Bram Brought It On in Benefit Concert
By Nancy Snipper
They say when we reach a certain age we revert to being a kid again. We laugh a lot, we rediscover wonder in the world, and we sure love having fun. We also sing more because we feel like it.
Mon, Mar 9, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
On Monday, February 23, Bram Morrison traveled down memory lane with a marvelous medley of many famous signature songs that almost every kid in Canada knew by heart. But this time, it wasn’t our kids—or our grandkids—who were singing those iconic Sharon, Lois, and Bram songs inside Teatro Santa Ana that evening. It was us, and we sure had a hoot doing it.
Bram is as brilliant as ever; his voice is gentle and soothing, and his humor as wholesome and folksy as the lyric demands. The song about a rooster was prefaced by the revelation that no rooster in the world says a four-syllable, “cock-a-doodle-do.” In fact, it makes a three-syllable sound that Bram brazenly demonstrated. That brought on lots of laughter, as did his song about an unlucky worm whose girlfriend was not a worm, but a caterpillar. She hit the sky as a butterfly. Not only was his heart broken, but he ended up in pieces, thanks to a lawn mower.
We sailed away with his sad sea shanty song, but belted out the chorus of his Eerie Canal ditty whose rhyming lyric took us into a storm; sinking into water or a bottle of gin seemed to be our only choice.
Singing in English, Spanish, and French as well as in a host of accents, including a West Indian one, with the song written by his pal, the late Peter Kastner, Bram brought us a Barbadian beauty in the figure of Louisa, a cashier who worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who inspired Mr. Kastner to write the lyric. He asked Bram to write the music. In contrast, sadness cast its own melancholy in the lyric taken from the 19th century diary of a down-and-out, hardworking housewife toiling away during the Civil War. It moved us. Bram composed the music for it.
Evocative and entertaining, Bram’s performance enlivened our youth, bringing out our playfulness. However, there is a highly serious aspect to this concert—one of utmost importance. The proceeds from the concert will be used to help fund these Amistad Canada projects: the scholarship project at La Biblioteca, CASA’s Antiviolence Project, and staff salaries at the Midwifery Hospital.
Bram’s next sing-along benefit concert takes place on March 9, at 5pm at the Teatro Santa Ana. Tickets go for 200 pesos. By singing along, you’re contributing to the great work Amistad Canada does right here in San Miguel.