November 27, 2008...
The band Alabama was the most commercially successful country music act in the 1980s. They put out hit after hit, blending traditional country music with southern rock and elements of gospel and pop. Nearly 40 years after they first formed, lead singer and songwriter Randy Owen is still making music. His latest CD is called One on One. And he adds author to the list of accomplishments with a new book called Born Country: How Faith, Family and Music Brought to Home.
Middle school can be brutal, especially for girls. There are secret crushes, family issues, friendships that seem to shift daily, if not hourly. It's hard to navigate the social and emotional ups and down. But the latest book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series hopes to inspire younger teens. Writer Emily Cutler (herself a freshman at Indian Springs School, south of Birmingham) offers the story of her long-distance friendship with a girl named Julia. She tells WBHM's Tanya Ott how the friendship developed.
Hoover resident Emily Cutler is a freshman at Indian Spring School. Her story "Meeting Julia" appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School: 101 Stories of Life, Love, and Learning for Younger Teens. It's in bookstores this month.
So we've already established that the teenage years can be rough, especially if your parents trot out naked baby pictures every time family comes to visit or insist on reminiscing about your booger-eating delight as a toddler. But, if your mom is a storyteller, who's got a way with words...a mom like, say, commentator Cheryl-Anne Millsap. Well, then it's downright hilarious!
Former Birmingham resident Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a columnist for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. Her story comes to us by way of Spokane Public Radio and the Public Radio Exchange, PRX.org.
We close out today's show with a little holiday music from some of Birmingham's best known theatrical talents. This is the song "It's Turkey Lurkey Time" off actress Jan Hunter's Merry, Merry Showtunes C-D. I'm Greg Bass. See you next week!