Monday, July 19, 2010
SING! SING! SING!’s
“Cool Songs For A Summer Evening”
Counters Soaring Temperatures with Soaring Voices
New York City’s ongoing Upper West Side institution – SING! SING! SING! – heats up AND cools down at its next sing-in, Cool Songs For A Summer Evening on Wednesday, August 4th at 7 p.m. at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street.
“Cool” not only refers to temperatures but also to wise, hip, funny and moving lyrics and melodies – making the evening “jump” with songs from In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening to Too Darn Hot.
At SING! SING! SING! events, co-hosts Anne Phillips and Michael Shepley provide piano and anecdotal accompaniment, respectively, and the audience takes over. Lyric sheets are provided to keep everyone happily in sync.
In the list of over 20 songs to be sung together are such additional gems as Summer Wind, Sunny, We’re Having A Heat Wave, Here Comes the Sun, I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning, Midnight Sun, Moonglow, Old Devil Moon, Steam Heat, Tenderly, and Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer, among many others.
Previous SING! events have included tributes to Oscar Hammerstein II, MGM musicals, Nat King Cole, and different themes like singing, dancing, and travel. After each evening, the audience “sings” the praises of the songs and the SING! SING! SING! concept. “I always leave the SING SING SING events feeling 100% better about life than when I walked in,” wrote Kathy W. “What an exceptional treat!” wrote Dale R. And Lynne M. said, “I can’t tell you how much your event helped my mood!”
Phillips and Shepley frequently cite the book, “The Hidden Messages of Water” by Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto (Beyond Words Publishing) which contains color photographs of water molecules exposed to harmonic and happy music (detailed, balanced white crystals) and music that is harsh and dissonant (brown and shapeless).
“Since human beings are over 70 percent water,” say the co-hosts, “we seek to alter the chemistry of all who join us. The result? Uplifted spirits. And we always tip the hat to the great songwriters of the past whose artistry is responsible for changing the way we think and feel.”
$10 cover; 2-drink minimum (cash only, please). No reservations are required. General seating; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Triad is located at 158 West 72nd Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue. Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street. Questions: Call 212-786-9064.
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