The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 12, 1986, Page Page 7, Image 7
Wednesday, November 12, 1986 Daily Nebraskan Page 7 His ri hzmmicmmmiemt tookey never gets stale PauVs musical mystery evident with, without Peter and Mary By James Sennett Staff Reporter . f'V.A r j ' . ?. ' v o 4 ' i t Mr,: u c 1 . 4 r i. r i (( . L -; ... 1 1 J t . ? .. j . t , a ecr . Wi .-$ 5 str- . ?rc;c:--' "" ..p?:-. . r . t ?!.' ' ' c ;r::!' i. : t . . r; i tl c:-. r t;.r. ' -1 - . r" i- . " ' ' " " """ ' " . ; - ' I :. . t: ; y it v.-i t : i r 4 I 1 - - ti : - American music history will be seen live on stage at UNL Thursday night. Noel Paul Stookey the "Paul and" of the legendary folk-rock group Peter, Paul and Mary will be performing in the Centennial Room with his band, "Bodyworks." No connoisseur of con temporary American art forms should miss it. Profile Since "Puff the Magic Dragon" was born well before most readers of this newspaper, it is appropriate in light of this historic concert to present an introduction to the music of this delight ful balladeer. Stookey has pressed vinyl many times since breaking up with and subsequently rejoining the classic trio, but his aesthetic contributions can be adequately summarized with a look to three of his productions: his live con cert album "Real to Reel" (Sparrow, 1977), his anthology album "There is Love" (NewPax, 1983) and his latest production with Bodyworks, "State of the Heart" (NewPax, 1985). "State of the Heart" proves that the really great ones never weary; they just find new and better ways to do what they do. The album never parts signifi cantly from the open-endedness in lyric and ultimately satisfying, non-electronic style that was the earmark of P, P & M and their contemporaries. The heritage of Dylan, Baez and the upright bass are still fully evident. Yet, if charges of staleness and lack of variety were ever warranted against this master, they have been laid to rest here. Eleven cuts give 11 different approaches to the folk style, from the unabashed country ballad "For Christ mas" to the rocking, almost (but not quite) AOR sounds of "Circuit Rider." And in between there is folk, soft rock, pop and even a hint of jazz all the offerings that more enlightened tastes would desire. "There is Love" is the story of Stoo key at his best. The title cut, sung at thousands of weddings over the last decade, introduces us to a man in love with his Lord and anxious to help oth ers fall in love as well. This anthology brings us the human situation in full State of the Arts Compiled by Stew Magnuson Staff Reporter At Cornerstone: George Ritchie, UNL School of Music professor of organ, will perform a faculty recital on the Bedient organ at Corner stone, 640 N. 16th St., at 8 p.m. Sunday. The free concert will feature Bach's organ works much as they sounded when performed by Bach in the early 18th century on the organ of his time. The Bedient organ is a recreation of the North German organ of the 18th century. At Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery: This is the last week to see the excellent Alexander Calder exhibit at Sheldon. The show includes many of Calder's famous mobiles and some nice paintings. Since they are mobiles and there isn't much of a breeze inside Sheldon, I wish the Sheldon people would turn on some high-powered, oscillating fans and point them toward the mobiles. When I saw the exhibit, I had to blow on the mobiles so hard just to see them move that I almost passed out from hyperventilation. The exhibit runs through Nov. 16. If you know of an event you would like us to announce, send press information to: "State of the Arts" co Daily Nebraskan 34 Nebraska Union 1400 R St. Lincoln, Neb. 68588 ft' J :-4 'pa i. iwin m f . n i i mmf Courtesy of Stookey Paul's here, but where are Peter and Mary? Stookey now performs with Bodyworks (above). force as only such sensitive eyes could see it. We learn of "Sebastian," "John Henry Bosworth" and ourselves ("You're the Only One") and see in each face a hint of what it means for humanity to long for, strive for and maybe despair of reunion with the One who holds all promise of fulfillment. Even in a world where awe is fast being replaced by ability, Stookey reminds us in "Mira cles" that "A scientist can tell you how night turns into dayBut they can never take the wonder away." It is in "Real to Reel" (and the second side of "There is Love") that Stookey is seen for what he truly is: a wandering minstrel with guitar and suitcase, living for the too-rare moments on stage when the spotlight makes his message the plan of the hour. Stookey favorites "The Winner" "Old Lady," and a guest appearance by Puff himself highlight this night with the bard. Even in the comfort of one's living room, the magic of a Stookey concert comes through the grooves to sweep the attentive listener to the magic land of Honoh Lee. The career of Nobel Paul Stookey is a towering example of how music can be used to mirror, challenge and shape culture. His conversion to Christianity and subsequent translation of human itarian causes into the language of the church was a natural transition in the life of one seeking truth in the eyes and hearts of people. His words and music tell us lovingly, unobtrusively, seductively to a seeker's haven, a protester's paradise. He is not the sticky-sweet, shallow, deceptively sunny "I just want td praise Jesus all the time!" that oozes from most evangelical labels. Rather, he draws from his faith an unshakable assurance, a love for and disdain against judging others, and a social and evangelical mission for peace, jus tice and, above all, joy. "For wherever two or more of you are gathered in His name, there is love." - f " Courtesy o NETV 'Candide ' on NETV "Live From Lincoln Center" presents Leonard Bernstein's satirical opera "Candide" tonight at 7 p.m. on channel 12.