A few weeks ago my wife took our son to see the Bethel Parks and Recreation production of “Bright Star” at Bethel High School. The musical was written by Steve Martin, who is an extremely accomplished bluegrass banjo player in addition to his comedic talent, and Edie Brickell, of the late 1980s alt-rock band Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. I didn’t know much about the production, so I didn’t go along. If I had known who the writers were, I certainly would have made an effort to make it: I memorized Steve Martin’s “A Wild and Crazy Guy” album when I was a kid, and I was a big fan of Edie Brickell back in college.
Because I didn’t go, I was puttering about the kitchen preparing to make dinner when the two arrived home after the show. I could hear my son’s voice chattering away excitedly the instant they stepped out of the car, and by the time they made it inside, the pitch of his voice served as an excellent advertisement for the show.