sometimes, whimsical doesn't even come close to describing something that can't be described in any other way.
i should start by saying that melvern taylor (and his fabulous meltones, of course) have been one of the singular joys of my single (i.e. divorced) life. you know, how when you spend 20 years always doing what you think someone else might want, and then you figure it all out (finally) that nobody was getting what they wanted? well, a couple of years ago in a basement bar in cambridge, i came face to face with what i was missing, and its soundtrack was melvern taylor (and his fabulous meltones, of course). i'll spare you the corn, but lets just say the music made me happy, and continues to do so each and every day since. (and i own the ukuleles to prove it).
fast forward a couple years, and discover along the way that you're not the only person who feels this way. no, you'll never be as cute as the little red-haired girl who loves 'em as much as words are able to say, but when you see the joy in someone's face like you feel inside, you can't help but be swept away by that feeling, and by them, and the music, and everything that goes with it.
so it is that jess houlihan has fallen in love with the music of melvern taylor, (and his fabulous meltones, of course), but she's done me and the little red-haired girl oh so much better, because she's putting it all to music. melvern's music, to be exact, and a ton of it. "Love Songs For Losers - The Rock Opera
" is jess' homage to how it makes a person feel, and she's putting her money, her time, and her all, where her heart is. how can one not be moved by even just that?
anyway, jess is putting together a benefit show to beat all benefit shows, (jen kearney
, frank morey
, thunderpants johnson's hillbilly orchestra
, and, of course, la piece de resistance, melvern taylor (and his fabulous meltones, of course)
which, for $10 in advance, or $15 at the door, is going to give you more better music in one beerhall than you've ever had in your life before, with the possible exception of dee tension's halloween masquerade band ball this friday night, but more on that later. and it's all going to help make jess' labor of musical love a reality this coming may at the merrimack repertory theater.
so what else is there?
i happen to have inside information as to an opportunity that every lowell music and art lover is going to want to get in on. no, you can't have the original oil, because it's rumored that sir bob nash (yes, that sir bob nash, impressario extraordinaire of wonka sound
, and brushwacking backbone of melvern taylor's fabulous meltones got to the artist first. but linda mccluskey
, nee of lowell, now of paris, and artiste extraordinaire of the most remarkable street scenes of lowell that you'll ever see, (and don't miss her exhibition at the whistler museum this coming january!), has taken pity on the melvern fandom and made an extremely limited number of prints of said same oil painting, carefully and personally numbered in pencil in the margin 1-10, and generously made arrangements for jess to raffle off the last one, and possibly the most remarkable and valuable one, since i'm sure, if you buy a ticket and win it at the benefit show, you could get melvern taylor (and his fabulous meltones, of course) to autograph the back for you, or even the front if you preferred. here's a link to her entire series of music paintings, and, you'll notice, front and center, or, actually, top and left, the one that has to be the greatest of them all. melvern taylor (and his fabulous meltones, of course) live at TOAD in cambridge, where they are most every other thursday night, including tomorrow
. click on it to see a larger image. i happen to have one of the other nine in my living room, and the color and the mood are, well, as i said before, remarkable. you are going to love this print.
so here's how you can support the arts: yes, you can buy your ticket to the benefit for the sixth of november. yes, you can buy as many raffle tickets as your scheming strategic heart knows will be sufficient to win the print. but, and this is the most important part right now, if you or anyone you know happens to know how to cut a mat to help this print fit into a standard frame (i.e. outer dimensions 18" x 24", and inner dimensions a little less than 14" x a little less than 21") that would be MOST HELPFUL. jess is doing so much herself to make her vision come to reality. she's picking up returnables at your place so you don't have to take 'em to the return center yourself, and putting every nickel into her donation can. she's arranging sets and singers and musicians and everything else. and you can help make the raffle more successful, if you can help get that beautiful print into a frame in time for the show on the 6th.
support the arts!
Labels: bob nash, fabulous meltones, frank morey, linda mccluskey, melvern taylor, thunderpants johnson