When Michael Gott plays the piano and sings, he instills the
music and lyrics with true feeling that comes directly from his very
being. His enthusiasm is soon
contagious, and you are transported by his animated performance into another
place: right inside the song.
Mr. Gott has been a fixture on the Dallas
music scene for quite some time. At Stone Street Theatre on November 10, his dazzling talents were on display as he
paid a musical tribute to songwriters. From his opening, a clever juxtaposition of two songs with the same
title, "Time After Time," to his conclusion, a haunting combination of "Over
the Rainbow" and "Somewhere," Mr. Gott delighted the audience.
He is not just a performer; he is a true artist who treats
every song as if it were a rare and precious artifact. His rendition of classics such as "Old Devil
Moon" and "In The Still of the Night" were presented by him as the genuine
treasures they are. Mr. Gott also
displays the same care towards his own compositions, particularly in the
delivery of his lilting song "Peaceful Breeze and Gentle Moon." As part of his salute to songwriters, he asked local songwriter Charity Lankford to
come on stage. Together, they sung her
powerful "Feeling My Way."
Michael Gott does more than just perform. In addition to being a skillful musician, he
also possesses an inviting personality. This was apparent both the way he presented his musical numbers and his
patter between them, particularly a witty story about a local patron of the
arts. An evening with Michael Gott
is not just an evening. It is a pleasant
and moving experience.
For more information and upcoming events at Stone Street Theatre, please visit their website.
For more information on Michael Gott, see his website.