That Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael sell out Davenport’s every Sunday in April virtually every year is no fluke. There are the sophisticated harmonies and rhythms. There is the commitment to new twists on familiar tunes. Of course, Michael’s golden vocal instrument factors in the mix. But what ultimately brings in the fans are the humor and heart the duo brings to every show. Menzie’s “My Father’s Voice” is a heart-tugging reflection on the roots of her musical gifts. “Into News” has fast, music and fun parody lyrics written by Menzie’s frequent collaborator, Cheryl Coons. The Brothers Gibb are well saluted in a thoughtful interpretation of “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” that allows the lyrics to shine. John Raitt and daughter Bonnie are well honored in papa Raitt’s signature “Soliloquy” (Carousel) and daughter Raitt’s “Love Has No Pride” (Eric Justin Kaz/Libby Titu) interwoven with a story of a personal and dear experience Menzie shared with the elder Raitt. Margaret Whiting’s father, Richard Whiting, (origtinal lyrics: Gus Kahn & Raymond B. Egan) wrote the melody for the popular 1920s song “Ain’t We Got Fun.” Menzie and Michael offer updated lyrics poking fun at their wholesome image—in which only Michael won’t cuss, but Menzie demurs as to showing just where those new tattoos might be.
April 21, 2012