June 14, 2004

Harriet Schock Is Doing Improv In June

Harriet SchockBack in the late '70s and early '80s I used to frequently comb through the many bins at Downtown's old Arcade Music searching for gems amongst their used records and DJ promo copies. It was there that I discovered three vinyl LPs by a singer/songwriter from Texas named Harriet Schock. I bought the trio of records because one of them included her "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady," which I already knew as the Grammy-nominated title song of a 1975 album by Helen Reddy, and I ended up loving all of Harriet's work. She has written hundreds of songs that have been recorded by artists ranging from Manfred Mann to the Partridge Family, as well as for film and TV.

HARRIET SCHOCK: LIVE: From Fairfax To PasadenaMore than two decades after I bought those albums, I got the opportunity to meet Harriet Schock when she performed at the fourth Naked Songwriters Showcase in October 2002, where I shot the photo above. I also brought along those old records. Harriet autographed them for me and then gave me one of her newer CDs to thank me for being a fan so long! She and I have kept in touch since then. Harriet's latest CD is called "Live: From Fairfax to Pasadena" and you can click on the picture of it to hear clips from the songs.

Harriet lives in Los Angeles, where she sometimes does improv. Here's an e-mail I received from her about that:

Those of you who are fortunate enough to have seen the Really Spontaneous Theatre Company know how brilliant they are at improv. Well, I am very happy to be performing with them again for the last three Wednesdays in June -- the 16th, 23rd and 30th.

Come make suggestions from the audience for the plays and the songs. You'll love the show! These people are incredible! The shows will be at 7:30 at the Third Stage, 2811 West Magnolia (between Buena Vista and Hollywood Way) in Burbank. Admission is $15. Call 323-969-4991 for information and reservations.

To learn more about me, visit HarrietSchock.com and view a 5-minute "Schockumentary" video.

Posted at 10:13 AM in Los Angeles, Music, Theater