6:00am

Sat April 7, 2012
Weekend Audition

Do "Marrieds" Make More Intimate Music?

Artists are married to creative ideas, and sometimes to each other! Stars like Lauren and Bogie, George and Gracie, Liz and Richard -- all sparkle from the past. Their romances hit the headlines as much as their films. More recent Hollywood celebs Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart or Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick may come to mind. What about some contemporary musical couples not yet household names?

Of course, artistic success doesn't guarantee romantic success. The former likely makes the latter harder. The 1975 marriage of singer Cher to rocker Gregg Allman lasted ten days. Other brief unions include those of Julia Roberts to Lyle Lovett, and Nicolas Cage to Lisa Marie Presley. Perhaps actually making art together improves the odds. No doubt art historians have shed light on how the artistic bond affects the romantic bond and vice versa; I was recently in Santa Fe and can't help thinking about painter Georgia O'Keefe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz (whose complex relationship should have a big chapter in a marital psychologist's book). 

So here are some more blissful unions on the music scene today, starting with Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott of Acoustic Eidolon, the first of two Colorado couples. Let's enjoy some marital music-making. Big question: Do you think the rapport of being married overall fosters greater creative intimacy? 

This tender music deals with a kind of ravaging by Mother Nature, Colorado wildfires, from a Roaring Fork Valley couple, Jan Garrett and JD Martin.

In 2009, APHC's Garrison Keillor awarded a blue ribbon in his "Great American Duet Sing Off" to this talented Wyoming couple, Anne and Pete Sibley.

Finally, three's not a crowd when making music; Elton joins lovebirds Elvis and Diana for a great combo:

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