I promised a post on Linda at Carnegie Hall. It's been a week now and I still can't put it into words; but I shall try my best.
I arrived at CH 20 minutes before the show began and was immediately disappointed that despite my best efforts to -not- take pics of NYC (to conserve my camera battery) my camera was dead! So I don't have any pics of the evening, but luckily others do :) I don't have pics of CH itself though :( I sat in row E of the balcony, center section, so I had the best view of the whole hall in all its splendor!
When I arrived, the woodwinds were warming up to 'Sympathy, Tenderness', 'In His Eyes' and other linda songs from Jekyll and Hyde! It was not a full orchestra accompaning her, but it was not just the band either. They had all the necessary musicians for the beautiful orchestrations and I swear they must have transplanted members of the London Symphony Orchestra for the evening!
Then Linda came out on stage in this gorgeous purple number! (My favorite color!) She did not say a word. She simply opened her mouth and out spilled "Almost Like Being In Love/ This Can’t Be Love." (and the roof was gone) For personal reasons, I can't listen to this song... I always skip it on the cd. So I'm glad she opened with it b/c I got all my tears out of the way and could thoroughly enjoy the rest of the evening!
Next came a medly of "The Best Is Yet To Come/ The Man I Love/ Just In Time". To die for.
Then "Me And My Shadow", during which she was lit perfectly in shadow! (as a side note, the lighting for the whole evening was just fabulous! I'm a techie and I was in awe... they had turquoise and purple gels! And during DROMP, they had rainbow lighting!!!)
"You Go To My Head" Linda sung it just as Judy did in '61- including the part where Judy forgot the lyrics :)
The Rainbow’s End- unbelievable! One of my fovrites of the night.
Now came the hardest part of the show for Linda- when she tries to sit down! Only, with the split in the dress, she couldn't sit properly and ended up apologizing to the dress maker and tucking it between her knees :p
"It Never Was You"
"The Boy Next Door/ You Made Me Love You" Her voice almost blends with the strings at times, simply beautiful. My other favorite!
"By Myself" You have not heard anything, anything, until you've heard this live.
For the second half, Linda came out in this flowy black number!
"Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart/ The Trolley Song"
"It’s All For You'
Then the song that, as far as Linda can tell, "is just about alcohol."
"I’d Like To Hate Myself In The Morning" At the very end, all the sudden we hear "Am I a beat ahead?" John Oddo noded a yes to her and then Linda came in to belt the last note perfectly! It was so wonderful to know that even Linda isn't always perfect!
"Do It Again" Simply perfect. perfect.
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody My other favorite! Linda's expressions during this were priceless!
Then Linda described the definition of a 'torch song' as a song that raises her blood pressure when she sings it :-) She then sang some of Judy's classic torch songs:
"Stormy Weather/ The Man That Got Away"
Next came "I’m Always Chasing Rainbows/ Over The Rainbow" Wow! Words can't describe the experience of hearing this song done in tribute to Judy in CH!
I thought she would end with this, so I (and half the hall) jumped to my feet! But then, surprise! came
"San Francisco/ Swanee" !!!!!!!!
She exited to thunderous applause, but didn't take long to come back on stage and proclaim "well you know, I did have a couple more for ya!" As soon as she said this, I thought "Vienna and DROMP, it just has to be!" And Linda didn't disappoint! Before the show, the lady sitting next to me had been wondering whether she would do Vienna, and I said 'I bet she'll do it as an encore because it's just not a Linda concert without Vienna!' And I was right! Linda said that "it was the only song in the show that Judy didn't sing, but I think she'd like it." And the audience took a collective gasp as the first notes were played! It was the best I've ever heard it!
And then she busts out DROMP, like only Linda can! On the message board we've decided that Babs no longer owns this song. This is Linda's song now and I'm sure if Babs had been there, she would agree.
But, surprise, it's not over! Linda ended the evening with a beautiful song that I had never heard before: "Look For The Silver Lining" Allie said it best, "what a way to close a show"!!!
I did wait at the stage door... but Linda did not sign autographs or pose for photos :-( (It's not like I flew half way across the country to meet her or anything.. oh wait. I did.) Oh well, there's always next time!
Afterwards, as I was waiting (for 20 minutes!) for my subway car to leave, I just had to sing! And i happened to be in an empty subway car, so I san a few of the numbers from the concert and made many a new Linda fan from those walking by! Linda is just so inspiring!
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