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posted Friday, June 10, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 23
A Dyke About Town: Allen Toussaint an amazing songwriter, performer
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A Dyke About Town: Allen Toussaint an amazing songwriter, performer

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Allen Toussaint
Cuteness turned Mercy on to Allen Toussaint, and Mercy was very happy she did. He appeared at Jazz Alley on May 31. The singer had white hair and appeared in a turquoise jacket with multicolored accents and jewels, matching pants, and a tie. His voice was powerful and his face expressive. He was a master of the piano.

He mentioned writing 'Java' and 'Whipped Cream,' both of which Al Hirt had as hits. He opened with 'Happy Times' which, like most of the evening, was upbeat. 'Sneaking Sally Through the Alley' and 'Sweet Touch of Love' followed nicely. 'I've Seen the Rain Pouring Down' was slow and soulful. 'I'll Take a Melody' was light. 'Someday You'll Be Gone' was slow and sad. 'Certain Girl' came back to the fast pace.

'Mother-in-Law,' 'Fortune Teller,' and 'Working in a Coal Mine' were famous hits of his. 'Singin' the Blues' was a nice song by Melvin Endsley. 'St. James Infirmary' was a classic. 'Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)' was another fine original. Toussaint said the most-covered of his songs was the next one, 'Get Out My Life, Woman.' 'We Are America Now' was another slow one.

Tussaint said, 'Before [Hurricane] Katrina, the world came to me,' because many artists came to him to produce their albums. 'Katrina was one big booking agency, getting me out on the road.' His house was destroyed in the hurricane and he lived in New York while he had it rebuilt.

The Steve Goodman song 'City of New Orleans' followed. Toussaint said, 'All white people know this song.' He had us sing along. He was right. 'It's a New Orleans Thing' continued the theme.

The next song, 'Southern Nights,' was Cuteness' favorite, probably because she feels the same sort of wistfulness about her own childhood in Southern culture. She appreciates Toussaint's deep love of his culture and the land. This song was made famous by other singers, most notably Glen Campbell, but it's a different thing when sung by him - at least to her, it is. It's his version that moves her. Mercy liked some storytelling the singer did about his growing up in Louisiana, which inspired the song. The sold-out audience gave him a standing ovation. The announcer mentioned this was his first appearance here.

Storm vs. Mercury
Mercy and Cuteness very much appreciated the season opener of the Seattle Storm on June 4 against the Phoenix Mercury at Key Arena. Destiny mentioned she missed Bossa Nova. Both Svetlana Abrosimova (Russia) and Jana Vesela (Czech Republic) did not return to the Storm this season. They are both currently playing for their national teams in pursuit of an Olympic bid this summer. Katie Smith was new at this game. She played the position of guard. Katie turned 37 at Saturday's game. She is the third-highest scorer in the league.

There was a great deal of excitement with the ring ceremony for the team's WNBA championship. Jamie Nova and Mischa Kainne performed a rocking National Anthem. Governor Gregoire was in the audience.

The first quarter was close, ending Storm 18, Mercury 16. The lead increased to 19 before the game ended with a respectable 78-71 Seattle victory. Camille Little injured her knee toward the end and left the court. Even so, she was the highest scorer with 18 points. Lauren Jackson was second with 15. Katie Smith was the Microsoft Player of the Game with eight.

Cuteness liked Smith a lot and appreciated that she did a lot of three-pointers. She said it was an aggressive game. Phoenix is known for that. Sue Bird was on the floor a lot. Cuteness also likes being the fan of a winning team.

Jenny McNulty
Mercy and her friend Zazen went to see Jenny McNulty at Theater Off Jackson on June 5. Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt warmed up with some of Mercy's favorites: 'The Twelve Step Inner Child Day Care,' 'The Gravity Blues (My Skin Has Fallen and it Can't Get Up),' and 'Heartwood Mac.'

Zazen liked how tight Koch's rock 'n' roll guitar was. She also liked how well McNulty worked the audience.

Mercy's favorite of Jenny's jokes was one about how it was no coincidence that the killing of Osama bin Laden followed so closely after the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Her second favorite was the comic's suggestion we should say wherever there is an increase in Gay marriage, there is a corresponding decrease in erectile dysfunction. Her other favorite was calling Arnold Schwarzenegger 'the Sperminator.'

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