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Femion » When the Moon Hits Your Eye It’s not Very Pretty

When the Moon Hits Your Eye It’s not Very Pretty

March 18th, 2005

Tuesday evening we went to this “Italian American Music Festival” at the Mann Auditorium. When I heard the title I thought, Okay, they’re going to sing songs from the Opera greats such as Verdi or Puccini. It’s not really my favourite thing to sit through, because I think that you really need to see operas from start to finish, or else it’s just some guy in a tuxedo singing in another language. When we got there the stage, to my surprise, had not an orchestra but a swing band set up with for Saxophonists. That got my attention. However, the show was a big disappointment. It seemed to be a show for the offspring of talented people. There was Sandy Hacket, the son of Buddy, Deana Martin, Herb Gershwin, and some italian tenor who sang too loudly and with too much vibrato about religion, patriotism, and showtunes. It was something only fit for PBS primetime. In fact, I think my mother and I were the only to people whose age was anything under 50 in the thousand seat plus auditorium. It didn’t follow its original theme either, except for the fact that two of the performers had italian backgrounds and having to sit through extremely tacky performances of “That’s Amore” and “Maria”. The tenor kept giving encore after encore after encore as the audience streamed out that I wondered, a half hour later, once safely home, whether he was still up on that stage, singing.

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