Witchy Woman in a historic church
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Nelly, the wife of one of my colleagues, is member of the New York City Community Chorus at Holy Apostles (NYCC). NYCC has a nice summer tradition, they organize a yearly cabaret evening. This event is organized partly because it is fun for the choir members, and partly as a fund raiser for NYCC. Their concert venue, the beautiful and historic Church of The Holy Apostles, gets a small internal redesign. The benches are moved away and make place for an informal ground level stage for the performers and "night club" like tables with snacks and drinks for the guests.
Nelly had invited me to take part in her contribution. A performance of the 1972 song Witchy Woman by The Eagles. Together with fellow choir members Chaya and Cynthia, and aided by a Washington DC-friend Moniek, she had prepared a very nice play-like interpretation of the song. Comprising a lot of flying witches with moons in their eyes, sparks flying from their fingertips, and crazy laughter the act made the song text come alive. The solo for the guitar had been transformed by the choir's conductor Jack Eppler to a bassoon solo and everything was musically supported by NYCC's regular pianist J. David Williams.
The act was quite successful and, among all the witchcraft, I had my first experience of playing pop music on my bassoon.