Friday, April 23, 2010

67 Books - The Last Book

When the reader list was first announced, Book 67 was listed as TBA. Brian had been asked all week long who the final reader would be, and ha always responded that he was trying to get a "name," some celebrity reader. But, Of course, when all was said and done, the final reader of the 67 Books project was Brian Feldman. For his hour, he chose, "The Complete Beatles:v. 1:A-I" arranged by Todd Lowry. Keyvan Acosta, (Book 62), accompanied him on guitar and they both sang their hearts out. Brian noted that Kevyan looks like John Lennon reincarnated. Brian shouted out to the people passing in the street, "Is it anyone's birthday?" Someone shouted back "Yes!" Then Brian and Kevyan broke into "You say it's your birthday, Happy birthday to you!"
Soon there was a small crowd of people gathered in the street. Some people also were gathered at the different levels of the parking garage across the street. To do this sketch I sat down on the roof and leaned back against the ledge of the overhang. I was right at the feet of the performers looking up. Tommy Wingo, (Book 7), grabbed a kite which had been used earlier in the day during the reading of "The Giving Tree" written by Shel Silverstein, and read by Davey Rocker (Book 64). Brian was dancing all over the stage and one point, fell off the back of the stage, but he was fine. During one song, he held the mic down so I could belt out a line. I sang, a bit off key at first but I recovered. I was surprised when people applauded.
Everyone loves The Beatles and the crowd responded to each and every song. When the performance was over, Brian and Kevyan walked back away from the ledge acting like they were going down stairs. Brian coached the crowd explaining that they should be going wild so they could return for an encore. The crowd obliged. After the final song, In My Life, Brian and Kevyan bowed 67 times; one bow for every reader who had contributed to the project. With that, Brian closed the book, and 67 Books was officially over.

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travelingsuep said...

A fabulous illustration. I love the energy of it, helped as always by your great prose.

Hannah said...

This was my back-up plan: a Beatles sing-a-long. Maybe Brian and I are meant for each other after all?

Hope all is well with you, Thor.