A review: “Timeless” a heartfelt journey of music

Returning to Act II’s Red Room for a 4th year, the musical duo Renee Armand and Paul Aleman bring their new show “Timeless” to appreciative audiences for 4 more performances, April 7, 10, 12 and 14. In their new show, these phenomenal musicians deliver some of our favorite songs from their past shows, ‘Rocky Mountain High’ and ‘Laurel Canyon’ along with new, inspiring music.

Renee, a John Denver band member at the height of the music’s popularity, is an extraordinary singer who captivates her audience with each and every heartfelt song. Paul’s easygoing stage presence and superb guitar accompaniment and vocals are a perfect match for Renee’s exquisite vocals. They are joined by Renee’s brother, Rick Armand, who is also a gifted musician.

The show opened with a spirited, fun version of the John Denver favorite, “Country Roads.” With the fabulous vocals, harmonies and guitar accompaniment, we knew the evening was going to be great! Next, we thrilled to The Mamas and the Papas signature tune, “California Dreamin’” and heard a wonderful background story about Renee’s connection to Mama Cass.

The very timely, Steven Stills song , “For What It’s Worth,” reminded us, “We’d better stop, hey what’s that sound. Everybody look what’s going down.” Sung with such incredible passion and feeling, Renee also spoke words of appreciation for the young people around the world who are standing up for truth and justice.

Paul treated the audience to a stunning version of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song.” His voice and guitar played beautiful tribute to this beloved song. Several years back, the ‘real’ Annie was even in the audience one night for Paul and Renee’s performance.

Renee sang the James Taylor favorite, “Fire and Rain,” with such emotion and passion! And Paul ‘s exceptional version of the Gordon Lightfoot classic, “If You Could Read My Mind” was followed by Rick Armand joyfully singing Van Morrison’s , “Brown Eyed Girl.”

One of my personal favorites, was “Fly Away” which featured fantastic harmonies by Renee. I heard her sing this song with John Denver back in the mid 70’s and she still performs it flawlessly. Her talent, seasoned with her vast musical experiences, touches us all so profoundly!

Paul’s rich, gentle voice was incredible on the Glen Campbell number, “Wichita Lineman.” And we were led to a natural high by the trio’s awe-inspiring version of “Rocky Mountain High.”

Renee sang the deeply moving love song, “Morning Prayer,” which completely captured our hearts. And we were moved to tears with her original song, “I Want to Go to Mexico.”

We were inspired by Rick Armand’s thought provoking song, “How Hard It Can Be.”

Another magnificent moment in the show, was the brilliant performance of John Denver’s “My Calypso” sung by the trio that honors the work of Jacque Cousteau.

As we neared the end of the show, Renee dedicated , “The Boy from the Country,” to her beloved friend, John Denver, who she will always love and miss. And the final song of the night was a gorgeous version of the Eagles’ favorite, “The 7 Bridges Road.”

The audience was encouraged to join in on songs and there were smiles on people’s faces throughout the night as they enjoyed the music. I don’t think that you could have found more ‘authentic,’ ‘in the moment’ people than those 3 musicians on that stage. The intimacy of The Red Room only heightened the personal connection that we felt.

When you combine first-class musical talent, authenticity and superb music from the 60’s and 70’s, you end up with a priceless musical experience. I hope that you’ll see the show and discover the magic that happens when Renee, Paul and Rick share their music and their hearts.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the best shows of the season. “Timeless” will be performed on April 7, 10, 12 and 14 at 7:30pm at The Red Room at Act II Stages. For tickets or information go to www.actiientertainment.com

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