Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Local musician's lyrics strike a powerful note

This week, I began my journalism internship at The Oakland Press.

My first assignment was to rewrite a press release about the finale of the Oakland Town Hall Lecture Series.

The last lecture of the season takes place Wednesday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. at The St. George Cultural Center on Woodward in Bloomfield Hills.

But, this is not a typical lecture. It is the life experiences of a local musician, Chuck White, told in original song and music.

I emailed White to talk about his music and performance. He graciously offered to stop by the paper's office for a personal conversation.

In preparation for the article and interview, I studied White's website,ChuckWhiteMusic.com.

He uses his music to tell stories. He is passionate about honoring the men and women who have lost their lives while serving their country.

Also included in his online song book are compositions written for friends and family. Others are autobiographical. Free downloads of White's songs are available from iTunes.

One that caught my eye -- and ear -- is a song titled "Wanna Work." Even though White wrote this song prior to the current recession, it delivers a powerful visual and vocal depiction of the hardship that has enveloped Michigan. White produced the song into a video that was shot in Detroit:

Tickets for Chuck White's performance are $20.
To purchase in advance call Barbara Richards at 248.625.3117
Tickets will also be available at the door.

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