The night before the show, Julie called me to ask if I could substitute for an injured piano player - Bette had fallen and could not perform. A Christmas show - no prob. I had "done my time" in the Great American Christmas Songbook - if you ever need a piano player or accordioniste for a Christmas show, give me a call - Salvation Army tested and ready to go. And Bette was not seriously hurt in her fall, she's on the mend, and I hope to see her at our New Year's Day gathering.
It was my privilege to work with Julie Alonzo-Calteaux, one of my favorite Milwaukee singers. With a hurried Saturday morning rehearsal, we made a few adjustments (She didn't think it was appropriate that I sing "Sisters" with her - what a relief!) and by noon we had the show ready to go.
Here's one of the songs from the Saturday show - Thanks to Julie's husband Bill for the excellent camera work. That's me on piano. A hilarious rendition of an Alan Sherman parody on the standard "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
Merry Christmas to you all!. I'd love to hear from you.
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