What better way to fill out a busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend than to catch [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mavis Staples[/lastfm] at the Park West last Saturday? It was a 93 XRT Holiday Concert for the Kids, and that meant equal measures of fine music and good feeling.
Our sister in broadcasting, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kelly Hogan[/lastfm], opened the show with her always beautiful singing. Nora O’Connor came in to help out on the old [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Staple Singers [/lastfm]song “Somebody Saved Me.” It gave me the shivers all the way out in the lobby, as I helped Tom Marker, Marc Alghini and Terri Hemmert collect toys and books for the kids at Central DuPage Hospital. XRT listeners were very generous Saturday night. Among the more popular gifts: anything connected to Toy Story, Barbie, and The Poky Little Puppy’s Christmas.
Then it was time for Mavis. She promised us songs old and new, and did not disappoint. From selections from her new album, “You Are Not Alone,” to classics written by Pops Staples, it was a homecoming full of chatty good humor and yet more shiver-inducing declarations of the power of music to point us to a higher ground.
You are not alone, indeed.