If you’re reading this in the tri-state area on February 4, the view from your window might be cheerless, the prime ornament being snow heaped up in unappealing mounds. As I write this, the thermometer is struggling to rise up out of the twenties. You can’t hear it, but I am sighing.
But there are two events coming soon to a Brooklyn oasis that will make me and a small group of the faithful forget about winter. The oasis is THE DRAWING ROOM, a beautiful secular shrine to music created by pianist Michael Kanan and string bassist Stephanie Greig, and you can find it at 56 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, New York. It’s accessible from nearly every major subway line, and the price of admission is a mere ten dollars. This Sunday night, from 7 to 10 PM, the wonderful singer Gabrielle Stravelli and Michael will be making beautiful music. I know. I speak from experience:
I watched my video of this 2012 performance again, to make sure I wasn’t simply remembering the experience through a sweet nostalgic haze, and once again I had to brush tears away. This performance of BILL is the musical equivalent of watching a flower open in slow motion, for Gabrielle and Michael so wisely and sweetly capture the doubleness of the song — a mildly comic undercurrent, the teasing way one can gently list the faults of the person one loves, because both that person and you know the deep accepting love underneath, and the embracing tenderness. Michael and Gabrielle fully inhabit those emotions and make them come to rich life in front of us, in sounds and words.
I expect some of this magic will happen again this coming Sunday, so I will don appropriate winter garb to make it to Brooklyn.
Here is the Facebook event page for this concert. Sign on. Join in. The music will reward you.
And, one week later, February 15, pianist Roberta Piket and tenor saxophonist Lena Bloch will be making brave beautiful music at the Drawing Room. I hope to be there, too.
May your happiness increase!