FLORENCE, Ala. — Friday and Saturday night time on the College of North Alabama, the within of Norton Auditorium was stuffed with applause and pleasure as individuals gathered to have fun and revel in dwell music.
It’s one thing that singer-songwriter John Paul White hadn’t skilled for fairly a while.
“It’s probably not like driving a motorcycle, these muscle mass that it’s a must to flex on stage,” White stated. “It’s slightly awkward proper now, altering guitars and tuning between songs and issues like that.”
The present itself was described as a novel crossover occasion. The Shoals Symphony Orchestra carried out authentic scores written by composer Scott O’Neil—all primarily based on White’s music.
Some are calling it the sunshine on the mild finish of the tunnel as dwell music makes its return to the stage. White stated earlier than the live performance, he hadn’t carried out in additional than a yr due to the pandemic.
After the live performance, White may solely describe the expertise as religious. “It’s like an out-of-body expertise,” he stated. “At instances, I’m questioning, ‘are these my compositions, are these my songs?’ It’s implausible what Scott O’Neil did together with his arranging.”
As for the symphony, director Daniel Stevens stated it took a couple of yr and a half to provide the present, and he appears ahead to much more.
“We actually hope that if everyone stays protected and wears their masks and will get their vaccines that as we glance into the autumn that we are able to resume some normalcy in our lives as a result of we’re all thirsty for dwell arts,” Stevens stated.
With so many music legends calling The Shoals house, Stevens stated he would sit up for the thought of the symphony collaborating with much more artists.
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