...years after he hurt his foot. When my young son and I visited, he sat there and taught Tommy to whittle with a pocketknife.Songwriter Steve Good man wrote of his dad: "And now the old man's gone, and I'd give all I own, to hear what he said when I...

Peninsula songwriters gather to share skills and grow community

...the singer and songwriter on each of them...consistency among the songwriters gathered at a local...Odie's, each songwriter plays their own...if mixed.The songwriters play one at a time...a saying about songwriters and their favorite...her. At the last songwriter's circle, Hahn...

Jersey Boys

Now Playing Synopsis: Adapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - one of the key pop groups of the early '60s, responsible for such iconic hits as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and (&"Big Girls Don't Cry."} The story opens in New Jersey, where young Francesco Castelluccio (John Lloyd Young) and his buddies face a narrow window of future career options. Their possible paths include show business on one hand and organized crime on the other, embodied by the slightly menacing yet avuncular kingpin, Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo (Christopher Walken), who runs the neighborhood and keeps an eye on them. The boys begin to nurture dreams of becoming musical stars, goals that seem far out of reach until they invite Francesco to perform with them in their band, then rename him Frankie Valli; his unique falsetto vocals captivate the girls in the audience, which provides a sign of things to come. The young hopefuls sign a contract at the Brill Building and begin doing backup vocals for record producer Bob Crewe (Mike Doyle), but experience frustration when Crewe drags his feet on recording them as a solo act. Later, the performers name themselves The Four Seasons after feeling inspired by an unusual source. They add songwriter-musician Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) and the equation is complete; Crewe hears Gaudio's composition "Sherry," decides to double-track Valli's voice, and helps create a national sensation. Later, however, certain difficulties begin to take their toll on the band - including financial problems, inner rivalries and tensions between the bandmates, and Valli's long periods on the road away from his wife and daughters. Clint Eastwood directs, from a screenplay by the co-authors of the original musical, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi Cast: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

NEW YORK - Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth...Sting's foray into musical theater comes amid a surge in singer-songwriters from the world of pop and rock aiming for stages. Sting joins...

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Brother: 'Sugar Man' director killed himself

...film, "Searching for Sugar Man," won an Oscar for best documentary. The film tells the story of Detroit-based singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who had flopped in the United States but became a superstar in apartheid-era South Africa without even...

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Library isn't just a silly place to be

...Kenai Community Library staff would like to thank KSRM and the participants of our first Silly Song contest. These brave songwriters: Robert Romig, Glenda Graham and Geoann Reichert and Larry Hull shared their original lyrics filling the library with smiles...

Casting a wider net: Fisher Poet events expand during third year of local performances

...their common experiences as commercial fishermen. The tradition, which began in Astoria, Ore., in 1998, brought poets, songwriters and even students of the commercial fishing industry to perform and educate the community on their particular brand of creative...


...Paul Simon's best songs, I think, is The Boxer, because of its lilting beauty. Never mind the haunting lyrics, which songwriter Simon has said were about dealing with harsh critics: "Going home, where the New York City winters aren't bleeding me...

'Alone Yet Not Alone' vs. Academy's 'ethics'

...Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "told The Times that the 'key point' in the academy's nullification of (songwriter Bruce) Broughton's nomination was its violation of Rule 5.3, requiring that the credits of composer and lyricist be...


...years after he hurt his foot. When my young son and I visited, he sat there and taught Tommy to whittle with a pocketknife.Songwriter Steve Good man wrote of his dad: "And now the old man's gone, and I'd give all I own, to hear what he said when I...



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