Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Monday, 18 April 2011 15:09

"Love" Songs: Confessions of a Failed Pom Pom Girl

Written by Andrea Braun
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The Details

presentersdolan.com
presentersdolan.com

While it’s too late for you to support Kay Martin Love’s lingering trauma about failing to make her high school pom pom squad in the late 1970s, I have a feeling you’ll get another chance. Love’s pain is our pleasure, as she resurrects song from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and she puts on a grand night of singing, joking and music.

While the stage is a bit crowded with Watkins at the big piano, Rick Weiss playing bass guitar and the nearly-hidden drummer, Jim, and Watts, providing harmonies on some of the best numbers. In fact, they all sing except Weiss. This vocal support is especially effective on some of the bigger numbers, such as “More than a Feeling,” “Love Lift Us Up,” (covers of Boston and Journey, respectively); “Fame” and “Flashdance/What a Feeling” (Irene Cara power ballads) and Donna Summer’s disco anthem, “Last Dance,” the encore. The group was outstanding on the “silly love song,” “Afternoon Delight” (Starland Vocal Band) and Paul McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs” framed a medley of, well, silly love songs (and it turned into a novelty set when she segued into “Feelings” and “Havin’ My Baby,” for which I do forgive her).

Between numbers, Love told us tales of teenage angst, and how she found comfort in the Glee Club, “We were ‘Gleeks’ before our time,” she reminisced. Actually, there isn’t a whole lot of patter in this show, or at least not as much as many performers rely on, and that’s all to the good when you have this much musical ground to cover. Love’s voice is best suited to an operetta soprano style, which ironically, she used in a comedy rendition of “I Think I Love You” (David Cassidy). I thought some of the lower registers in the rocking numbers gave her a bit of trouble, but it wasn’t really important. She does have a strong alto on slower numbers such as “I’m
Sailing Away” where that part of her range had a chance to shine. Overall, though, she has a lovely tone and it was a lot of fun to hear these “nouveau classics.”

A highlight of the show for me was Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader of the Band.” When the song was popular, I never gave too much thought to my dad. He was just always there, and that was the fact. Now that he’s gone; however, it has new resonance, and Love’s interpretation brought me to tears. On the other end of the spectrum, her cover of “Evergreen” wasn’t entirely successful. She did make it more delicate and suited to her instrument than Streisand’s version, but it was a little pitchy in spots. “Open Arms” (Journey) allowed her to sing in her mid-range and it mostly worked, but another song, “What Do I Do to Make You Love Me” by Elton John was outstanding, a highlight. “It’s My Turn,” covering Diana Ross occasionally sounded reedy, but the end pulled it through to a great place, leading into “We May Never Pass This Way Again,” that showcased everyone on stage.

Love gave due credit to J.T. Taylor for lights and sound, both of which were fine, and the evening ended on a high note. Well, maybe not quite high enough for me because I wish she’d use that gorgeous soprano more often, but she gave us a show that was polished, fun, and when she brings her tales of pom pom woe to us again, I think you’d do well to check it out.

Additional Info

More in this category: « A.D. or ADD? Royal pain »

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…

KDHX Recommends

January
Saturday
17

Recording Clinic with Patrick Crecelius

KDHX is proud to host a DIY mixing workshop for musicians at The Stage at KDHX. The clinic will be taught by Patrick Crecelius of Cedar Box Studio. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, his credits include such local artists as Ryan...


January
Sunday
18

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round Welcomes The Boogers

The Boogers are the brainchild of Dr. Paul Crowe. Fatherhood, a PhD in Developmental Psychology, and 20 years of sloggin' it in wretched clubs as a punk rocker - even opening for Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone - formed Paul's...


February
Sunday
01

Discovery Series

The Discovery Series, a 10-event series spanning February to June, 2015, will not only bring you new music, but also music-focused interactive sessions that take a look at how music plays a role in our society. Each month the...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Upcoming Events HAPPENING

Online Users

1 user and 9704 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook