Snapping goats in trees in Morocco. Petting llamas on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Resting on a cliff above ancient Petra’s famous Treasury — the perfect perch to marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan, and also imagine horsemen racing through the gorge like they did at the end of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
Sam Gaines folds his lanky frame onto the piano bench, scrunching back the den’s rug in the process. His Nike sneakers inch instinctively toward the pedals and his fingers alight on the keys, quiet for a split second before digging into some serious music.
The chorus of 100-plus voices rising in celebration of the world’s creation on May 4 will also sing in tribute to a woman who ushered more than a generation of metro Jackson singers and pianists to a lifelong love of music.
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“You’ve Got a Friend,” the iconic 1971 Carole King song, also a hit for James Taylor and a Grammy winner for both, tops the playlist and shares its title with a Mississippi Symphony Orchestra concert that celebrates their music with guest singers and orchestral flair.