Begie Adair offers
seniors, others opportunity
to enjoy music of movies, good listening
By Daniel Hines
For those seeking a solace with which to escape the noise that
passes for music today, a growing number of artists are offering
seniors the opportunity to relive memories with some of the
outstanding music of a bygone era.
But, while the era
is bygone in one sense, in another, it lives on forever increasing
An example is
Beegie Adair’s latest recording , ‘An Affair to Remember,’ a
wonderfully produced collection of some of the great songs
associated with the movies. Included are the title song, and such
favorites as ‘Three Coins in the Fountain,’ ‘Love is a Many
Splendored Thing,’ ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ ‘A Certain Smile,’
‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White,’ ‘Moonglow,’ Pete Kelly’s
Blues,’ ‘From Here to Eternity,’ ‘Blue Gardenia,’ and ‘Ruby’.
Beegie brings her
unique and varied background in music to the production, providing
a great presentation of the favorites.
ranges from the influence of central Kentucky where she grew
up—blessed and cursed as she describes it with a double southern
name that led to adopting the Beegie designation—to Peabody College
where she earned a degree in music performance, and then finally to
Nashville, where she launched a career that now spans more than 40
years working in Music City.
As befits her
background and love of music, Beegie is a versatile artist. One of
her first loves was and remains jazz, and she is a regular at a
local jazz club in Nashville as part of a trio ensemble with
associations with her two fellow musicians of 10 and 15 years.
She also worked at
world-famous WSM Radio on live music shows, taught school for a
couple of years and then worked as a studio musician for Capitol
Then in 1963, she
started what any true C&W fan would consider a dream job—working
three years on the Johnny Cash shows, where she had an opportunity
for a host of musical duties working with the country music legend.
She not only played in the orchestra, but during rehearsals, she
would do fill-in roles for some of the stars as Peggy Lee by singing
their parts or working with them on their production numbers.
Beegie’s life is
filled with music. Even her husband is involved, acting as the
director of the Jazz Ensemble at Vanderbilt University. He also has
a jingle business providing the backdrop for the catchy tunes that
we hear as a backdrop for commercials.
Now, a senior
herself at 67years old, Beegie is launching a new phase of her
career with the launching of the songs that typified a generation
that is now enjoying seniorhood. ‘An Affair to Remember’ is the
latest example, although she has also recorded a tribute to Sinatra.
“These CDs are
tailored to the seniors’ market,” Beegie explains. “We have brought
together a symphonic background to give the songs the richness for
which they are remembered.”
These are songs
for special moments. Beegie fondly tells of a senior couple from
Naples, FL that came to one of her performances and described how
they had used ‘Affair’ as the backdrop for a romantic candlelight
“I always tell
people that when it comes to marketing, I am my own demographic,”
Beegie laughingly explains. “All these are tunes that I loved when
I was in high school and college.”
Beegie is hoping
that the response will lead to the opportunity for traveling to
appear before seniors’ groups around the nation.
”We love to travel, but most importantly, I just love the
opportunity to meet seniors,” she says. “Unfortunately, big record
labels don’t want to even consider the musical needs and interests
of people over 49.
because I know that this age group truly appreciates fine music…we
want to help provide it for them.”
How long does
Beegie plan to continue playing?
“I just can’t wait
to see what I am going to be when I grow up,” she responds. “As my
88-year-old Aunt always says, ‘Never Retire.’ I agree with that,
and I plan on making music for seniors for a long, long time.
“People in our age
group are unique and I say more power to us. I totally respect the
way we can just keep going, regardless of what life has handed us…my
final words to them are to stay healthy…and thanks for being a
Beegie Adair Trio
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