Was the song…
a) the theme from Golden Girls (Thank you for being a friend)?
c) David Bowie’s Queen Bitch?
Then, go see this show at Fancy. (Complete Hankblog disclosure – Fancy is owned and operated by my adorable and talented little sister, Sally Brock.)
However, if this show were in a stinky dumpster, owned and operated by Satan, it would be worth seeing.
Gretchen Bennett and Joey Veltkamp are two of Seattle’s finest.
By that, I do not mean they are cops. They are talented artists with generous spirits. I can’t wait to see what kind of magic they spin together.
We were alone then and I was singing this song for you
Joey Veltkamp and Gretchen Bennett
February 5–March 12, 2009
Just in time for the sweetest month of the year, Gretchen Bennett and Joey Veltkamp give you, We were alone then and I was singing this song for you. Rooted in sentimentality, they take you on a journey with stickers, steers, rockers and deer standing in for the people and places they have loved along the way. Each artist’s work involves a cataloging and documenting of their influences and a translation of the emotional and psychological impact those influences have on them.
By using cinematic stills (or their equivalent), they isolate one moment from a sequence to illustrate the stories that have impacted them most. This reverb and generation is the central fabric of their work; tales of cattleman and wranglers, poets and hangers-on and the sweet kids who just want to get backstage. We were alone then is a view into their world through a rarified filter, a bear hug with a bear on the other end of it. Listen to the melody cause their love is in there hiding. A simple rhyme to occupy their time. This one goes out to the ones they love.