Darrell's book, "Having A Great Time, Wish You Were Here!" invites us to re-live a memorable time. Since Darrell is a big music lover, I wanted to include music in my spread. Last February, a group of friends got together and went to see "Pink Martini" in concert. They are a 12 piece orchestra that plays original music with a distinctive "retro" feel. They have an amazing lead female vocalist who sings in no less than seven different languages! The bandleader describes their music best when he says "our repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It’s a bit like an urban musical travelogue...In that sense we’re a bit like musical archeologists, digging through recordings and scores of years past and rediscovering beautiful songs.” Read more about the band at www.pinkmartini.com
The concert was an absolute blast! When we weren't up on our feet dancing, there was a lot of hand-clapping and toe-tapping going on. How can audience not have a good time in the presence of their music? Have a listen for yourself:
For my spread, I selected a page with a picture of an old 45 rpm vinyl record on it. I burned two Pink Martini CDs for Darrell, created jackets for them and positioned them onto the left side of the page. The right side of the spread has a pink martini image and a blurb about the band on two separate transparencies. I struggled with the layout of this page for the longest time. I wanted to include the image of the "retro" couple but wasn't sure where to place them. Eventually, I slipped the cut-out behind the two transparencies and that seemed to work!