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Actress and singer Chelsea LeSage performs in an offbeat musical about the fall of Lucifer.

Last summer we had the opportunity to preview songs from an unusual musical. We had the venue, a church in New Shoreham, almost to ourselves and were surprised that more vacationers didn’t show up. It’s true that the show is hard to describe, so maybe that was the reason.

Composer Mark Kelso and the beautiful singer Chelsea LeSage narrated the story and sang enough of the songs to give us a taste of what the musical was about. Loosely based on the fall of Lucifer in the Bible, it explored the question of why one of the brightest stars in Heaven, according to the story, fell the hardest. When I add that the musical has a lot of humor, despite its serious intent, you will see why it is hard to describe.

As a warm-up, Kelso performed one of his signature on-the-spot compositions.

From the concert program: “The most popular songs in Mark Kelso’s shows are the ones he makes up on the spot. The pianist and songwriter interviews an audience member for about a minute, then immediately performs a song written about that person. Afterwards he emails the person an mp3 copy of the song.”

The program also says that Kelso would “sit at the baby grand in the Harbor Church sanctuary and play some of his contemplative, New Age-style piano pieces. He left Virgin Record’s New Age label, Narada, to form his own label, Muddy Angel, so he could have more freedom to pursue religious themes and music of healing. He’s released five CDs on that label, including one recorded live in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Dave Brubeck and George Winston praised that one.

“Recently Mark has written a Broadway-style musical called Luci: Fall of the Bright and Morning Star.”

Click on the links to learn more about the show and the performers. We had no idea what we were getting into, but we definitely enjoyed the tunes and the singing.

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I’ve been on one of my periodic murder-mystery splurges, with a couple mysteries this month that take place in France.

Books about France should never be read on an empty stomach — there is always wonderful food.

The author of The Crowded Grave actually went overboard, I thought, stopping urgent action to prepare elaborate meals. I think The Bookseller mystery will maintain a better balance. So far the hero has only had pastries and lovely coffees on route to something actually related to the story.

Thinking about France makes me want to point out a website where my friend Ronnie Hess blogs, My French Life. Ronnie lived in France for years working for CBS and more recently wrote a guidebook called Eat Smart in France that taps her her deep knowledge of French food.

Ronnie was already a fine cook as a teenager, when I recall making a Scripture cake at her house:

  • 3/4 cup Genesis 18:8
  • 1 1/2 cup Jeremiah 6:20
  • 5 Isaiah 10:14 (separated)
  • 3 cups sifted Leviticus 24:5
  • 3 teaspoons 2 Kings 2:20
  • 3 teaspoons Amos 4:5
  • 1 teaspoon Exodus 30:23
  • 1/4 teaspoon each 2 Chronicles 9:9
  • 1/2 cup Judges 4:19
  • 3/4 chopped Genesis 43:11
  • 3/4 cup finely cut Jeremiah 24:5
  • 3/4 cup 2 Samuel 16:1
  • Whole Genesis 43:11

Her mother helped us think through what was meant by leavening and certain more arcane references.

Do check out Ronnie at My French Life, here.

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