Music and Literature in One Swell Foop!

Oct 22, 2013 | 0 comments


Wes Weddell

When Wes Weddell was here for his House Concert last month, he talked briefly about the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle – “not your run-of-the-mill book club” according to their website.  Indeed not!

The club includes seventy-five-plus-or-minus musicians who get together once a month to sing original songs inspired by a book they agreed to read at the previous month’s gathering.  At any given meeting, according to Wes, there may be several dozen new compositions which are performed for an audience.

Wes, who has been a Bushwick Book Club member since it’s inception four years ago.  Their book selections have included Pride and Prejudice, A Wrinkle in Time, Slaughterhouse-Five and so many more. Bushwick encourages the audience to join in reading the book in order to connect with the performers in a way not often seen on stage. Everyone in the room knows and understands the source material, creating an experience like no other!

I was mightily impressed with the entire idea and immediately began conspiring to coordinate our next Seattle Trip with one of the Bushwick Book Club’s meetings.  I was so delighted to find that they are coming our way, instead!  Here is the information:

Ilwaco Library

Entrance to Ilwaco Library

 ILWACO TIMBERLAND LIBRARY- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24–1:00 P. M.  Musical artists of the Bushwick Book Club Seattle will sing their original songs inspired by the book, Bushwick is a group of musicians dedicated to sharing their combined passion for both music and reading. This program is part of Timberland Reads Together: “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” by Timothy Egan, Timberland Regional Library’s one book-one community reading initiative for 2013. 

I am SO looking forward to this event!  I’ve read the book, the bedrooms are ready, and the meals are planned.  Oh, did I mention that Wes and his three fellow-musicians will be staying here tomorrow night so they won’t have to make the long drive from Seattle the morning of their Ilwaco gig?  We feel honored to host this talented group.

I’ve already begun my motherly worrying… I do hope their performance here at the beach is well attended.  One o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Ilwaco Library.  Reading the book is not a pre-requisite to attendance or enjoyment!  So mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!


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