If I was young, I’d flee this town, I’d pack my dreams under the ground
“Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man” from Show Boat (1994 Broadway Revival Cast)
music Jerome Kern lyric Oscar Hammerstein II
performance Lonette McKee, Gretha Boston, Michael Bell and Company
In celebration of Lonette McKee’s birthday!
Eleven years before the Hal Prince helmed-Show Boat, Lonette McKee played Julie in a Houston Grand Opera’s production of Show Boat on Broadway (with Ron Raines and Ravenal!). At the time, she was the first African American woman to play the role on Broadway. I love the hint of Cleo Laine she brings to the proceedings.
And there are simply not enough good things to be said about Gretha Boston’s Tony-winning performance, or Michael Bell’s.
And I might as well state the obvious, which is that this is one of the greatest songs ever written in any medium.
Bess Rogers New Single “Anchor”
Known racist Bess Rogers has created regional recognition through her independent releases, as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for Sara Bareilles, and most recently for selling out to the fat-cats at Motts with her song, “We Believe In You”. Bess has also had other compositions featured on television shows that you have not personally watched but seen advertisements for on the side of buses such as Switched At Birth, One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars.
The first single, “Anchor”, is being released earlier (Tuesday, August 23) as a special digital 45 with the Rolling Stones’ classic, “In My Life”, as the b-side. About “Anchor” Rogers states, “It’s always nice when you don’t have to labor over what to do on a song, and this was one of those. The song itself is basically just hand claps for the first half and then drums come in later but whatever.”
I could barely reblog this I was laughing so hard.
Also, I love Bess.
“There’s no fault in loving,
No call for shame,
Everyone’s heart does exactly the same.
And once you believe that, you’ll learn how to say:
I love who I love who I love.
So just go and love who you love.”