- Violin Ascension
- ...Thank you very much and welcome...
- Snow Song (It's Coming Down)
- ...Our story begins with a man...
- Last Day of the Year
- ...And so, the man resolves...
- The Sales Pitch
- ...but the woman is gone...
- ...It was terribly cold...
- Matches for Sale
- Say What?
- ...Lights were shining from every window...
- Hey La La
- Fine, Fine, Fine
- ...She had drawn her little feet under her...
- Can't Go Home
- ...Her little hands were almost frozen...
- ...The burning match gave off a warm, bright light...
- Visions in the Matchlight
- ...Someone is dying...
- Give the Drummer Some
- ...The girl, when we left her...
- Caution to the Wind
- Violin Ascension
- ...The grandmother took the little girl...
- Screwed-Up People Make Great Art
- ...Thank you for the dissertation, pal...
- It's Not All Right
- ...Excuse me, little match girl...
- Snow Song (Reprise) / First Day of the Year
- The Little Drummer Boy (Carol of the Drum), carol
On Striking 12: The New GrooveLily Musical, the adult alternative pop
ock trio GrooveLily presents what used to be called a rock opera, at least when acts like the Who constructed albums that had stories running through them. Recorded live, Striking 12 is a sort of postmodern musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's short story "The Little Match Girl" ("a rewired version," as the group puts it) in which a Grumpy Guy, sitting at home on New Year's Eve in the present day, reads the 19th century story and relates it to his own life. As if that framing device wasn't enough, the group also breaks down the fourth wall on occasion, such as when drummer Gene Lewin pipes up to complain about the choice of story (he would have preferred "The Little Drummer Boy") and to sing his own song, "Give the Drummer Some." It's all in holiday fun, of course, and the interrelated stories provide a basis for some of GrooveLily's witty, melodic pop
ock tunes. The group leans toward the sound of several '70s keyboard-based acts, notably Elton John and Billy Joel (and, if anyone remembers him, Lee Michaels), while the addition of Valerie Vigoda's electric violin brings in a distinct resemblance to Bruce Hornsby & the Range. This is crowd-pleasing music, and recording it live was a good idea, since it is also somewhat precious, and the audience approval makes that less noticeable. GrooveLily can be a little too clever for their own good, and they don't quite escape the downbeat ending of "The Little Match Girl," even by rewriting it in present-day story. So, the disc shouldn't be shelved with the Christmas albums, just as it isn't really a musical. It's a GrooveLily album, and it works fine as such.
Performance CreditsStriking 12 Primary Artist
Valerie Vigoda Vocals,Electric Violin,Group Member
Gene Lewin Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Brendan Milburn Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsHarry Simeone Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Hans Christian Anderson Writer
Valerie Vigoda Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Book
Gene Lewin Producer
Matt Shane Engineer
Chris Tarrow Engineer,Engineering
Brendan Milburn Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Book
Sean Patrick Flahaven Managing Director
Kris Umezawa Live Sound