The Front Row, 08/11/2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Folksinger Eliza Gilkyson got her start in the music business as a teenager, recording demos for her dad, songwriter Terry Gilkyson, who scored a success in 1957 with his own recording of his calypso hit, Marianne, and also wrote such other chart-toppers as the folk ballad, Greenfields, for The Brothers Four, and Memories Are Made of This, Dean Martin’s signature tune from 1956. Since the late 60's, Eliza Gilkyson has been on her own, attracting an ever-growing fan base with her songs that explore the ups and downs of relationships, social and political concerns, and the lives and loves of people on the downside of society all of her songs delivered in a smoky, world-weary voice that suggests that she’s traveled many miles and seen and experienced a lot. Ms. Gilkyson performs tonight at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck; right now, she and her band are in our Performance Studio with KUHF’s resident folkie, Bob Stevenson. Audio here.
This week, we continued our now three-year tradition of presenting to you some of the young Houston-area writers who won national honors in the annual writing competition sponsored by Scholastic, the publisher of Scholastic Magazine, public television’s Clifford, The Big Red Dog books, and the U-S editions of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. The contest is administered across the country by a non-profit organization called the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and it is coordinated in the Houston Region by the Harris County Department of Education. Each year, students in the seventh through twelfth grades are invited to submit samples of their creative writing. They are judged on the regional level by area teachers and by professional authors affiliated with Writers in the Schools, who award first-place Gold Keys and second-prize Silver Keys to the best entries in eleven categories, including short stories, personal essays, humor, and accumulated portfolios for high school seniors. This year in Harris County, 117 papers won top prizes, and there were 73 runner-up citations. The regional Gold-Key winners are then submitted to the national level of the Competition, where they vie for recognition against fourteen-thousand other entries from around the country. This year, 39 national prizes were given to Houston-area students. Two of the national gold keys went to Annie Gallay, a student at Saint John’s School, one for a short story, and the other for her humorous piece, “Macaroni,” which she read for us. Audio here.