Showing posts from June, 2011

Olympian Heights!

It takes just as much effort and energy to make a small event as it does to make a big event. So, you might as well make a big event. And yes, I'm talking about Olympia.

The fact that it's where the concept of New World Waking was born. The fact that the professor wants the students to have the full theatrical experience of putting on a show, including auditions for solos, etc.

The fact that we have two days to make it work.

The fact that it's in a place called Olympia.

(You go to Olympian heights in Olympia!)

The fact that everyone wants to get involved and make it great, this project evolved from the original "We should get Steve here to sing" Steve concert to full scale community event, raising money for PFLAG-Olympia,  growing and changing before my very eyes, with a cast of thousands!

I can't just show up and do a couple of numbers. We have to put on a show! So, I have been scrambling through all my folders looking for sheet music, and adding it to scri…

The Movable Feast.

I love music.

Oddly (or not), I don't obsess over music. I don't sit over a keyboard for hours and hours. I don't set a time every day where I will write only music or songs. I know people who do, and I envy that kind of concentration, but, for me, the writing of the song never stops. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, the writing never stops. 
This next Sunday I will be going into the studio to finish up "Rescue." Peter Link and I are still searching for the exact right sound for the album. I've been orchestrating, over-orchestrating, stripping everything down to the bone and back again. 
Right now, there's a temp vocal track. It's one I cut during the time I had the kidney stone. I think that particular Sunday, it had just passed but I was still very weak and in a lot of pain. Maybe we should keep it. 
The next song is going to be "Every Day A New Amen."
I had a long talk -- by phone! -- with my dear friend, D. Whitney Quinn, who …

Olympia July 29 & 30. Save the Date.

Olympia is Holy Ground for me.
It's where I played John Lennon's Imagine piano. (My brother ridicules me on this, saying he touched Ian Anderson's flute or something). But forget them! Onward we go.

That moment fired a musical insurrection in my soul which turned into a free-form piece called New World Waking, a kind of folk theatrical even that, like Spider-Man costume, conforms to the talent at hand.

This time around, I will be conducting a workshop for students from South Puget Sound Community College, some or all of whom will be joining me on stage.

We also plan to have at least one great local guest artist, depending on which persona he thinks is most appropriate.

WHAT: A "Steve Schalchlin & Friends" concert.

WHEN: Friday July 29th and Saturday, July 30th at 8 p.m.

The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Black Box Theater,
South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, WA 98512

WHY: a benefit for PFLAG-Olympia http://pfl…

Korea's Got Talent Singer Tells Tear-Inducing Story.

From Asylum:

Warning, this video had me, and everyone in the room, crying like a baby. Just makes you appreciate the human spirit.

Takin' Over Boston.

Okay, I'm not actually taking over Boston, but Jake and I are singing at the annual meeting of the Christian Science church #TMC2011, right there at the mother church in Boston, along with our friends, Peter Link, Julia Wade and a number of others.

I don't really know that much about the Christian Science religion except that they believe very strongly in the healing power of the mind and prayer. And any doctor or nurse will tell you in that if a patient does not want to live, and gives up mentally, the chances of survival are nil. But if a person really does want to live, and puts his whole mind and being into surviving, it makes a world of difference. I am witness to this.

I have sung in synagogues, orthodox Christian churches, liberal Christian churches, conservative -- you name it. I will go anywhere I'm invited because I believe in the healing power of music.

CNN Heroes spotlights African AIDS Activist.

During the 1990s in rural Kenya, Patricia Sawo believed that HIV/AIDS was a punishment from God.   When she discovered she was HIV positive, she prayed and fasted for years, hoping that would heal her.  When her condition became public, she and her husband lost their jobs and their home because of the stigma surrounding the disease.  Eventually, Patricia not only realized that she’d been wrong, but also that public attitudes about HIV in Kenya needed to change.  Now, she works to educate her community and care for those impacted by the disease, including the nearly 100 children she supports through her Discover to Recover Centre.
The link to Patricia’s story is availablehere

Driving Miss Dancer

Marge Champion, at 91, has more energy and zip than anyone else I know. When she heard I was going up to the Berkshires to see Jim, she said I could ride with her. In the car, along with her friend, Tom, who drove us, was her cat, Daisy.

At one point, we were approaching a house that she particularly likes, and I got her, on camera, saying that if the owner was single, she'd marry him just for the view.

Loving Marge Champion is the easiest thing in the world to do. She goes to every show in New York, knows dancing like few others, and, for me, makes the case that if you dance every day, no matter how old you are, you will always look good and feel healthy. (We Baptists don't dance, of course. And, all due respect to the preacher, this is one of the dumbest Baptist beliefs. Tell Gene Kelly not to dance.)

Trying to tell her whole story here would take too long, but I took these pictures from a souvenir program.

It was a great ride, and great to see Jim. I'll continue my trip …