She & Him: New Album Announcement!

She & Him (a.k.a. M. Ward and New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel) just announced the upcoming release and tracklist of their new covers album, Classics. Set for release on December 2nd, Classics will include She & Him’s interpretation of a wide range of “golden oldies” — from Broadyway and Bacharach to Sinatra and Dusty Springfield.



Classics Tracklist:
1. “Stars Fell on Alabama”
2. “Oh No, Not My Baby”
3. “It’s Not for Me to Say”
4. “Stay Awhile”
5. “This Girl’s in Love With You”
6. “Time After Time”
7. “She”
8. “Teach Me Tonight”
9. “It’s Always You”
10. “Unchained Melody”
11. “I’ll Never Be Free”
12. “Would You Like to Take a Walk”
13. “We’ll Meet Again”

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Introducing Marie Davidson…

Sultry, dark, French electro-pop by Montreal singer-songwriter and poet Marie Davidson from her debut album, Perte d’identité (which means “loss of identity”)…

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Discount Ballet Tickets for WV Parents

West Virginian parents who receive CHIP and/Medicaid assistance for their kids can get discount Charleston Ballet tickets for just $5 each thanks to the Ballet For All program. You just have to purchase tickets in advance at the box office as supplies are limited.

I cannot emphasize enough what a positive impact Charleston’s arts scene had on me as a very poor child – one who went from a turbulent home of domestic violence to a loving but struggling single-parent home. I’m so grateful to the kind friends and their parents who took me to the WV Symphony, The Charleston Ballet and Mountain Stage, all of which gave me an intense interest in and love for the arts that I may not have developed otherwise. Those experiences had a direct influence on my pursuit of writing about music, first through this blog and eventually for The Charleston Gazette.

So take your kid to the ballet, it’s a memory that will have lasting effects.

Romeo & Juliet Ballet at Festivall

Festivall had another glorious evening of Shakespearan entertainment. The Charleston Ballet gave a lovely performance of Romeo & Juliet, featuring guest dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet and an exquisite score by Prokofiev.

We have to give a shout out to “Lady Capulet,” who stole the show with her raging, grief-stricken scene. Full disclosure: “Lady Capulet” has been my best friend since we were four years old and has written for Muruch in the past. But that doesn’t make her performance tonight any less awesome!

It’s been a grand weekend for local arts events, though a bit disorganized in regards to conflicting schedules. I hope the various arts organizations in Charleston better coordinate their schedules in the future, preferably with a central calendar perhaps under the management umbrella of Festivall. That will help local audiences support all the performances instead of having to choose between them.


Muruch Weekly Playlist, 10-24-14

What I’ve been listening to this week…

Missing from Spotify: “Chemical Wedding” by Gaba Kulka (mp3) and “Unplayed Piano” by Damien Rice.

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