The jazz-pop trio Groovelily has been a favorite of ours for many years now, so it is with great excitement and anticipation that we can pass along news of new music from the band. Their newly revamped website, www.groovelily.com (based on the same WordPress platform as this blog, incidentally) has lots of neat stuff for fans of the band and new converts alike, so check it out.
Groovelily first got my attention as an amazing live duo of Brendan Milburn on piano and Valerie Vigoda on electric violin. They added percussionist/drummer Gene Lewin years ago to fill out the sound, and the trio has made a string of albums full of songs that are emotionally uplifting, sometimes realistically harrowing, and often hilarious.
Milburn’s piano style is full-tilt, barrelhouse boogie-woogie sometimes, and beautiful, rolling chords other times, while Vigoda’s violin has backed up the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Joe Jackson on tour, so it’s no wonder they refer to themselves as “just your typical violin/piano/drums theatrical power trio.”
In recent years they have branched out successfully into writing musical plays featuring their own songs, including the Christmas production Striking 12 and a musical remake of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Their wit is put to good use in these endeavors, and many of the songs are good enough to stand on their own outside the programs.
The big news this week which prompted me to write about them here is that they are getting ready for a new musical production, Long Story Short, to debut in the fall, and are posting demos of the songs to the new website at the rate of one per week. “Rocking Chairs” is the first one up, and it’s a classic Milburn-style piano-based tune, with Vigoda trading off lines in character alongside Milburn’s. Go to the site and you can either stream the song online for free or download it for a small fee.