Musical Musings

Filed under: Drama,Entertainment — Chamberlain @ 11:57 am
No. 200

Two family avocational musical offerings bookend a professional DJ concert given on the spur of the moment by Claiborne Pentland last December to celebrate Bill and Heather Pentland’s visit for the holidays. More precisely it was the visit by Ian and Charlie Pentland that catalyzed the eruption evident in the middle video that follows. The “bookends” are brief seasonal musicales randomly acquired and presented for your listening pleasure…

Hats off to Richard and Jennie Quick for the last minute hosting of the # 1 DJ Claiborne. If any parties are planned, you know whom to call!


Deep in December, It’s Nice to Remember…

Filed under: Entertainment,Family Events — Chamberlain @ 3:51 pm

Two terrific gatherings capped 2012 in St Louis, the first a spontaneous eruption celebrating Bill and Heather Pentland’s arrival for Christmas, the other a celebration of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Sarah and Ed Fehlig. With due deference to seniority today’s posting will cover the latter.

One sunny Sunday morning in 1961, outside the St Thomas More Catholic Church in New Haven, a gleeful Calvin Gatch happily announced the news flash that his sister Sarah was engaged to be married. The lucky gentleman? Edward Fehlig. Fast forward some fifty years and it is ‘Nice to Remember’. On Dec 29th, at their home at #16 Washington Terrace, a large gathering of Sarah and Ed’s numerous friends gave tribute to this wonderful couple. Reflecting their special interests, there was much music and a good deal of Spanish and French to be heard. BTW, did you know the family has a jazz cellist? Adrianna Tatum starred at the party as she accompanied her Uncle Eddy, Lory Ellebracht, and Great Uncle Bob in rendering some traditional favorites. The musical genotype carries on.

“After the ball was over…”

Congratulations to you Sarah and Ed!

A ‘thank you’ also to Qun, Dellie, and Eddie for sending in the photos and memorabilia.


Crushed Red

Filed under: Entertainment,Family Events,Family Places — Chamberlain @ 11:56 pm

This news just in – Powell and Ralph Kalish will be opening their new Clayton restaurant on February 13th. Described as “fast casual” and occupying an ideal spot at 8007 Maryland Avenue at Meramec, this “Urban Bake and Chop Shop” will be a great new addition to the Clayton culinary scene. Local Restaurateur Chris LaRocca is partnering with Powell and Ralph in this endeavor, with a proposed menu built around chopped salads, stone fired pizzas and fine wines – ideal for both a quick lunch and/or a relaxed dinner – and a perfect venue for the Clayton business clientele. A preliminary website can be accessed here, and Powell has kindly provided some construction photos here. This will be an ideal gathering place for the St Louis Chambers crowd. Here is a photo of the convenient location formerly occupied by Blick Art Supplies

The clan extends its best wishes for a home run to the Kalish men – see you there!


Emily’s Notes

Filed under: Agriculture,Entertainment — Chamberlain @ 4:34 pm

Thanks to our West Coast correspondent Emily Gatch we have the following byline from Autrans, France. (If the following link doesn’t appear refresh your page please…)

Does this seem far fetched? Not at all. Consider the following post from the Punjapit blog May 2010:


“While it seems incredible to play music to cows, breeder Guo Zhixin actually hires a musician to play music to his dairy cows for one hour every morning, saying beautiful meledies can make his cows produce more milk.”

“Guo, who raises 860 cows on his farm in a village near city Luoyang, central China’s Henan Province, says playing music to cows brings forth one more kilo of milk from every cow, every day, resulting in 700 yuan’s more worth of milk every year, reported on Monday.”

“Guo began offering music sessions for his cows last March, when he learned the idea from a foreign cow magazine.”


We also know that one version of the lyrics of Bessie Smith’s tune Hot time in the Old Town Tonight resulted from Patrick and Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lantern in her barn resulting in the great Chicago Fire of 1871 (see Wikipedia here). Another Smith, Sarah, of Wilmette Il sings a particularly hot version of this tune…

Hat tip to Emily for her agro-musicological update!


In the Spotlight

Filed under: Drama,Entertainment,Family Updates,Glimpses — Chamberlain @ 1:56 pm

Drama aficionados, take note! Anne Dollimore will be playing in Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms, running from the 12 – 28th of March at the Muddy Waters Theater in midtown St Louis. Showings will be on Friday and Saturday at 8:00PM and Sundays at 2:00PM. If you haven’t been to the Kranzberg Arts Center (Grand and Olive), you can enjoy the talents of one of our own and at the same time experience one of the brightest new venues in the Grandel arts scene.

Here’s a synopsis from the Muddy Water web site:

Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms

March 12 – March 28 | Directed by Jerry McAdams

The setting is 1870’s New England. Widower Ephraim Cabot abandons his farm to his three sons. Eben, the youngest and brightest sibling, feels the farm is his birthright, as it originally belonged to his mother. He buys out his half-brothers’ shares of the farm with money stolen from his father, and Peter and Simeon head off to California to seek their fortune. Later, Ephraim returns with a new wife, the beautiful and headstrong Abbie, who enters into an adulterous affair with Eben. Soon after, Abbie bears Eben’s child, but lets Ephraim believe that the child is his, in the hopes of securing her future with the farm. The proud Ephraim is oblivious as his neighbors openly mock him as a cuckold. Abbie has fallen madly in love with Eben and becomes fearful it would become an obstacle to their relationship, Abbie commits a terrible crime. An enraged and distraught Eben turns Abbie over to the sheriff, but not before admitting to himself his responsibility.

With Prozac in hand, the combination of Anne Dollimore and a great venue will surely make for a memorable evening – kudos to Anne for landing a role in this production!

Stand Back Boys!

Filed under: Entertainment,Music,Youth Education — Chamberlain @ 12:28 am

Nothing is quite as exhilarating as unexpectedly stumbling across true genius, especially when this genius is youthful and her talent is still evolving. In our prior Divertimento posts we have shared the fun of exploring musical phenoms such as Roy Goodman and guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. Tonight it is a young pianist, indeed a Missourian, who is our featured virtuosa. Her name is Stephanie Trick and rather than wasting time writing about her, just listen to this…





Stephanie’s idol and inspiration was Fats Waller. Can you imagine what that prodigious and prodigiously gifted pianist would have thought on hearing Stephanie render his ‘Handful of Keys‘ or ‘Viper’s Drag‘? No doubt about what he would have said: ‘This joint is Jumpin’.


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