Thursday, June 29, 2006

SALON-a-thon: What is SALON?

Before mp3s players, before computers, before television, people would entertain themselves with music. Sheet music sold more than recorded music. Instead of gathering around the television, families would gather around the piano and sing.

People would learn how to play the piano or sing and the family would gather around the latest batch of sheet music and sing away until the wee hours of the morning.

SALON is an attempt to recapture these moments of human connection facilitated by music. A host opens his or her home to a crowd of people. The crowd brings food and wine. Musicians show up. A good time is had by all, and then a hat is passed.

Simple, huh?

SALON focuses primarily on jazz and classical musicians. The theory is this – if you have an acoustic guitar, three chords, and the truth, you can perform at just about any coffee shop or open mic night. If you are, for example, an opera singer, open mic nights just aren’t a good opportunity to share your talent.

Christie Turner has been organizing and performing SALONs for over six years, now. She hasn’t performed at one for at least three or four years. Until this past weekend. Here are the results:

Christie Sings!

1 comment:

Courtney said...

Wow wow wow wow wow.