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From July 6, 2006...
From the same author who gave us Crazy in Alabama comes a darker tale of two high school friends...we talk with Mark Childress about his new book, "One Mississippi". From the land where choral music is king comes the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus. And progressive orchestral rock from Birmingham band "Stream of Consciousness" I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.
Author Mark Childress has spent much of his literary career mining his Alabama roots. Childress was born in Monroeville and educated at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. But for his new book, One Mississippi, he draws from his high school experience in Mississippi to create a tale that is alternately funny and tragic. The book tells the story a young man named Daniel Musgrove, whose father is transferred from Indiana to a small town in Mississippi, where Daniel forms a friendship with another outsider at his new school. I asked Childress about the about the significance of the title, "One Mississippi".
The one hundred-plus voices of the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus comes to Birmingham next week during their Great Southern Sing-out Tour. We thought we'd give you a little sample with this audio postcard from the Twin Cities.
The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus performs Monday night at 7:30 at the Alys Stephens Center. You can learn more about the chorus and their Birmingham concert by visiting the Tapestry page of WBHM.org.
To hear the audio portion of the Community Calendar from Tapestry, click here.
Want to know more? Activeculture.info is a one-stop source for finding out what's going on in the Birmingham metro area.
Birmingham band Stream of Consciousness is about to release its debut CD - a rhythmically complex, heavily orchestrated mix of operatic singing, heavy grooves and lesser known instruments like the 12-string Chapman Stick. It's safe to say this may be like nothing you've heard before...his is the tune "The Prophecy" form the forthcoming CD "Awakening". Sara Chesler plays bass and Steven Lamphear takes up the Chapman Stick. Both provide vocals, as well. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Stream of Consciousness is Sara Chesler on bass and Steven Lamphear on Chapman Stick, along with guitarist Wade Beevers and drummer Jon Bernrutter. We've got more of their music available for download on the Tapestry page of WBHM.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Our music producer is Hunter Bell and Francesca Rosko writes the community calendar. Next week on the program we brush the dust off our old albums. We'll explore the evolution of cover art and do a little detective work among the vinyl. I'm Greg Bass and wew'lls ee you next week.