SYCAMORE - The United Methodist Church of Sycamore, 211 N. Sycamore Ave., Sycamore, is to host columnist/humorist Jonathan Richard Cring and artist/musician Janet Clazzy during the duo's "2012: Six Words Tour."
The pair is to appear at 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Cring is to present comedic and inspirational essays from his national daily column at www.jonathots.com, with Clazzy playing original musical tunes on the oboe and WX-5 Wind Machine.
The duo, via email, describe their show as a two-person, Broadway-style production that "inspires and entertains."
A native of Sunbury, Cring said early in his adult life, he started a family and a music career at the same time. In spite of the challenges, he was persistent and managed to do both.
"Twelve years working in Nashville,Tenn., in the music industry, and touring the country. I wrote 11 books, 17 screenplays for movies, won some awards, and I got the opportunity in 1996 to join forces with the musical talent of Janet Clazzy. Along with being the father of seven sons - four of my own making and three I adopted - I have traveled this great country so many times that I can recommend a good mechanic in almost every locale," Cring wrote.
Clazzy wrote she met Cring in Shreveport, La., in 1981, and became his musical partner in the 1990s when she moved to Nashville. Her musical journey started by playing saxophone in high school.
When the band needed other instruments, the director asked her to play oboe, and she agreed.
"Now, many decades later, I still have the thing hanging out of my mouth. Classically trained but growing up with rock and roll, with a master's degree in music from Northwestern University and having played in five symphonies, I now combine all of my tastes and experiences to write music for movie soundtracks and perform with Jonathan Cring all across the country, playing what we call "clazzy" music - the blend of classical with jazz, pop-minded," Clazzy wrote.
Clazzy accompanies Cring on "this fabulous instrument called the
WX-5 Wind Machine," which she uses to create 250 sounds with her fingertips.
"If Mr. Cring plays gospel, I pull out the harmonica. If he sings a ballad, I may slide in a little cello," Clazzy wrote.
Referring to "The Six Words Tour," Cring said the title refers to his wish politicians would sum up their agendas in six words instead of spewing rhetoric that no one understands or that points blame at others.
He said his favorite six words are "No one's better than anyone else."
The show incorporates music, inspiration and humor that is mean to appeal to multiple generations.
No tickets are needed. An offering is to be taken and copies of books, CDs and DVDs of the movies are to be available for purchase.
For more information, call the church at (419) 927-5472 or go online to www.spiriTed2012.com.