Sunday, May 31, 2009
A Prairie Home Companion in St. Louis
Garrison Keillor was in St. Louis on Saturday, broadcasting A Prairie Home Companion live from the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. Terry and I attended the sold-out performance, and it was wonderful! I enjoyed every minute of it--"Guy Noir, Private Eye" ... the Powdermilk Biscuit song ... the incredible vocals of Jearlyn Steele ... the amazing sound effects of Fred Newman ... Guy's All-Star Shoe Band ... "The Lives of the Cowboys" ... and lots of St. Louis references. At one point, Garrison informed the audience that famous St. Louisan T.S. Eliot had collaborated with another famous St. Louisan, Chuck Berry ("You can look it up!" he said), and he proceeded to perform the hilarious result of that collaboration--lines from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" set to a Chuck Berry tune. He also read a passage from Huckleberry Finn in which Huck and Jim, rafting down the Mississippi, are passing St. Louis, and he sang a song about the fabulous Fox Theatre. You can listen to audioclips, see Garrison Keillor's preview of the show, or listen to the whole broadcast here.