The Carthage Music Club, affiliated with the National and Texas Federations of Music Clubs, met Feb. 9 at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. President Stephen George welcomed members and visitors to an evening of romantic music.
Sarah Baker, program leader, gave background information on why we have Valentine’s Day and where the name originated. The name Valentine came from a famous saint in Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Thinking this was unfair, St. Valentine began secretly arranging marriages. He was arrested and sentenced to death. There he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. When he was taken to be killed on Feb. 14, he sent his girlfriend a love letter signed “From Your Valentine,” beginning a tradition followed to this day. The first Valentine’s Day was celebrated in 496 AD.
Baker introduced guest artists Martyn Popey and Mary McHam. This Jazz Duo has performed all over East Texas and have developed a large and loyal following. This was evident in the number of guests attending from out of town.
Popey is a professional musician who specialized in guitar and string bass. He grew up in England and graduated from the Trinity College of Music in London. Martyn teaches private lessons and plays regularly in the Sounds of Swing, local symphony orchestras and Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview. Maryah is a graduate of Longview High School, where she was a flautist in the band and attended East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. She has worked in churches throughout the Longview area as well as teaching school in East Texas.
Members and guests were entertained with both vocal and instrumental music. Popey played his guitar and the string bass accompanying McHam’s vocal selections. They also performed instrumental duets. Members were given a list of romantic music for “Live Music Special Requests.” The duo was enjoyed by all attending.
Following the program refreshments were served. Hostesses for the evening were Sandra Bauer, Becky Gullette and Dwaine Hubbard.