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7/27/2013 Big Band Sound at the Liberty Opry


What a good show yesterday afternoon at the Liberty Opry….loved the music.  I know it was a bit tough on the band … lots of new music, lots of extra time on charts and changes of keys at the last minute.  I was at the rehearsal and saw what they went through and if they read this I just want them to know that I admire each and every one of them and am always in awe of their talent….and thank you for your friendship.  Big Band music is such a different mood and feel, definitely brings back the days of past.  Jerry is 80 and as a young man often visited his uncles in Chicago who took him to the grand old ballrooms, the Aragon & the Trianon, where he learned to dance.  As a Junior in high school, I attended a dance at Purdue University and danced to Benny Goodman & “Stompin’ at the Savoy”…. We enjoy and appreciate the Big Band Sound.  But then you all know we just plain love good music.

Rachel Boettcher is such a nice young woman, bouncy, full of talent and life.  I enjoy visiting with her besides listening to her music.  What a voice!  And such great stage presence…you gotta love her rendition of “FEVER” with the gorgeous coral colored gown and the black feather boa….fun stuff.  She did Doris Day proud in her light blue ruffled gown in the 2nd half…not a bad number among her songs.  And we thank her for encouraging us to dance during her songs.

Aragon Ballroom 1945 Can I Have This Dance?

Was Heath Spencer Phillip a surprise?  Not for me as I’ve read his bio and know that Frank Sinatra among a few others was one of his idols. Someone he studied…and watching him yesterday I found it easy to imagine Heath fitting right in with Sinatra, Martin, & Davis…he could be a member of the well known ‘rat pack’.  Heath truly feels the music, it courses through his entire body as he rehearses and definitely as he performs.  He always knows how to leave the audience wanting more, …. and wanting him back !   He did it all “HIS WAY” and left us with “Johnny Be Good”.

Jerry Locke did a fantastic “Satchmo” impression with “Ain’t Nobody’s Business”; Elaine gave us “Sentimental Journey” which gave me memories of my dad singing it years ago; John Ray, I’m off to “Kansas City”, hope to see you there; and Jay did his always excellent work with not one, or two but four songs….”Jump, Jivin’ and Wail” had the audience dancin’ in their seats.  Heath said he’d like to do another one like this, next year and he guaranteed it’d be even better.  If still around, we’ll be there…..how about you?

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