The Jane B Holmes Public library of Helena recently hosted the bluegrass band, Act of Congress at an evening waterfront presentation in Joe Tucker Park. The stringed quartet is made up of Bethany Borg (violin/vocals), Tim Carroll (bass/vocals), Chris Griffin (guitar/Dobro/vocals) and Adam Wright(mandolin/guitar/vocals). Act of Congress expands the boundaries of acoustic music with an original style, drawing their rich sound from variety of styles consisting of bluegrass, jazz, and rock. They give a nod to the now dissolved bluegrass group, Nickel Creek, for being the inspiration to the group. Many people were on hand to hear the band showcase it's original tunes, many of them written by Wright.The set list of the evening included about 8 tunes, all original, with the exception to a 80's through back tune, "Take on Me" made famous by the one hit wonder group, A-Ha. The group even breathed some new life into the song with a light bluegrass edge. The groups excitement, such as it is, comes from the layered instrumental textures and the measured movement into climaxes of their songs that are majestic with the nuances of the group's singing and playing. In these respects, the singles, "I Disagree" (written by Wright and sound man, Corey Nolen) and "Five Minutes of Fame" (written by Wright) are most impressive and are at quite opposite ends of the lyrical spectrum. The group is said to be working on a CD in hopes of a fall release.The group's musical blend comes from seasoned talents by their own rights.Adam Wright earned an honorable mention in the John Lennon songwriting competition, and that talent is evident in the lyrics of his songs. Bethany Borg is an exceptional fiddler. Borg is a state champion in six states and has been named in the nations top ten fiddler on two occasions. Her fiddle playing and vocals add a richness to the tunes played. Tim Carrol has played with the notable likes of the regional symphony as well as the Huntsville Symphony. Chris Griffin is involved in music at two local churches and also teaches guitar out of his home. Act of Congress also has a new relationship with Live Nation. They will be featured in the "VIP" areas at the Verizon Music Center at many large concert venues. You can also catch them playing in other music venues throughout the area. For more information on the group, you can visit their web site at http://www.myspace.com/actofcongress 5/5 stars
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"Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen."-Jimmy Buffett
Sea Joy When I go down by the sandy shore,I can think of nothing I want moreThan to live by the booming blue seaAs the seagulls flutter round about me. I can run around when the tide is outWith the wind and the sand and the sea all about,And the seagulls are swirling and diving for fish.Oh, to live by the sea is my only wish. - Jacqueline Bouvier
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." --- Mark Twain
The cure for anything is salt water---sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:12,13 NIV
Live a good life and in the end it's not the years in the life, it's the life in the years.~ Abe Lincoln
Let your boat of life be light Packed with only what you need --A homely home and simple pleasures,One or two friends, worth the name,Someone to love and someone to love you,A cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,Enough to eat and enough to wear,And a little more than enough to drink...For thirst is a dangerous thing. -- Jerome K Jeromefrom "Three Men in a Boat"
The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"We can make our plans,But the LORD determinesour steps" Proverbs 16:9
"Let us not forget what is best remembered or may we not remember what is best forgotten."
"Fish and overnight guest stink after three days." ~plaque at Fish Camp Restaurant, Orange Beach, Alabama
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human being experience."
"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are." Proverbs 27:17
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have. The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave the Rest to God.
Worry is a robber of time and energy. Take comfort within that God's power is what we truly need. Heknows our needs before we can even ask for them.
If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry. Faith is the ability to not panic.
Don't "find" a religion. "Find" your relationship with God. ~Bill Burgess
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."-Mark Twain