Wednesday, January 25, 2017
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the angelic Martin Savi. This is what beautiful music, and a soulful presence is all about. Martin's music has become the soundtrack of my life. I can't hear enough of it. In the video clip below he sings an extremely haunting rendition of "La Carretera (The Road)". God bless you Martin Savi. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Emanuel Zekic, a young Roma singer from Serbia, can only be described as amazing. His magical voice has many shades. You can call it sultry, passionate, exotic, soulful. But, whatever adjectives you prefer to use, the fact is that Emanuel's superb singing needs to heard by the whole world. In his voice you can hear the mysteries, pain, joys, and hopes, of the Roma people. Many of the microtones that he sings, cannot be written in standard Western musical notation. You won't find those notes on a piano keyboard. To perform them, one has to live these notes, and feel the subtle intonations of the music. To the Western ear, the microtones are aromatic, and redolent of unseen things, and takes us to emotional states that we have not transcended to before. I must say that when I first heard Emanuel's music, I wept from the joy, and sheer beauty of it all. In fact I still cry whenever I hear him sing. I too have Roma blood running in my veins. Emanuel has the most beatific, and angelic smile that I have ever seen. God has truly blessed him with wonderful gifts. Click on the video widgets below to hear him sing two hauntingly beautiful songs, "Oprosti Mi (Forgive Me)", and "Ti Ja Vise Ne (You And I Are No Longer)". Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the return of the very talented actor, Hale Lytle. I featured him previously on Angel Watchers, and those posts can be found here: Henley - Hale Lytle and Hale Lytle A short time ago there was buzz on the internet that Hale was to reprise his role as Ted Henley in a theatrical version of "Henley", but alas, that was not to be. Unfortunately, director Craig Macneill made a big mistake in casting another young actor, Jared Breeze, in the role of Ted Henley. Jared is a light-weight actor who does not have the emotional depth of Hale Lytle. The remake is called "The Boy", and it is a rather limp and boring film. Hale Lytle has appeared in a theatrical film called "Young Bodies Heal Quickly, and several remarkable short films "Weasel", "Killer", and "Fort Apache". You can watch "Killer" and "Fort Apache" in their entirety below. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
FORT APACHE from Addison Mehr on Vimeo.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am pleased to present a fantastic musical group from Puerto Rico called Tick Tock. "Dime Que Si (Tell Me Yes)" by Tick Tock is a very infectious song. It's hard to keep still while listening to it! Rum is not the only export from Puerto Rico, Tick Tock has supplanted it as a viable commodity. This group was created by a former manager of Menudo, of days past. In fact, former members of Menudo gave their blessings to this new group, when they were first introduced. I like Tick Tock a lot. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Friday, December 11, 2015
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring an incredible new singer from Italy by the name of Matteo Martignoni. Matteo does a very beautiful cover of the late great Lucio Dalla's haunting "Anna e Marco (Anna and Mark)". Matteo gives a superb performance that just melts the heart. One might say that he truly sings with angel fire love. Please click on this link to watch "Anna e Marco". This song will make you look at the world, and life, differently. It is so good. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fantastic new production of "Oliver" at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, located in southwest Washington D. C. What made the show very interesting was that it had a theater-in-the-round configuration. As you can tell from the photos above, it is a very small theater, and holds about 680 people. The play is performed in the center floor surrounded by four sections of seats. The play and the action is really in-your-face, as you are so close to the actors. The seating is quite intimate, so you really feel that you are a part of the play. Nine year old Jake Heston Miller plays Oliver, and is the star of the show. His singing is outstanding, and he has a stage presence that is superb for his very young age. Jake studies voice with professor Elysabeth Muscat at the Peabody Institute, which is part of the John Hopkins University in Maryland, so his vocal training is top-of-the-line classical. Professor Muscat is the dean of voice studies at Peabody. When Jake sang "Where Is Love", my eyes filled with tears. His rendition was so moving that my heart just melted. Jake's voice is strong and has unusual depth for one so young. By-the-way, he is a straight "A" student in the fourth grade, and enjoys playing tennis. Jake lives in Warrenton, Virginia. I was on vacation in Washington D. C. with a friend, and our main itinerary was to visit the Washington D. C. Mall, but quite by chance I saw an advertisement in the local paper for "Oliver", and we decided that it was a must see even though the tickets were quite pricey at $122.00 each, but it was more than worth it, and was money well spent. Getting to Arena Stage was easy from downtown Washington D. C. We took the Metro at Union Station, and got off at the Waterfront Metro stop, which is very close to the theater. "Oliver" runs from October 30, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, so if you are in the Washington D. C. area, it is worth seeing. Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.
Monday, November 16, 2015
I thought that I would bring in the New Year with Vlad Krutskikh and Street Magic, singing their cool rendition of "Ivan Kupala". Ivan Kupala Day (St. John the Baptist Day), is celebrated in Eastern European countries around July 7. Tvorila Night, the eve of Ivan Kupala Day, is considered to be a time for good humor, mischief, and boisterous fun. On Ivan Kupala day itself, children have water fights, and perform pranks mostly involving pouring water over someone's head. After all, it is St. John the Baptist day. I am a bit nostalgic about "Ivan Kupala", as it is the song that introduced me to the amazing, and entertaining, Vlad Krutskikh and Street Magic. It is interesting to note that all the performers in this cool video are wearing Ivan Kupala (St. John The Baptist) themed costumes. Happy New Year to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.