This is AWAKE! I found these words by Rabindranath Tagore a very long time ago and I've carried them in my heart ever since - until I heard them sing. I suggest you listen three times - once at a high volume while driving, once with head phones and once while resting. Thank you, Peter Hume, for your glorious orchestration, Paco Silva for your thoughtful direction. Thank you all, with all of my heart. Enjoy.
On Saturday, April 25, at 2:00PM PST, ALL TOGETHER NOW! – an online concert event helping the City of Los Angeles during the coronavirus pandemic will be live streamed at alltogethernowla.org courtesy of Alert the Globe and available free to anyone who wants to see it. 100% of the proceeds go to the City of Los Angeles COVID 19 Crisis Fund and you can either donate by texting “together” to 24365, or at the Mayors Fund LA website.
On Monday, April 6 at 1:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM EDT, I'll be doing a cool live stream right here on Curtain Up with Rob Rokicki, Lynn Portas & Lily Bowen. A one-hour live entertainment show for our aging loved ones nationwide. It's a collaboration with Seniorly, to bring daily entertainment to seniors across the country who are isolated due to the #COVID-19 pandemic.
Melissa Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. Melisssa has recorded twentyone albums across her career, releasing her most recent album, The Fellas, on September 8th 2017.
In 1989, Melissa recorded an album called Tribute which was her homage to several of the iconic women singers who sparked a great light in her young soul. Ella, Judy, Edith, Rosie, Dionne and a few others shared that sacred space with her and shined their light on the path to come. Melissa always wanted to complete that idea with a follow-up album called The Fellas, paying tribute to some of the equally great male singers – Frank, Tony, Nat, Johnny and several others.
So, here it is – at long last – through a gift made possible by Dean Bob Slack Dean of Citrus College Visual and Performing Arts in Glendora, CA and their fantastic Blue Note Orchestra. While it’s primarily a solo album, Manchester did recruit one very special fella to join her on The Fellas: Barry Manilow duets with her on a jubilant “For Me and My Gal,” a tribute to Gene Kelly and Judy Garland, who performed the 1942 movie’s title track. Sing and swing along, everybody!