..revisiting my Spotify Yuletide Swing playlist. Always curating, refining, polishing.
While some of the titles may suggest a particular denomination or belief, I’ve included them solely for their musical contribution. This is
Whatever situation the pandemic may have placed you in this year, I hope this brings you some smiles, warmth, comfort, groove, a swing to your step and extra light to your holiday season. We’ve surely needed it more this year than any in my lifetime.
Let me know of any tracks you think should add to this!
One of the highlights for me of this past New York theater season, which was overwhelmed with great new work both musical and non, was the new show Bandstand, with a score by Richard Oberbacker and Robert Taylor. This trenchant, poignant yet unfailingly exuberant and toe-tapping show garnered great reviews and much enthusiastic word of mouth, and rightly so. Sadly, amidst the competition this season it never found a strong foothold, and is closing on September 17. So if you’re in New York or coming, I can’t recommend this show enough: catch it live while you can. It’s a big, complicated show and I imagine a tour is a long shot.
Aside from Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography that rightly won this year’s Tony and stellar performances across the board, this score has some of the most amazing arrangements and orchestration in recent years by Greg Anthony Rassen and Bill Elliott, and given the genius work that’s been coming in lately that’s saying a lot.
Seriously, catch it live if you can. Failing that, or better yet in addition to, the original Broadway cast recording superbly captures this show.