December 18, 2008...
You could say the news cycle in 2008 was on overload. An historic presidential election and an economic collapse dominated national headlines. Here in Birmingham, the mayor faces corruption charges and Jefferson County teeters on financial ruin. Through it all, Birmingham News Editorial Cartoonist Scott Stantis put the events of the day into pictures. Sometimes funny, sometime provocative, but a great year, he says for editorial cartoons. WBHM's Andrew Yeager spoke with Stantis.
Daniel Cason has his feet planted firmly in two worlds. When he's not feeding the homeless or running a shelter in downtown Birmingham, he's dressed to the nines, playing concert piano and leading musicians at the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses. Cason tells WBHM's Tanya Ott -- it's a mix that works for him.
Daniel Cason's childrens choir performs at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Sunday, December 28th at 6 p.m..
This week, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Alys Stephens Center announced plans for a historic musical commission in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symphony executive director Curt Long talked with WBHM's Tanya Ott.
This year's Martin Luther King Junior celebration concert is January 18th.
For the 6th year in a row, Herb Trotman - the owner of Fretted Instruments in Homewood has put together a holiday CD featuring some of the areas best acoustic musicians. We thought we'd give you a sample...consider it an early Christmas gift - or just a nice way to pass a couple minutes..
The CD is called Joy - A Fretted Instruments Christmas CD and you can get it for free ONLY at Fretted Instruments in Homewood -- although proprietor Herb Trotman says if you want to return it, the restocking fee has gone up this year from $5.00 to $7.50.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Next week on Tapestry - we sample some of this year in local music...with Matthew Mayfield, Feijoada, 13ghosts and more. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.