Gallop and GO!


Whether or not you’re a fan of Westerns, the theme song of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly performed on a Native American flute at Tiny Tots trumped the original and would even move Clint Eastwood. With a little bit of reverb, Lisa and Linda transported us more authentically than any theatrical experience in memory. This classic ‘call of the wild’ is typically associated with an imminent gun fight in a desert or a dusty town so lonely, you can only hear your thoughts echo in the solemn land.


Outside of this vivid musical mastery, the Gallop and GO! performance was anything but solemn! We trotted on down to Tiny Tots, where a couple white fence posts and a rope awaited our arrival. A bridle and colorful blanket from south of the border adorned our wooden parkin’ space. Rylie and I left our steed and reviewed the set list written across the grain like a WANTED poster.


Instead of our normal front row seat, like an outlaw we sat in the second to last row at Rylie’s request. My lil deputy said it was easier to see…


A number of percussion instruments were poised on the stage as the lights went dim. Twas so dark, them stars have never looked so big and bright. Howe’er, not as bright as Lisa & Linda of Music Shine Media, coming out with a great HOW-DY!


They began the intro song ‘neath the stars wearing black cowboy hats, white shirts, red vests and boots, and were followed by a trio of brown cowboy hats. After taking the newcomers through the opener extra slow, like roasting wild game over young, kindling flames, they kicked it up with Linda adding some harmony on the piano.


Next it was time for all the youngins to ride the lap of their parent in the form of a horse, but Rylie just had to be different and wanted to be the horse. “Who will be my cowboy?” she asked me sweetly.


Tiny Tots’s format of short renditions was appreciated, as there were a dozen Western American classics performed in the half hour act. There was even time for a modified “Old MacDonald” turned into “At Tiny Tots we had a ranch, yippie ki yo ki yay.” Linda brought out ye olde ukulele, great for any long trail and easy to fit in your pack. Then Lisa showed off her hidden harmonica skills.


It was high time the trio piped in with a clarinet, French horn and bassoon. The clarinet provided some of the high notes, while the French horn was reminiscent of a bugle’s call. The bassoon could handle the lowest tones, as we crept “On the Trail” by Ferde Grofé looking fer that wascally wabbit, but it was buffalo season.


Back to a trot, we were moved along to the sound of coconut shells made by a member of the Seattle Symphony. Our minds wandered to the open plains, until it was time for another sing-a-long -- Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In.” Whoa! A lot of people knew that song. The crowd was older than I thought!


We traipsed through “Oh Suzanna” in less than a minute, until coming across the Teutonic “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in D flat, as previously mentioned.


Howe’er, instead of a gunfight, out came a girlie coyote with a cup of tea! With brown fuzzy ears, the coyot’ sang ‘bout manners! “Say please and thank you. No double dipping” My lil deputy is pretty good about them things, but ya can’t get enough reminders these days. It was a good lesson in an entertaining delivery.


They combined the ukulele and harmonica, singing “Home on the Range” with the coyote before her departure. Back out on the trail, we were lookin’ for wild horses and with a lap gallop and Copland’s famous “Rodeo,” once used to promote the American beef industry. The Australians just say “Feed the man meat,” mate.


A short ride back to the Shine Ranch, and we had to ready up the place for a special guest. With only one paint brush, there was an excellent opportunity to practice sharing. “What do you do when there’s two of us? You take turns of course.” 


Turns out our guest was a horse, Clip Clop from the Folk show a few years ago. We greeted our old friend, admiring his new cowboy hat, then had another sing-a-long. “Clap your hands, stomp your feet, swing your arms to the beat,” and many got to their feet. Another Copland song “Red Pony” introduced a playful game of trying to guess when to stomp. Then the “William Tell Overture” by Rossini was brought to life with a large drum painted with a Native American motif. Rylie stood to dance on my lap, but now at 4 ½, she was too tall. I brought her down for the finalé, when we learned about the trio’s past and future concerts internationally with one just returning from a performance at Carnegie Hall! We were treated to a postlude of “Happy Trails,” so great even Clip Clop clapped.


Author’s Note:

In accordance with the FTC Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (16 CFR, Part 255), Michael and Rylie Robbins (left) received complimentary tickets to the aforementioned performance.