Let it never be said that, as a performer, I’m inflexible. I’m still pliable enough to wiggle into a chicken costume (ask me sometime how I got it), and by Foghorn Leghorn, I’m doing it in a new musical program. “Boogie in the Barnyard” celebrates country life and animalia from around the world, with songs ranging from, “Turkey in the Straw” and, “There Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” to my own compositions such as, “Don’t Ever Be a Bully (Unless You’re a Male Cow).” And of course, we Chicken Dance. It’s a feather-flapping good time for kids of all ages, including those of us who refuse to grow up.
On the other side of the musical hedgerow, in anticipation of the balmy weather that has to arrive one of these days in Wisconsin, I’m springing ahead with another new musical program. “Songs of the Sprit” is a collection of happy and hopeful refrains, that celebrate good times and help pull us through the tough ones. I pull from a variety of genres from traditional and country gospel to modern aspirations by The Beatles and Bob Marley—accompanied on guitar, mandolin and drum. Although the music is uplifting and strongly spiritual, it is not “preachy” and my show is appropriate for any senior venue or other adult audience.
As always, my “10% Solution” applies: 10% of all my performance income will be donated to charity; especially organizations that benefit children and seniors, my two most frequent audiences. Don’t you think it’s about time to put a singing chicken, or another of my sonic soirees, into the life of your organization?