Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Friday May 26, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Bolcom and Morris

 

continued

Symphony Orchestra and the UMS Choral Union won big at this year's Grammys, this time Bolcom and Morris will be appearing in KCH's Cabaret Song series. As a composer, Bolcom fuses disparate musical elements into a strongly individual style. But as a longtime collaborator with his wife, Bolcom is cokeeper of the true flame of twentieth-century popular song.

Despite the program's ironic title, popular songs are no more foolish than life and love are foolish. If they stick around long enough, pop songs transcend genre to become part of the musical collective consciousness. Take the song from which Bolcom and Morris took the program's title: nobody can remember hearing it for the first time, but everybody knows the opening line — "A cigarette that bears a lipstick's traces." Or take their next song, "Taking a Chance on Love": nobody remembers the verse, but everybody remembers the chorus. Likewise, few recall who premiered the song "Moanin' Low," but every woman who's ever sung the blues knows how it goes. And, of course, nobody knows who wrote any of them.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Team Sports
Fork In the Road
Foremost leaves Broad St.
Sally Mitani
Today's Events
Colleges and Universities
Last Impression
Saying goodbye to a business rooted in seeds
Teena Weaver Gordon
Photo: Tulips
Sozo Opens at Briarwood
Making hibachi an everyday food
Sabine Bickford
Nightspots: Habitat Lounge
A Sobering Experience
My fifty-two days in the Washtenaw County Jail
John Allen*
Bars And Grills in Saline
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
Greek Festival June 9-11, 2017
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI