It’s no secret that music is an important part of my life. In fact, some of my fondest early memories of growing up in northeast Oklahoma involve standing over my mother’s shoulder while she played the piano.
I couldn’t sing a lick – and still can’t – but that didn’t stop me from belting out the lyrics to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” or Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.”
My oldest sister, Donna, opened my ears – and eyes – to the marvels of live music in the late 1970s when she took me to see Willie Nelson, my very first concert.
Photo by Keith Kujath
Cary Hudson’s roots run deep in the Pine Belt of south Mississippi. Raised in Sumrall with time spent in Jackson and Oxford, he toured extensively before making his way back. It’s here where he’s most at home – both with his life and with his music.
“If it’s dark or bright, I’ve got to go where you are” - Duke Ellington’s ‘Chlo-E’
Mood Indigo was a novel published in 1947, and if read with that in mind will raise an eyebrow to the genius that was Boris Vian. Vian died in 1959 at the ripe age of 39 at a screening of I Will Spit on Your Graves, another film that had been adapted from his literary works.
In Japan, cultures are taught at the youngest age to honor their elders. The generation gap continues to turn large groups of people culturally against each other. So given how every generation enjoys the thrust and commonality of its brand of Pop, this is a great time to turn back the clock and see where it all originated.
The following individuals and businesses are among this year's finalists in Signature Magazine's annual "Best of the Pine Belt" competition, held in conjunction with FestivalSouth. Voting begins Feb. 14 at www.festivalsouth.org – Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!
NIGHT TO SHINE
5-8pm @ TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Join Temple Baptist for a prom-night experience for people with special needs. Celebrating the uniqueness of each individual prom guest by providing an unforgettable night where they are welcomed, valued and loved, a Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.
GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA
8PM @ SAENGER THEATER
When Hannah Southerland went on stage to receive her Mississippi Occupational Diploma from Lawrence County High School in 2013, her entire class gave her a standing ovation. Surely, this kind of moment would have been exciting and memorable for any family. But for Hannah’s family, it also signified how far she had come and how many odds she had defied. When Hannah was diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy at a very young age, her family was left feeling uncertain about what the future would hold – a feeling to which any parent of a child with special needs can relate.
In its seventh year, the parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and will include a number of floats, walking groups and plenty of beads and other trinkets. Area residents are ready for a parade after last year’s event was cancelled due to the forecast for inclement weather.
“A highlight of this year’s parade will be in the addition of the Honey Island Clydesdale horses,” said Melissa Saucier, parade director.
This year’s parade will lead off with the University of Southern Mississippi cheerleaders riding a Hattiesburg fire truck.