I may have mentioned my enthusiasm for musical theatre a time or two
before. Happening doesn't belong to that genre, although my
first reaction was that it well could. There's something theatrical
about these songs, both in their composition and their arrangement;
they tell a story or set a mood in exactly the way some of my Broadway
favorites do. Most of the songs here are original, which makes me
wonder if their specialness comes more from their creation or their
performance, or if the two are inseparable.
One not-original track is a memorable version of
Little Thing (He) Does Is Magic. And if
she can't quite equal
Shawn Colvin's breathtaking
cover, well, second place isn't too shabby either.