and really allows you to accompany them on their journey as though you were living it, too.
To Love Somebody : originally composed by the BeeGees, Janis Joplin made a rendition of this tune at Woodstock a recognizable icon on its own. One of the ways I found to connect with Janis – without trying to emulate her (dangerous territory for sure) – was to study and learn her extra lyrics to communicate her sentiment and unique perspective into the performance.
Green River : originally composed and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival, this is easily a favorite for its lazy, meandering story and simple, toe-tapping chord changes. CCR creates tunes that feel like the heartbeat of the country waking up after a summer nap – relaxed, honest, and ready to appreciate each moment in life, no matter how small.
Valerie Farber on vocals, Michael Bates on bass, Jonathan Heagle on guitar, Jon Fox on keys, and Ken Brown on box drum.
Do you have an event coming up that would benefit from a unique, yet intentional, set of live music? We would love to assist you in creating something that not only highlights your company/organization but also brings a bit of fun to the table as well.
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