Jonathan and I recently heard a most moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s haunting song, “Hallelujah.”
The artist was C.C., a student and friend of Gaye Adegbalola, whom Gaye introduced to the audience at her concert at the Gay Community Center of Richmond last month. We were blown away by the power of her voice and her interpretative skill–she took Cohen’s iconic song to new and wondrous places.
She is returning tomorrow, May 15, at the center at 8:00 pm, with the amazing Roddy Barnes on the keyboard, with a one-woman vaudeville-inspired show of comedy, costumes and good music.
C.C. studied with Gaye at Blues Week in West Virginia, and they have become special friends. But their closeness is not why Gaye has pushed C.C. forward. Gaye knows talent when she sees and hears it. And C.C., not limiting herself to one musical tradition, blends–“channels” might be a better word–artists as diverse as Cohen and Blues legend Bessie Smith.
This will, I predict, be one of those “Well, I was at her very first concert in Richmond” moments.
We will be out of town, but you don’t want to miss this. Here is a link to her (although it does not do her justice).