Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Hanging with the Raisin Girls"

In other local landmarks, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on New Hampshire, which I pass on my way to work each day, has an interesting history.  As the church's website states, the Reverend Edison M. Amos served as its pastor from 1972 to 1978.  His daughter Ellen was already a talented musical prodigy by this time, although her scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore was discontinued during this period due to her lack of interest in reading sheet music.  (Unfortunately, there's no mention of whether Ellen played the church's new pipe organ that was purchased around that time although it's said that her minister father chaperoned her to play piano at area gay bars, beginning when she was 13.)  Fortunately, things turned out ok for her and among other things she recorded a new theme song for the Baltimore Orioles, filmed a commercial for the launch of Just Right cereal, and released a debut album called "Y Kant Tori Reed."  Congratulations, the pride of Richard Montgomery High School, Tori Amos!

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