Feinstein and Jim Brickman at the Palace Theater
and I have had this very bad habit this past summer of buying
and paying for tickets to a variety of concerts and then
not going. Reason being the weather was too nice, we just
plain didn’t feel like it, etc.
Herman reminded me about our tickets to see Michael Feinstein
and Jim Brickman at The Palace Theater in Albany, I made
up my mind that this concert was one we wouldn’t blow
was a very hot day and I literally had to pry myself away
from the lake. Thank goodness the air conditioning in our
van was working.
down to Albany we go on a warm summer evening. The concert
was great and both Herman and I were very glad we went.
started off with Jim Brickman simply coming on stage and
playing the piano. He has a unique style that is easily
recognized and he also had a very easy going manner with
the audience. One thing he told us I didn’t know was
that he wrote and played much of the background music for
the summer Olympics.
also mentioned that he started out in Cleveland, which really
struck me since that’s where I grew up. He also mentioned
he started in the music business writing jingles for commercials
before he became the biggest selling artist for Windham
Hill Records. Since I had only heard his instrumental music,
I didn’t know he also sang, and that was a nice surprise.
Michael Feinstein took the stage, the audience virtually
erupted in applause. Ever since his one man Broadway show,
“Isn’t It Romantic,” Feinstein has become
known as quite the showman and he certainly didn’t
disappoint us that night.
does older, pop tunes by Gershwin, and Bernstein and others,
but always giving them his personal touch. He asked for
requests on Gershwin tunes at one point and ad-libbed a
medley on the spot that seemed like he had rehearsed it
before the show.
he sang, “My Romance,” it took me back to my
days in New York City. He told a couple of stories about
his background that were especially interesting. He had
been asked to play for Barbara Sinatra’s birthday
and rehearsed as many obscure Sinatra tunes as he could.
Frank asked him how he learned so many, since at the time
he, “looked about 12 years old.”
I’m glad we didn’t procrastinate and finally
went to a concert we had planned on attending.
"Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an
acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous
columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"