motown

All posts tagged motown

“History of Motown Music” Presentation at Bridgewater Library

Published May 19, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7372Stephen Fuller gets library patrons groovin’

Last night I presented “History of Motown Music” at the Bridgewater Library (one of many times I’ve presented there!) This presentation is a 40-minute bio, followed by 20 minutes live Motown music.

I was honored to work with Stephen Fuller (who actually was a warm-up act to Motown Recording artist, Stevie Wonder). Stephen Fuller brought the house down! Check out his website at: http://www.fullersounds.com/

Stephen Fuller works with me on two other presentations in the “Learn and Listen Series” — “The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” and “The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra.”

For more presentations that are available for libraries, assisted living facilities, senior groups, rotary clubs, Jewish Community Centers and more, please visit my website “about” section: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/about/

For bookings, pricing and availability, email Maryanne at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

My Cat’s Got Sunshine, On a Cloudy Day

Published November 19, 2014 by Maryanne

MareDerickMe and Derick, 2005

My husband swore to God this happened last night and wishes I was awake to see it.

Now, all pet owners know first hand how loving pets can be, to the point where they do the cutest, unbelievable things. My 18-year-old cat, Derick, has always been “Mommy’s Little Heart.” From day one, as a kitten, he rarely left my side. He follows me around the house like a shadow.

Last night my husband put on a movie about The Temptations. I love them, but I’m a bit run down and I fell asleep on the couch while the movie was on. Derick was lying next to me, facing the television.

My husband said that as soon as they started performing “My Girl,” Derick moved to face me and was staring at me during the entire song! You can’t make this stuff up! I guess I’m my cat’s sunshine on a cloudy day! (And of course Derick is right on my lap as I type this blog!)

SAM_6304October 2014, still together

Our song 🙂

Rhonda Denet

Published May 30, 2013 by Maryanne

Submitted photo. Rhonda Denet will sing at the Oliver Wolcott Library July 10Rhonda Denet

Last night my husband and I got the most amazing treat — right in our local library in Westfield — a performance by Rhonda Denet: http://www.rhondadenet.com/RDMusic/Home.html

(And this is why you should support your local libraries – you never know what extreme talent will be there!)

I went not expecting much and was totally blown away.

Rhonda Denet took the audience on a musical journey covering Motown hits from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as telling the stories behind the songs. (Did you know that Farrah Fawcett inspired “Midnight Train to Georgia”?!)

Some of the songs included:

“Baby Love” (Supremes)

“Midnight Train to Georgia” (Gladys Knight)

“My Guy” (Mary Wells)

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” (Roberta Flack)

“Chain of Fools” (Aretha Franklin)

“At Last” (Etta James)

And here’s her performance of “At Last” from another show (not last night):

Rhonda Denet (“AT LAST”)

An “Intimate” Evening with Smokey Robinson

Published November 17, 2012 by Maryanne

Smokey Robinson (photo swiped from Google, saw no credit)

Last night my husband’s brother Anthony (and his girl Lisa) treated my husband Dennis and I and his other brother Joe (and his friend Eileen) to a most wonderful early Christmas present — going to see Smokey Robinson at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

The show was billed as “An Intimate Evening With Smokey Robinson.” Sexy, right? But Smokey took the intimacy of a live performance to a whole new level. He actually conversed with his fans throughout the entire show!

Smokey hit the stage, sang a song, then throughout the rest of the evening, he picked out names from a basket (from fans who wrote their names earlier in the evening). Whoever was called got to ask Smokey a question and then tell him what song to play!

I was so glad my favorites were picked: “Just to See Her,” “Ooh Baby Baby” and “Crusin’.”

Hearing “Ooh Baby Baby” followed by “Just to See Her” gave my goosebumps goosebumps! I mean, each and every part of my body was moved! And as an added bonus, I had my handsome husband, who I love so much, sitting next to me being very romantic with me as we held hands, touched each others faces and kissed. Yes, it was that kind of evening!

Dennis said, “Smokey is getting the ladies all sexed up!”

I said, “No one is going to have a headache tonite!”

The sound was smooth, a real class act. It was interesting hearing the questions that the fans asked, which provoked many fascinating stories about how Smokey got his name, his work with the Temptations, hanging out with Stevie Wonder (who Smokey felt should be named, “Stevie WONDERFUL.”) etc. Very interesting to someone like myself who didn’t know much about him. But I will now. And I will start buying his work. I need some Smokey in my CD collection.

I was surprised no one chosen asked for his autograph or even to shake his hand. It was an older, more laid back crowd I guess. But what impressed me most was when one fan, before she asked her question, said to Smokey, “It is an honor to meet you.”

And he said, “It is an honor to meet you too” with all sincerity.

My jaw dropped open. You rarely get such unselfishness in this day and age. What an amazing man this entertainer is! I felt so happy for the fan. That was just way too cool.

He also did a little tribute to Michael Jackson by singing a Jackson 5 song, “The Love You Save.”

No encores. It was over way too soon. But how cool is it that I can just You Tube his songs all day!

We love you Smokey!