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Must-see Talent


Re-edit of a video shot at November 2009 Hilliard Davidson Talent Show.
Jessie Johnson-Piano and Vocals
Nikki Puccetti-Guitar and Vocals
Claire Busic-Viola
Evan Sites-Drums
Ben Thompson-Bass Guitar

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2009 High School Talent Show


Oh! The passage of time! Seems like just yesterday that I posted videos of my niece, Nikki, performing at last year’s high school pops concert. Here we are in 2009… Nikki’s a high school senior… and I have the pleasure of putting up these videos from the Hilliard Davidson High School Talent Show. Nikki performed one solo and was a member of a musical group that closed out last Monday evening’s performance. How these young people are able to muster such talent at their age is beyond me. Hope you enjoy these tunes as much as the family did!


Band Members:
Jessie Johnson-Piano and Vocals
Nikki Puccetti-Guitar and Vocals
Claire Busic-Viola
Evan Sites-Drums
Ben Thompson-Bass Guitar

Encore! Encore!

Nikki and her classmate, Casey performing during Spring Senior Choir Pops Concert. (see ‘Spring Concert’ post, below)

Spring Concert

Spring has come to Ohio and with it, my niece’s Spring Choir Pops Concert. Held on Saturday evening, the concert was a terrific blend of music, comedy and close harmonies performed by the senior choir, en masse, and individual members as solo, duet and small ensembles. This year, Nikki performed a solo tune, a duet and accompanied a friend with guitar, all, in addition to her contribution as a member of this year’s senior choir.

Here’s Nikki’s solo:

My Brother, Bob

bobWithout question, the most musically prodigious member of my family is brother, Bob. Rather than embarass him with my words, I lifted the text, below, from his website. ( www.bobmccann.com )

Bob has been performing and writing since high school in the early seventies, occasionally as part of a duo but more often as a solo act. “I even did the obligatory move-to-California bit at one point, but I’ve always had better luck playing in Ohio and thereabouts,” he says. Highlights through the years have included regular appearances on a WOSU radio songwriter showcase, “hoot night” performances at L.A.’s Troubadour (part of the California adventure), and a three-year stand at Columbus’ now-defunct Black Forest Inn.

On acoustic guitar, Bob moves fluidly between rhythmic flatpicking and melodic fingerstyle approaches, faithful to his roots in folk and ‘70s acoustic music. “I’m not a lead guitar player by any stretch, but when you play solo for a long time, you learn things to make a rhythm guitar part more interesting, to yourself and to the audience,” he explains. More attentive crowds might be treated to a Leo Kottke song or similarly challenging instrumental. A Dylanesque harmonica embellishes several of Bob’s songs as well.

Recently, in addition to the one-man shows that are his mainstay, Bob has been contributing bass guitar to The Lost River Band, “a bunch of guys I’ve been picking around the campfire with almost since I was a kid. We got to where we were playing out quite a bit and I realized at one point that, unless you’re the Eagles or Crosby, Stills and Nash, there’s a limit to how many acoustic guitars you can have on stage at one time before it starts to get silly. Plus, I’ve wanted to play left-handed electric bass ever since I saw how cool Paul looked doing it.”

Check out Bob at www.bobmccann.com

My Young Niece, Nikki

niece2What a kick it is to see music play a part in the lives of younger generations within a family! My young niece, Nikki is a high school junior. She’s involved in a number of choruses and choirs at her high school, takes voice lessons, plays guitar and writes & performs  her own songs at open microphone venues in Central Ohio. She’s also an accomplished equestrian!

 

 

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