Byline: Chelle LaFleur — Gearing up for Musical Hanukkah Celebration Year 3


It only took ole Chelle here two years to figure it out, but when there’s a message taped to her phone, waitin’ for her in the morning, and when that message don’t say nothin’ but “Be at your phone at seven, your time, Wednesday,” it means one thing and one thing only.

Time to talk up this year’s Musical Hanukkah Celebration over in Riverview.

Yeah, yeah. I know. We don’t live nowhere near Riverview. We be two time zones over and at least a thousand miles away. So what’s Chelle doin’ talkin’ this thing up?

You boys and girls who’re regulars know the answer to that. The Musical Hanukkah Celebration is the baby of the one and only ShapeShifter. And that means fat ole Chelle gets the skinny from the luscious Mitchell Voss himself. He’s probably the only man who could tell Chelle when to get herself by a telephone. He’s worth it every time.

Except, luscious Mitchell Voss… he ain’t the best with the hellos. Know what Chelle hears when she answers the phone? “We’ve got our best charity yet for this thing.”

No Hello? Where’s the How Ya Doing, Chelle?

“It’s the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Stable. Been around awhile. Famous ’cause of some movie I never saw. And we’re moving into the Rocket Theater this time, too,” Mr. Luscious said. “It’s bigger. The stage is bigger and it holds more people. The backstage area’s nicer, too, so we can have a few more guest stars. We’re pulling out the stops this year. And wait until you see the t-shirt. We’re making more of those, too. People want to buy ’em online and help support the cause. Since it’s such a good cause, we’re all for that.”

There you go, boys and girls. We get t-shirts this year if we ain’t gonna make the trek to Riverview. And why would we? We got us some great weather this time of year. Gettin’ on an airplane might cost so much, you gotta sell your favorite band t-shirt on eBay, and that’s before you get to the airport and they call for a cavity search. No, boys and girls. Let’s stay put. There’s a great local scene here y’all should be explorin’. Chelle’s got a rundown of who to go see later on this week.

That don’t mean you shouldn’t buy those t-shirts when word gets out that you can. Any donation’s sure to make those little kids happy and grateful. It’s all about bringin’ music to the kids, remember that. A kid who plays the flute now might turn out to be tomorrow’s Mitchell Voss. We ain’t gonna know until that kid gets the chance to make some precious music.

For now, you heard it here and you heard it first: ShapeShifter’s Musical Hanukkah Celebration. Gettin’ bigger, getting’ better and with t-shirts for all, not just the folk who make it inside. Gotta love that. Chelle sure does.

If you’re new around here, this whole Musical Hanukkah Celebration thing has got to seem as though it’s from left field. Click here to read the beginnings.

While the characters in this piece aren’t real, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is. Profits on the t-shirts and The Demo Tapes will go toward this great effort to keep our kids musical. There will be more details and hoopla to come, I promise. And a lot more fiction, too, building up to this fun event.

You may ask why I’m blurring the line between real life and fiction like this. The answer’s easy: Today’s clarinet player might be tomorrow’s million-selling lead singer. Every child all deserves that dream.



  1. bunnygirl

    November 24, 2008 12:10 am

    I wasn’t familiar with this charity, but how totally cool! My parents were able to afford my flute, which got me started, but no way could they have afforded an oboe or drums for me, which my school provided. For kids in poor districts that can’t provide instruments, how Ido/I they get a chance?BR/BR/I’m bookmarking this one!

  2. Pam Plumley

    November 24, 2008 2:42 am

    Cool story!

  3. Wylie Kinson

    November 24, 2008 10:22 am

    Mr. Luscious. How apt 🙂

  4. Alice Audrey

    November 24, 2008 11:00 am

    But where are the T-shirts? I want one.

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried

    November 24, 2008 11:55 am

    I want one, too, Alice. The Tour Manager’s working on them. And considering that he’s a hardware designer, not a graphic dude, he’s doing great.

  6. Bob-kat

    November 24, 2008 12:28 pm

    Chelle’s got a good handle on her priorities alright :)BR/BR/Great stuff, as ever.

  7. Thomma Lyn

    November 24, 2008 2:39 pm

    Love Chelle’s voice as always, and Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation sounds like a wonderful charity. I’m bookmarking it, too. 🙂

  8. Holly Kennedy

    November 24, 2008 2:51 pm

    I had no idea there was a Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. BR/Very cool!

  9. Linda Jacobs

    November 24, 2008 5:09 pm

    Chelle’s voice cracks me up!

  10. Ann

    November 24, 2008 9:21 pm

    I played the flute, and also the trumpet, the baritone, the sousaphone, and even the violin. BR/Cool charity. BR/P.S. And I still want a t-shirt.:)

  11. Julia Smith

    November 24, 2008 10:42 pm

    ‘And that means fat ole Chelle gets the skinny from the luscious Mitchell Voss himself.’BR/BR/Love that! A great foundation, by the way. As someone who grew up in a school system which valued musical education, I can’t say enough about making music available to all.

  12. Shelley Munro

    November 25, 2008 3:45 pm

    Musical education is so important for kids. We always had opportunities. I fall into the untalented but enthusiastic category. 🙂

  13. Thomma Lyn

    November 25, 2008 4:09 pm

    You have a blog award from me, my friend! I know you already have it, but I’m giving it to you, too. You deserve beaucoup awards x a million! 🙂

  14. J. Kaye Oldner

    November 26, 2008 9:45 pm

    I wanted to drop by and wish you an awesome Thanksgiving.

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