Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 30, 1972 · Page 95
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July 30, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 95

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Charles, the cat, listens patiently while master plays piano By Martha Smith There are at least two entities in my household which enjoy my musical efforts. One is my African violet which seems to proceed in a healthier fashion when I remember to hum while I'm watering it. The other is my cat Char- He (known also as Charles and Chuck, depending upon the formality of the moment). Old Charlie will stop whatever he happens to be doing--other than calls of nature, of course--and dash in when he hears the piano. He does not come in, as JAMES GANG WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS CANNED HEAT.«, 'IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY" TONIGHT 8:00 P.M. CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER TICKETS. $3.50,54.50, $5.50 ON SALE NOW GOOD SEATS STILL AVAILABLE AS LATE AS SHOW TIME U NATIONAL SHOWS PRESENTATION I URSA MAJOR TUESDAY AUGUST 15th 8:30 P. M CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER TICKETS '4.00 '5.00 '6.00 MAILORDERS t/« NATIONAL SHOWS !/· CHAS. CIVIC CINTIt FO* MSCtVAIIONS CAIX }O-tt3? - A NATIONAL SHOWS PtSiNTATION some have speculated, to boo and hiss. Rather, he takes his favorite rocking chair near the piano and listens intently while I practice away. No matter how dreary the repertoire, Charlie maintains his seat. He has never, in fact, walked out on a performance, which shows his good taste. And I have never told him when to applaud, which shows mine. I'm not the only person to claim haying both musically appreciative plants and animals. Garden Editor Anne Howard is a firm believer in outright singing to one's houseplants. Of course, the quality of the voice may either make the plant thrive or cringe in agony. Anne claims singing, humming or talking to plants enhances the feeling of security. Music-loving c a t s and dogs, I have found, are relatively common. Bill and Nelle Wiant have two beloved felines named Marmalade and Purrmew, however, who have a great dislike In one ear . . . for violin and staging although they will listen to percussion. Bill Is fond of relating stories about a former feline named Catenza (the pun was intended) who loved drums so much, ha would perch on them during percussion lessons, attempting to seize the players' drumsticks in his teeth. He also frequently laid down on the drums for a nap, much to the consternation of students trying to play them. And Terry Marchal tells of a former dog of bis named Kab who used to respond quite strenuously to a recording of various sound effects. One of the sounds-that of puppies whining-would incite Kab not only to sniff out the culprit, but also to raise his own voice in song. Mary Walton has what is no doubt a cultured animal in her dog, Kelly, who runs for cover if Mary puts any "heavy rock" on the stereo. Her usual reaction to such sound, Mary reports, is to dash madly for the bed, and crawl under it. If she could, Kelly would probably cover her ears with her paws. Yet another Gazette staf- fer claims to the guffaws of fellow workers that she has a cat which taps its tail on the floor in time to music. This point is subject to debate, but amusing nonetheless. I suppose all this will give rise to dozens of phone calls from people wanting me to hear their singing dogs. I don't really care for singing dogs, though. Give me a polite housecat who prefers to listen to piano playing. . . a kitten, as it were, of the keys. MUSICAL NOTES: Had a letter from Phil Vogel of Beckley regarding column on Bob Entley. Phil says ts a young member of the old WGKV crew, he was introduced to gray hair early-on by Bob and his cronies and their mischief making. . . WALNUT GROVE ( D R I V E IN T H E A T R E ) Route 3 5 W m f . c l d tyailGOODFftEflK '. AN OTTO PRff/VMN$EJ^ HLAA CotorbyMOflElAB · A PARAMOUNT Re leiu ^ . r y r f n HAROLD and MAUDE Cft'w b? Ttchnicolar* John Byner show (Continued From Page 7S) aged by the help to experiment. Recently Byner rattled off a monololgue to writer Rudy DeLuca, an old friend, who also owns a piece of a Sunset Strip nightclub, "The Comedy Store." Byner thought the material sounded too "buddy-buddy," so DeLuca suggested he try it out at the club. Byner agreed, and had a public run-through the other night, landing laughs in the vital spots. His lack of aggressive confidence--that commodity which most comedians have in a super abundance- makes Byner a refreshing change. As a kid growing up on New York's Long Island, John was too shy to perform at school and only tried to be funny in front of the family. "We moved around Long Island a lot," Byner said, "so I was forced into making jokes to get the kids on my side. Being funny was the quickest way to acceptance. I hustled for instant friendship." Byner thinks much of his humor is inherited. One of six children, the next to last, John says all the Byners are funny. Younger brother Tommy, a member of the show, is currently getting his share of laughs behind the cameras and may move on up. That's all right with John. "I never had the desire to be a star," he said quietly. "I haven't experienced hunger for several years, so there is no panic. Somehow I don't get excited about the business. I want to make people laugh and I want to survive. I like to ride horses, I like to drive up to San Francisco and go sailing with friends. I like life too much at 35." OWENS Mid town THEATRE OPEN SOON OWENS DRIVE IN THEATRE WATCH FOR DATI ACADEMYAWARD WINNER! Best Art Direction · Best Costume Design 5*;*s:.i Jj*MM FEATURES: 2:10 5:15 8:15 ASAMMfCEl mounioii Nicholas ·."· an- _· Alexandra ANMI2M FUM Inn COlUMWflCTUHU V,JA«$WtWAII-ftmttk,n»HU!l J.SCI»mm · McWktUMIrlKtl {Qj§ I'm Crent At Cetting You Coing! 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