Lina Koutrakos / Rick Jensen Workshop Concert

March 29, 2010

OK, we spent the workshop today putting the final show together.  Lina and Rick shared the process they use to assemble a show, demonstrating it on the one for the class.  Then it was the nitty-gritty of actually doing it all.  Particular congratulations to Daryl Anderson, ToniRae Brotons, Emily Everson, and Jennifer Blades who at 12:30 were informed that they were doing duets and had them ready by the 6:00pm show under the brilliant guidance of the teaching team.

For anyone interested, here’s a link to the recording I made of the concert.  (Unfortunately we were seated in front of the cafe area, so you also get the hum of the kitchen equipment.)

Here’s what people sang:

  • Hooray for Love — Jennifer Blades
  • Come In From the Rain / Why Did I Choose You ? — ToniRae Brotons / Darryl Anderson
  • I Never Say Anything / My Superman– Chris Cochrane
  • I’ll Get Up Tomorrow Morning — Christy Trapp
  • All of My Life — Darryl Anderson
  • Baby, You Can sleep While I Drive — Marianne Glass Miller
  • When I Fall In Love — Elcindor Johnson
  • It’s a Jungle Out There — Emily Everson
  • Do Right Woman, Do Right Man — Jean McMahon
  • Sleepy Man — Emily Everson & Jennifer Blades
  • Yard Sale — Michael Miyazaki
  • How Did We Come To This ? — Christy Frye
  • On the Other Side of the Tracks — ToniRae Brotons
  • Bye Bye Blackbird — Company

Toni Rae Answers a Question

September 1, 2008

At last Monday’s DCCN open mic, we were fortunate to hear Toni Rae Broton’s amazing version of Come In From the Rain. 

Now, I’ve always had a question about a lyric in that song.  I’ve always wondered whether the line is “… I love you anyway.  Come in from the rain…” or “… I love you.  Anyway, come in from the rain…”

Thanks to the amazing Toni Rae, I was able to see the commercially published sheet music which punctuates it as “…I love you anyway; come in from the rain.”  Hmmm…

Now if I can just get a definitive answer to whether the lyric “I can see clearly now the rain has gone.” means “The rain has been obstructing my view; it stopped; so I can see clearly” or “Doh!  It stopped raining.”


Perry-Mansfield Memories: Toni Rae Brotons

January 23, 2008

(Left — Toni Rae Brotons (far left) and other 2007 participants at Perry-Mansfield)

Say you want to learn more about the art of cabaret. Would you like to be able to explore this craft

  • o in the mountains of Colorado in the summertime?
  • o amongst folks at various stages of their cabaret careers, who want to learn just as much as you?
  • o from teachers who are award-winning performers and musicians that create a relaxing and encouraging atmosphere in which to grow and thrive?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions you are either a) me; or b) the perfect candidate for the Perry-Mansfield Art of Cabaret Workshop (or whatever they call it these days).  Seriously, it was the most amazing week of my artistic life. The best piece of advice I can give to potential participants is to be yourself, be prepared to sing LOTS and play well with others–an invaluable part of the workshop is the friends you make.   Audition for this workshop.  You won’t be sorry.