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On June 21, 2014, the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York was "alive with the sound of music" emanating from the wonderful Arthur Zankel Music Center. The momentous occasion… the recording of LindaLIVE, Linda Eder's latest solo CD and first ever "live" recording, in front of an adoring and enthusiastic audience. The first day of summer was truly a perfect occasion for this magical event.

Here's a closer look at the songs included on LindaLIVE ... in a special video message from Linda herself!


“LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE” (Theme from “Ice Castles”)

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MUSIC: Marvin Hamlisch

LYRICS: Carole Bayer Sager

TRIVIA:

  • Written as the theme for the 1978 film “Ice Castles”
  • Performed by Melissa Manchester in the film
  • Nominated for an Academy Award in 1980
  • Performed by Linda in the 1988 “Star Search” finals when she won the $100,000 Grand Prize


“BLUE SKIES”

MUSIC: Irving Berlin

LYRICS: Irving Berlin

TRIVIA:

  • Written in 1926 for the Rodgers and Hart musical “Betsy”
  • 24 encores of the song by Belle Baker demanded by the audience on opening night
  • On the 24th encore, Baker forgot the words and had to be helped by Berlin who was sitting in the front row
  • One of the first songs to be featured in a “talkie” when it was sung by Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer” in 1927
  • Recorded by Betty Hutton, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Jim Reeves, Eva Cassidy, and Debby Boone


“STORMY WEATHER”

MUSIC: Harold Arlen

LYRICS: Ted Koehler

TRIVIA:

  • Written in 1933
  • First sung at the Cotton Club in Harlem by Ethel Waters
  • Ethel Water’s recording inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Added to the National Recording Registry in 2004 by the Library of Congress
  •  Instrumental version recorded by Duke Ellington in 1933
  • Recorded by Lena Horne, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Etta James, and Michael Crawford
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“I’M NOT LISA”

MUSIC: Jessi Coulter

LYRICS: Jessi Coulter

TRIVIA:

  • Released as a single in 1975 by Capitol Records
  • Coulter played keyboards as well as singing on the original recording
  • Song received a Grammy nomination in 1975
  • Performed by Linda at the Blue Goose when she was a teenager
  • Recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Tanya Tucker, Faith Hill, and Nana Mouskouri


“SOMEONE LIKE YOU”


MUSIC: Frank Wildhorn

LYRICS: Leslie Bricusse

TRIVIA:

  • First appeared on a concept recording of JEKYLL & HYDE in 1986
  • First recorded by Linda in 1990 on HIGHLIGHTS FROM JEKYLL & HYDE
  • First performed “live” by Linda for the World Premiere of JEKYLL & HYDE in 1990 at Houston’s Alley Theatre
  • Performed “live” by Linda  beginning in 1995 in the pre-Broadway tour followed by the Broadway run
  • Appears on several of Linda’s other CDs… LINDA EDER ( 1991), IT’S TIME (1997), and GREATEST HITS (2008)
  • Recorded by Lea Salonga, Lisa Dawn Miller, and Petra Berger


“I DREAMED A DREAM”

MUSIC: Claude-Michel Schonberg

LYRICS: Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer and Jean-Marc Natel

TRIVIA:

  • Sung by Fantine in LES MISERABLES
  • Recorded first by the French cast in 1980
  • Recorded by the London cast in 1985 and the Original Broadway cast in 1987
  • Performed by Linda on “Star Search”
  • Recorded by Patti LuPone, Neil Diamond, Susan Boyle, Aretha Franklin, Lea Michele, and Idina Menzel


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“SAM, YOU MADE THE PANTS TOO LONG”

MUSIC: Sam Lewis and Victor Young

LYRICS:  Fred Whitehouse and Milton Berle  

TRIVIA:

  • Popular hit of 1932 was “Lawd, You Made the Night Too Long”
  • Recorded with Bing Crosby, the Boswell Sisters and the Don Redman Band in 1932
  • Parody written and performed by Milton Berle
  • Parody lived on long after the original was forgotten
  • Made popular by comedian and singer Joe E. Lewis
  • Recorded by Barbra Streisand


“IF I COULD”

MUSIC: Ken Hirsch, Martha Sharron, Ronald Miller

LYRICS: Ken Hirsch, Martha Sharron, Ronald Miller

TRIVIA:

  • Recorded by Linda for her 2008 CD, SOUNDTRACK
  • Recorded by Nancy Wilson, Carl Anderson, Ray Charles, Regina Belle, Cybill Shepherd, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bolton, and Celine Dion


“FERNANDO” (duet with PETER CALO)

MUSIC: Benny Andersson

LYRICS: Stig Anderson (original Swedish version), Bjorn Ulvaeus (English version)

TRIVIA:

  • Released by Anni-Frid Lingstad in 1976 as ABBA’s first non-album single
  • ABBA’s best selling single of all time
  • Original working title was “Tango” and was originally  named “Hernandez”
  • Title of “Fernando” was given by ABBA’s limousine driver and named for his friend, Tony Fernando, a wealthy exports director for celebrities
  • ABBA’s version chosen as Best Studio Recording
  • Recorded by Deborah Sasson, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Pamela McNeill, and Audrey Landers


“DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA”

MUSIC: Andrew Lloyd Webber

LYRICS: Tim Rice

TRIVIA:

  • From EVITA, the first musical theater performance Linda ever saw (off-off-off-Broadway!)
  • Was originally titled “It’s Only Your Lover Returning”
  • Recorded by Olivia Newton-John, The Carpenters, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Donna Summer, Il Divo, and Judy Collins


“NEW OLDIES MEDLEY”

“I Want More”

  • MUSIC: Frank Wildhorn
  • LYRICS: Jack Murphy

“Big Time”

  • MUSIC: Frank Wildhorn
  • LYRICS: Jack Murphy

“Never Dance”

  • MUSIC: Frank Wildhorn
  • LYRICS: Jack Murphy

“Havana”

  • MUSIC: Frank Wildhorn
  • LYRICS: Jack Murphy

“Don’t Rain On My Parade””

  • MUSIC: Jule Styne
  • LYRICS: Bob Merrill

“I Am What I Am””

  • MUSIC: Jerry Herman
  • LYRICS: Jerry Herman


“MORE THAN HEAVEN”

MUSIC: Frank Wildhorn

LYRICS: Robin Lerner

TRIVIA:

  • Recorded by Linda for her 2011CD, NOW
  • First “live” dedication of the song to the people of Japan who suffered greatly during the tsunami that devastated that country
  • Continues to be dedicated by Linda to all those suffering in the world every day


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“CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN”

MUSIC: Richard Rodgers

LYRICS: Oscar Hammerstein

TRIVIA:

  • Written for the 1958 Broadway musical, THE SOUND OF MUSIC
  • Sung by Mother Abbess at the end of Act I
  • Sung by Linda as Mother Abbess in her high school choir’s presentation of THE SOUND OF MUSIC
  • Norwegian version, “Se Over Fjellet” sung by Sissel Kyrkjebo
  • Recorded by Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, The Fleetwoods, and Shirley Bassey


“VIENNA”

MUSIC: Frank Wildhorn

LYRICS: Gary Benson

TRIVIA:

  • Honors Linda’s Austrian heritage
  • Quickly became one of Linda’s signature songs
  • Appears on several of Linda’s CDs… LINDA EDER (1991), IT’S NO SECRET ANYMORE (1999), and GREATEST HITS (2008)
  • Released as a dance single on July 11, 2000


“MAN OF LA MANCHA”

MUSIC: Mitch Leigh

LYRICS: Joe Darion

TRIVIA:

  • Written for the musical MAN OF LA MANCHA
  • First performed at the Goodspeed Opera House in 1964
  • First recorded by Richard Kiley and Irving Jacobson for the Original Broadway Cast in 1965
  • Appears on several of Linda’s CDs… IT’S TIME (1997), BROADWAY MY WAY (2003), and GREATEST HITS (2008)


“OVER THE RAINBOW”

MUSIC: Harold Arlen

LYRICS: E.Y. Harburg

TRIVIA:

  • Written for the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”
  • Number 1 on “Songs of the Century” and “Greatest Movie Songs of All Time”
  • Can be heard in a number of films including “The Philadelphia Story,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and the 2014 film, “Blended”
  • First sung by Judy Garland in the movie
  • Became Garland’s signature song
  • Recorded by Eva Cassidy, Kylie Minogue, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, Katherine McPhee, and Jerry Lee Lewis

 

The day began early for Linda, her band, the sound engineers, and the entire staff of the Arthur Zankel Music Center. This was to be a momentous occasion, and the sound and recording equipment had to be just perfect to capture all the elements that make a “live” recording so special. The photos below capture the afternoon preparations for the evening’s show.

 
     

By 8:00 p.m., the enthusiastic audience members had taken their seats and they were more than ready for show time. At last, Linda appeared on stage and she was welcomed by seemingly unending and thunderous applause and loud cheers. She gave the audience everything they had hoped for and “so much more.” She gave herself as only she can. Standing ovations abounded throughout the amazing show, and the entire evening from start to finish was thoroughly enjoyed by Linda’s faithful fans along with some “newbies,” by her incredibly talented band members, and by Linda herself.

After a very long day of rehearsing followed by the high energy show itself, Linda graciously spent time in the lobby chatting and taking photos with fans, many of whom had traveled long distances by land and air to be there to support Linda on this very special one-of-a-kind night. And to make sure her fans didn’t leave hungry, she provided refreshments in the lobby. As is always the case, Linda proved that not only is she an incredible performer who always gives 200% every time she takes the stage, but also that she is a down-to-earth, kind and generous person who truly cares about her fans. Because of who Linda is as a person, she maintains a strong and fiercely loyal fan base, many of whom traveled very long distances to attend the recording of Linda LIVE.

Brava Linda! We love you!

Some of the luckiest people that evening were not in the audience but were actually behind Linda on the stage as she enchanted her audience. Billy Stein (Musical Director and piano ), Peter Calo (guitar), David Finck (bass), and Jerry Marotta (drums), among the best musicians in the business, have graciously shared their thoughts on this wonderful evening from their unique perspective.

  “It was a really magical evening. The show was flawless - Linda sounded incredible!”
~Billy Stein


   
  “It's always delightful performing with Linda and, for me, a vocal lesson as well. I remember Billy emailing the night before that we were going to rehearse and try a new medley. I thought, ‘This is crazy to learn something new to record and in front of a live audience.’ We rehearsed the medley and with a lots of starts and stops. But to my surprise and delight, Linda and the band rose to the occasion and knocked that one out of the park…. We killed it with Linda totally in control. Linda sang her ass off the entire concert and we were having a ball doing it with her!”
~Peter Calo


   
  “What a great night in Saratoga Springs. Linda sang beautifully and the audience was fantastic. It was a perfect setting to record in concert, an evening of music with a wonderful singer.”
~David Finck
     
  “I've been so fortunate in my career to have worked with some of the most amazing singers on the planet… Paul McCartney, Daryl Hall, Peter Gabriel, Cher, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, and Sheryl Crow to name a few. Whether we're in the studio, on stage or rehearsing in her living room... the minute Linda opens her mouth I get goosebumps and they just don't go away. Her voice is stunning. Her presence is powerful on stage and off. Her performance the night we recorded the live record at Skidmore College was not at all out of the ordinary. It was just yet another evening where I got to sit behind my drum kit and listen to one of the greatest voices I've ever heard. One of the greatest voices... period.
~Jerry Marotta
Band photos, credit: Lori Zapata    


Linda’s faithful fans from all over the United States and Canada were joined by many “locals” for this magical experience in Saratoga Springs, New York. Some terrific writers and photographers were more than happy to share their experiences in words and photos for the many fans who could not attend. We know you will enjoy their great contributions to this Special LindaLIVE Edition of THE VOICE.

Fan Antje Bruck, Fan Donna Hugh-Yeun, Fan Deena Hugh-Yeun, Linda, Fan Gerry Cardwell, and Fan Joan Converse

Antje Bruck from Canada writes…

A Night to Remember

The last time I wrote a review on one of Linda's concerts was a couple of years ago when she came to Ottawa and blew us all away with her amazing pipes and undeniable charm as I knew she would. It was also the moment when we welcomed her as our Honorary Canadian Citizen by the hand of the Canadian Lindaholics.

So, when the word first came out that Linda was planning another special event, I knew I HAD to be there. I did what I usually do when concert dates become available: check the day and driving distance. Saratoga Springs was a little bit out of my range distance wise, but I just COULDN'T let that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity pass me by to be at a LIVE recording. So, on June 21st, I saddled my moose ;) and headed towards the border.

I was soon stopped by what seemed to be a border lot “tailgate party.” Cars, vans, trailers, Harleys - all were inching their way towards the booths for at least 2 km. The weather was gorgeous, so I had all my windows down and I was blasting Linda tunes unapologetically. A thought crossed my mind: Hey, what if all those people are Linda fans on their way to Saratoga Springs?! But then I thought, nah, probably not - but I can give it my all to introduce them to THE VOICE while we were waiting to be processed! So, I cranked the volume up another notch and the next hour went by in a jiffy. Didn't get much response from my fellow drivers - they didn't know what they were missing. The rest of my 6 hour drive was pretty uneventful, but I DO want to thank Linda (and MapQuest) for having this concert “out in the boonies” - once I got off the Thruway I enjoyed the beautiful landscape and farm life of Upstate New York. Just gorgeous and the weather was PERFECT for the first day of summer.

The Beauty of Mother Nature didn't stop at the entry gates of Skidmore College where the recording was to take place; the whole campus looked like a cozy forest-like resort complex. All the buildings and dorms were surrounded by luscious greenery, mature trees and well-maintained lawns and in the middle of it all: the Arthur Zankel Music Center... THE place to be when it comes to LIVE recordings, according to Linda.

Inside the concert hall one still felt connected to the outside environment because the back of the stage was one big window, which let us experience an absolute perfect sunset throughout the course of the concert. You don't get to see THAT every day!
In preparation for this special event, one of my friends had made us a T-shirt that said: Linda LIVE The Concert Recording (front) - Linda Eder I was there for the live recording June 21, 2014 (back), and I can tell you I wore it PROUDLY.

Now to the concert: Well, I have been to a dozen of Linda's concerts but I have never had the pleasure of having a (as I call it) “Warmer Upper.” :)! His name is Jim Corona, a funny guy. It was quite fun to see how he had us applaud and cheer in various degrees of intensity - not that WE really needed it because we ALWAYS go all out when Linda is onstage, but I guess they needed a few samples for the recording part.

Linda came out and the crowd did what it does best - make some noise! We were up on our feet to show Linda our appreciation. You could feel that there was something special in the air that night. I am very thankful for my First Row seat, so I got to experience everything up close and personal. It couldn't get any better. Linda explained a little bit how this evening would proceed, and she asked for joyful audience participation to which we were just all too obliged. Her song selection was that of her “Memory Lane” show which included: “I’m Not Lisa,” “Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long,” “Through the Eyes of Love,” “Don't Cry for Me Argentina,” “The Mad Hatter,” and many more. I personally melted away during “I Dreamed a Dream” from LES MISERABLES, which is, just like Linda's, my all-time favourite musical. And I totally agree with her when she said that EVERY song from that show is great. But that's just me (and Linda, maybe) - you may have your own opinion. :) During “Fernando,” it was OUR turn to be heard and we were singing and clapping heartily. I do hope that will come across nicely on the CD - we tried our very best! Billy jumped on Jim's bandwagon and had us do an extra clapping session after the song. I guess we weren't keeping up with the timing before. LOL!

The night moved along beautifully and one hit chased the other. “Vienna” and “Someone Like You” were not to be missed and she even brought back “If I Could” while thinking of Jake. Oh, speaking of Jake: If Linda ever hires you to mow her lawn, you better make darn sure you know how to go STRAIGHT... or else she'll teach you a lesson as she did to Jake when he thought he'd do his mom a favour by helping out and going across the field in very “creative” patterns. We all had a good laugh and enjoyed a few more of Linda's anecdotes throughout the evening.

Then Linda also had a little extra surprise for us. She told us that many fans always ask for particular songs for her to sing, but she said she can't always make everyone happy. But that night she wanted to make some fans’ dreams came true by putting together an energetic, toe-tapping, head-bobbing, hip-swaying medley of some old-time favorites. She called it the “New Oldies Medley” and included “Big Time,” “Havana,” “I Want More,” and “Don't Rain on My Parade.” The crowd went wild and Linda gave it her all. I thought she'd pass out after the last note - it was THAT intense! But it was also pure fun!

I didn't want this evening to end but as we all know, all good things...! Standing ovations after the last song and a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Linda were our way of saying thanks for this extraordinary night. And, of course, Linda couldn't leave without singing “Over the Rainbow” as an encore. Timeless, haunting and exquisite from the first to the last note.

Now, I COULD finish my review here but... WAIT! There's more! During the evening, Linda informed us that because it was a special night, she would like to invite EVERYONE to stay after the show for some home-made cookies (made by one of her friends) and milk (as most of us were driving). And so we did. The cookies were delicious, the milk and water refreshing, and Linda hung around to take thousands of photos, sign countless items of memorablia, receive little gifts, have a chat here and there with fans, and enjoy the love and appreciation for her and her art. This is the Linda we have come to know and admire, cherish and care for, and for whom we will always hold a special place in our hearts. It was a night to remember, and I can't wait to listen to and share the CD with my friends as soon as it comes out.

Words are hardly enough to say... Thank you, Linda, for everything! So, maybe an extra long hug will do the next time I see you! :)



Fans Marissa Hockfield and Todd Bulmash with Linda

Todd Bulmash and Marissa Hockfield from Illinois write…

And We're Off!

We were so anxious for our delayed flight from O'Hare to Albany to get off the ground. Our much anticipated trip to see Linda LIVE was a first for us. No, it wasn't our first Linda concert, but it was the first time that we traveled outside our home area for the sole purpose of seeing Linda. This was Todd's 10th Linda concert, and Marissa's 11th time seeing Linda. And it was everything we dreamed it would be and more!

Linda LIVE was a once in a lifetime opportunity. For years we have listened to all of Linda's CDs, but we never thought much about what went in to making one. This time we were right up front as the CD was recorded, literally front row thanks to Todd's fast ticket buying skills. It was so special to have the fans be part of the process of making the CD. You could feel the audience's excitement and energy in every laugh, clap, and standing ovation.

The show was filled with new songs as well as old favorites that her fans have fallen in love with over the years. Since the concert was a trip down memory lane, even the new songs brought back old memories for Linda. She included the song she sang in her high school musical and a song from the first Broadway musical she saw. Todd's favorite song of the night was “I'm Not Lisa,” a song that Linda's dad let her sing at his restaurant when a certain band was playing. Marissa was thrilled when Linda sang her current favorite song, “More Than Heaven;” however, her favorite moment was the mix of songs that included several from It's Time, the first Linda CD that Marissa owned and memorized. The Live CD will truly have something for everyone.

At the end of the concert, the audience gave Linda a final standing ovation for the incredible evening and moving concert. Linda graciously thanked everyone and explained that a live CD would be nothing without an audience. To thank the audience, she arranged for a milk and cookies reception in the lobby following the show. She said that she would stay as long as it took to greet every person that wanted to meet her. After what I'm sure was a nervous, tiring experience, Linda stayed for over an hour taking pictures and saying hello to everyone. What a special moment.



Fan Laura Burget and Linda

Laura Burget from Maryland writes…

Linda Eder Fans and Friends

I was fortunate enough to attend a “Memory Lane Being There for the Making of the Linda LIVE CD.” For a fan like me, just hearing that Linda was going to record a live CD was exciting enough. Having the opportunity to actually be in attendance for the making of the LindaLIVE CD was so much more than I ever could have imagined! I have never been a part of the making of a live CD before and was looking forward to this from the time I ordered my ticket.  

I was in the fourth row on the right side and was thrilled to be that close to my favorite performer. It was a bonus that I sat beside a gentleman who lived not far from where I grew up. I made a new friend and enjoyed his stories about meeting and seeing Linda in the past. I didn't give him much choice and told him my stories as well. Now Steve and I are mutual concert attendees from earlier in the year. These concerts have been my favorites because each song seems to have an emotional connection to me and every member of the audience. I'm sure that's because of the raw emotion Linda seemingly sings effortlessly. That I am personally touched by Linda's voice on each song should be of no surprise to anyone who knows me. I feel as if Linda is singing just to me, and I'm sure I'm not the only audience member who feels the same way. The electricity in the Arthur Zankel Music Center on Saturday, June 21, 2014, was palpable. I’m sure Linda was very ready for this to happen, and as a fan and audience member, so was I.

Linda got her first of many standing ovations as she was announced and walked onto the stage. It took awhile for everyone to get settled, and Linda talked about singing the emotional “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” (theme from Ice Castles) during her winning appearance on “Star Search.” That was her second standing ovation of many with bravas and bravos to start a night with too many to count. I knew I was going to lose count of her many ovations. I did! Linda sang an old standard that I personally have loved since she started singing it, “Blue Skies.” I’m so glad it's going to be included on LindaLIVE, and I know I'm going to wear that out! Linda stayed with the weather theme on the beautiful first day and night of Summer singing “Stormy Weather.” The audience truly went wild all night! 

The order of songs sometimes got lost because I was truly in the moment during this concert or as I like to refer to them, the Linda Eder experience. Linda explained that her father owned a restaurant and she was a dishwasher there. She then said her father would allow her to sing one song with a particular group. She sang “I'm Not Lisa” with such depth and humanity that she even said after finishing that she didn't even know what the song meant when she sang it as a young teenager. Linda then explained why she was only in one play during her high school years. It's a funny story I hope makes the CD, but it led to her telling the audience that the choir put on the play “The Sound of Music” and how much she wanted to be Maria. She said she didn't get the role because she's seven feet tall and we all laughed! Linda then sang a song she did from the play, which is the incomparable “Climb Every Mountain.” The feeling behind this song made me mist up and I knew it was coming. Linda kidded about “The Mad Hatter” and then she had all the fun that she usually does singing that song from the thirty day Broadway play of her ex-husband’s. Linda had fun with the audience and everything seemed natural and relaxed.

My personal favorite song that Linda performed is “Someone Like You” from "Jekyll & Hyde.” I feel every note of this song. My emotions get the best of me as chills run up and down me while Linda is getting the most out of every note for everyone of us who have waited for that Someone Like You! I have heard Linda perform this many times and the same feeling overcomes me. I also love to hear Linda sing “If I Could” live. No one sings this song with the emotional feeling that Linda does. We know this song means so much to Linda because she relates to it to her son, even if she can't think about him when singing it. Again Linda's humanity as a mother shines through with what she says, how she performs and how she sings! I stood hooting and hollering after both songs, applauding much like I had all night but maybe with slightly more verve.

Linda sang “Sam You Made the Pants Too Long,” relating a story that this song almost ended her career. She said early in her career she didn't know that she could stop the musician if they started in the wrong key. Her piano player started five notes too high, and she started up there and eventually worked her way down. The audience loved it. One of the highlights was unexpected by me as she sang a medley of songs she performed earlier in her career. They included “I Want More,” “Havana,” “Big Time,” and yes, “Don't Rain On My Parade.” I'm sure I missed a couple because I didn't write anything down. Another standing ovation followed that medley.

Again, I'm probably out of order with the songs but this is how I remember it. Linda sang a song from her favorite musical play, “Les Miserables” and that was “I Dreamed a Dream.” It was mesmerizing as the audience was completely enthralled by her. My eyes never left her until I glanced at the audience and they weren’t moving. Their eyes were fixed on Linda. The performance of that song produced cheering and applause heard all night but perhaps a little louder.

Linda included both her guitar player, Peter Calo, as they sang a duet and the rest of us as we helped out on Abba's “Fernando,” singing along on her cue and attempting to clap. We found out after Linda finished the song to more hoots and applause that we may have been off rhythm on our clapping, but Linda's musical director and pianist, Billy Stein, had us clap again in unison before Linda sang again. Even Linda seemed amused by that and fun was had by all.

Linda sang a song that touches me deeply. She sings “Don't Cry For Me Argentina” incomparably. I think this rendition should be the standard for this song. She is simply amazing and as she feels Eva Peron, so do each of us! The emotion is so distinguishable from others whom I've heard sing this song. Linda sings this song with the passion it truly deserves.

Linda sang the haunting “More Than Heaven,” talking about all the disasters and terrible things that have happened since she released the NOW CD, and that song was on it. It is a time for both reflection and the reality that things are getting worse in this world! It was the only time the applause was appropriately subdued.

At some point, Linda said that the LindaLIVE portion was finished being recorded. I'm not sure what song that ended on because I was so in the moment that when the song ended, I forgot which one it was. Although Linda seemed relieved, she was spot on throughout and I can't wait for my LindaLIVE CD and to get my friends their CDs. Of course, Linda thanked her fabulous musicians more than once, but at the end she really expressed that she had the best in the business.

After she finished the LindaLIVE portion, she sang “Vienna,” and damn did she sing it! LOL! Something she said with perfect timing right near the end of the song. She also performed “Man of La Mancha,” and I'm still waiting for another lady to attempt that song! When I hear the music begin , I know she's going to sing a song which only men still sing except for Linda. Linda got a rousing standing ovation that went on even after she came back out for her encore! All the emotion of the evening was being let loose.  

Finally, Linda was able to sing her closing song for her initial inspiration, Judy Garland, “I'm Always Chasing Rainbows” and smoothly into “Over the Rainbow,” so beautiful and subdued. I'm so glad she saw Ms. Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” and subsequently listened to her “live” albums! She left all in the audience rising as one to thank her for the opportunity to be there by blowing us a kiss. One way or another, we sang with Linda and we certainly expressed our gratitude for hearing the most talented singer on the planet!

I loved that the treat was milk and cookies and not alcohol. Many had to drive to a hotel and some were driving home. Linda graciously took a couple of pictures with me, and I was able to tell her due to flying to see her I'm getting rid of my fear of flying. She said she still has the fear but she does it. I thanked Linda for the privilege of being there. She was extremely thankful that I was there. It was truly an honor to be a part of that evening. Linda once asked me to call her Linda and not Ms. Eder. It's still hard for me to do that but it's kind of neat too! Linda may not remember my name with all of the people she meets, but she recognizes me as a “regular.” That's pretty cool!

 

Fan Linda Carbo and Linda

Linda Carbo from New York writes…

Wow, what can I say? It was a night to remember at Skidmore College. Linda Eder’s “live” CD was happening, and we were there to see and hear it happen.

Seeing so many of Linda’s fans there waiting anxiously for the announcement that we all heard so many times, but this was a special night and then it began… “Ladies and Gentlemen – Linda Eder”…. The applause and cheers were louder than a concert in Central Park… and then it all began with Linda singing each song more incredibly than the first. Her voice was like I first remember her singing some 15 years ago.  So strong, so beautiful, so perfect. The concert went on for almost 2 hours, and with each song Linda was perfection…. So many standing ovations that I lost count, the loud applause and the appreciative audience all directed at Linda and her fabulous talent; and so deserved for what I believe is one of the best voices of our time.

But I always say the most impressive part of the evening is what happens after the show. Not only does she give 100% of herself to her audience, but she continues to amaze many new fans (us old fans know the routine), when the lobby is filled with people and you hear, “Will she come out to say hello?”, “Will she stop to sign autographs?”, and “Do you think she will take a photo with us?” And then the magic continues as Linda comes to the lobby to say hello to her fans, the new fans and every person there. She will sign and autograph, take a photo, and most importantly - what I always found amazing is that she really listens – as each person, one at a time, will ask her questions or talk to her and tell her what she has probably heard a million times. That is, “Linda you are the greatest singer I’ve ever heard.”

I am always amazed of her love for her music, her beautiful voice, her admiration for her band, and above all, her love for being where she is at that very moment.  Linda, you keep singing and we will keep filling the audiences!


Tracy Cleveland from New York writes…

Perfection... We witnessed greatness in Linda as we have at other concerts of hers, but this was truly a magical night and an experience that will never... ever be forgotten. Linda's voice is a true gift from God. 



Fans Natasha Corcoran and Chris Smith with Linda

Natasha Corcoran and Chris Smith from New York write…

Had the most amazing time with Linda! The evening was magical and her voice superb, as usual. We have been to several concerts, but something very special took place that night. The air was electric and the emotions high. A truly unforgettable night! And the milk and cookie “mixer” following the show was an unexpected treat! How sweet of her to greet us all and thank us for attending. I think our faces say it all in our picture with her!


Dennis Kulchinsky from Pennsylvania writes…

“Please don't let this feeling end, it might not come again,” words from Linda's opening number which convey my exact sentiments following the concert. What a perfect night we shared with Linda. The venue, band, singer, and audience all coming together to make it a memorable concert for all of us. From the moment Linda stepped onstage, the audience sent out such positive energy, hoping to help Linda perform at her best for this recording. We all sat there as if we were proud parents watching a loved one make a dream come true. The relationship between Linda and her fans is real. We care for her and in return, she truly appreciates us. Others will review the songs and Linda's performance. I will not forget the feeling in that room.

After the concert, Linda spent time with many fans who stayed to congratulate her. I spent my time with her telling her about a moment in the show that greatly affected both myself and my wife. Our daughter and only child had recently left home to move to LA. We were missing her very much and hearing Linda sing “If I Could” had us both in tears. I had heard that song before, but as Linda sang it I felt the words. A special moment from a special memory. Thanks, Linda, and thanks fellow fans.


Fan Tony Lorusso and Linda

Tony Lorusso from Connecticut writes…

Linda Live at the Arthur Zankel Music Center

The concert at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY was a special one for me. I’ve been a fan of Linda since 2003 when I first saw her in concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. From that point on, I seldom missed her Connecticut concerts and have also attended concerts in New York, Boston, and Florida over the years. While I’ve found all of her performances special, the Saratoga concert was even more so as it was the venue for her live CD recording and because it was my 25th Linda Eder event.

The concert began with Linda entering the stage looking as gorgeous as ever. The songs performed were her “signature” songs (“Someone Like You,” “Vienna,” etc.) in addition to songs she covered that represent somewhat of a history of her career.  When artists cover songs made popular by others, the performance usually doesn’t measure up to the original. With Linda, however, in every case her interpretation and performance, in my opinion, exceeds that of the original artist including the likes of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland. She has such clarity in her voice, purity in tone, and a way of interpreting the music and lyrics that she owns every song that she sings.

A particularly memorable moment for me during the performance was her rendition of “If I Could.” That song gets to me every time, and the fact that I had my daughter with me at the concert coupled with Linda’s flawless and emotional performance made this emotional for us as well. Tears were shed by both of us, which Linda commented to me later during the meet-and-greet that she had noticed (we were fortunate enough to have great seats up front). I always look forward to the meet- and-greets, a chance to chat briefly with Linda, and a photo op!

For this event, her regular quartet of Peter, Jerry, David and, of course, Billy were amazing as always, and I once again enjoyed watching and hearing them perform. All and all it was a great and memorable night. Thanks, Linda! Looking forward to the release of the CD and your upcoming shows.



Paul Parsons from New Jersey writes…

The Linda LIVE concert in Saratoga Springs was a thrilling amazing night that capped a great few months for us. Back in April, my wife Kathy had the fantastic opportunity to have a private one-on-one voice lesson with Linda at her musical director, Billy Stein's, sound studio in NYC. Linda's patience and eagerness to help my wife with many singing techniques was very special.  

So there was no way we were going to miss the Live Concert. We drove from NJ with my sister-in-law and her husband, who had never seen Linda perform and afterwards were so happy they came, and we stayed the weekend in Saratoga Springs. The anticipation for the concert really served to heighten the excitement leading up to that first day of summer, June 21st.

I have never been to a concert with such electricity in the hall. From Linda's first note to her last, I enjoyed this rare experience more than I can express. Linda's beautiful voice, the song selection, the story telling, the acoustics and the band were amazing -  but for me the best part of the entire night was to watch what I felt was Linda Eder having as much fun and being genuinely moved and thrilled as much by all of us in the audience as we definitely were by her. It was so special to be a part of such a big night for her. And then getting to meet Linda again afterwards was just the icing on the cake. A night to always remember. 

Thanks again, Linda, for Kathy's priceless voice lesson with you and for all your hard work and dedication to God's gift to you - the result was you giving us such a wonderful night in Saratoga Springs. 

 

Linda L. Ratliff from New Mexico writes…

Ms Eder's concert was amazing! She was dazzling, energetic, funny, gracious, and her song choices were perfect. She is so extremely talented. Her professionalism and dedication to excellence shined in every aspect of her performance. Her generosity to her fans proves how much she deserves the respect and adoration of her millions of admirers. Thank you for a night to remember.


Fan Linda Skidmore and Linda

Linda Skidmore from New York writes…

Linda Eder at the Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College

Oh What a Night!

It had been fifty-seven days since I ordered tickets to Linda’s live concert recording at Skidmore College. Finally the night arrived! What a fantastic way to celebrate the first day of summer. Although the performance was scheduled for 8:00PM, most people arrived early. The atmosphere was thrilling and the fans extremely excited to be part of this extraordinary evening. The doors opened and we began filing in to this state of the art concert hall.

I was fortunate to have a front row aisle seat although as Linda has proclaimed, “every seat is a gem.” The silhouette of trees outside the glass wall on stage contributed to a beautiful backdrop. Her superb, talented musicians began filing out on stage followed shortly by Linda Eder herself. The audience began applauding. It was a magical moment and this feeling lasted all evening. As always, Linda looked gorgeous in a white sparkling dress with matching heels. The “walk down memory lane” had begun!

For the next ninety-five minutes she would entertain, captivate and exhilarate all of us in a way that only Linda Eder can do. She introduced each song with a short explanation, often humorous, of why it was chosen. I laughed when she spoke of thinking about her son when she sings If I Could, and added she was thinking of Jake mowing the lawn not in the typical “up and down rows” fashion. As a teacher who always promotes creativity in the classroom, I found myself briefly justifying Jake’s way of doing it.

“The Sound of Music” was the musical she did in her senior year and wanted to play Maria, but because she was “seven feet” tall she played Mother Abbess. Linda’s rendition of Climb Every Mountain is so beautiful. Her range is incredible. Her pitch perfect! I don’t know of another human on this planet that can do what she does with her voice year after year… flawlessly!

One of my favorites of the night was her signature song, Someone Like You.(They’re all my favorites!) She nailed it and seemed so elated to do so in one take. Another standing ovation! Linda mentioned some people (some humdrum people) thinking she was getting too old to do this and, of course, the audience cheered her on even more. We don’t believe for one second that this is true. She immediately responded with, “Thank you for lying.”

I thoroughly enjoyed the New Oldies Medley of some of Linda’s popular songs. I cannot comprehend how she was able to sing so many songs in such a demanding medley. I was out of breath just listening to her. The audience gave her another much deserved standing ovation! She let out a quick scream into the mic; perhaps indicating it wasn’t as effortless as she makes it appear. And then without any hesitation, she moved on to the next song!

I loved Linda’s duet with Peter Calo on Fernando. I have heard this several times and always look forward to hearing it again. This is a song where the audience is encouraged to sing along and it’s so much fun. Having been a Streisand fan for most of my life, I enjoyed Linda’s version of Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long. I marvel at the way she can make you cry in one song and laugh out loud in the next.

The first time I heard Linda sing both Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, from “Evita” and I Dreamed a Dream, from “Les Miserables” was last summer. I had always been partial to the talented lady who sang both songs in the 80’s. However, that all changed after hearing Linda Eder sing them. She absolutely blew me away last summer and again for this recording. I can’t wait for the new CD to come out. Linda has the unique ability to draw you into a song and make you feel the emotion and passion she has in singing it. It’s like watching a mini musical on stage. And on this particular night, my feelings were confirmed. Linda Eder owns every song she sings!

Over the course of the evening Linda performed 18 songs. When she announced that she was finished, everyone stood up and applauded. Not one of her songs had to be redone for this CD recording. She came out for her first encore singing Vienna and Man of La Mancha. Her voice was as strong as it was in the beginning of the show. Linda never disappoints! Another standing ovation! She ended the evening with Over the Rainbow. How time flies!

It isn’t over though until Linda Eder appears again! And the real finale is her popular Meet and Greet, and this time Treat! Linda arranged for a milk and cookies celebration after the show. What a kind and generous thing to do for all of us attending. I was able to observe her interaction with loyal fans. She greets everyone as if they are the most important person in the room. She has that twinkle in her eyes and a big smile on her face. Linda stands patiently as we have our photo taken with her and sends us off with a kind word. She is a role model for authenticity!

It’s not just about the music with Linda Eder. What is so endearing is her love for all living things, especially people and animals. Linda is so humble, gracious, compassionate and down to earth. A class act! She is the real deal!

I am so thankful for the person who introduced us to Linda Eder in the 90’s. Since then we have enjoyed more than twenty of her shows. And every time I see her perform, I get a smile on my face, sometimes tears in my eyes, but always love, joy and happiness in my heart.

Linda Eder, you hold the gold in your hands. We hear your voice. We love your voice. And there is joy through it all!
It was an honor to be part of this magical evening. Thanks for making it happen!


Fan Steve Smith and Linda

Steve Smith from Maryland writes…

I have been a disciple of Linda's since I first laid eyes on her. I was introduced to Linda whilst recovering from my first heart break. Love At Second sight, week 3... lol. Hearing that voice gave me the escape I needed. In the days of the VCR, I watched and rewatched each performance as I accumulated them. The romance didn't last, but my love for all things Linda has.

Fast Forward… I traveled to Albany by myself and this worried my folks. They asked me who was going with me, and I said, “No one. I am meeting friends there.” I didn't lie. I was lucky enough to run into friends met over the years and enjoy what we have in common, Linda Eder! As most of us know, Linda gained prominence as a contemporary vocalist with an exceptional range and substance by way of Star Search. I had to let her know somehow how incredible she was and that no matter what, she was (and is), the best out there.

Fast forward, Summer Solstice… This year, at the beautiful Skidmore College campus, my favorite singer took the stage to perform songs which helped build early recognition of her and her talents… “Through The Eyes of Love,” “Don't Cry for Me Argentina,” “I Dreamed A Dream,” all unfolding for the first time in front of my eyes... Live. Linda was the most natural and relaxed I have ever seen. A stratospheric talent with an earthly gravity and concerned enough for her audience to serve them cookies and milk before they went home. And with enough graciousness to afford all of her fans a few personal moments with her.

I look forward to the “live” CD. No, not to hear myself screaming, but to hear how much fun the night was. And like you, Linda, I will never forget it.


Fan Maureen Stewart and Linda
Fan Maureen Stewart and Billy

Maureen Stewart from New York writes…

One would expect that attending the performance that would capture Linda’s first-ever, “live” CD to be a special event. Just how special that event would be, no one could have imagined. If you were in attendance, you already know exactly what I’m talking about. If you weren’t there, you unfortunately missed an incredible evening. Thankfully enough though, you will be able to share in the experience with the CD. 

I could go on and on about the set-list, (who hasn’t been dying for a professionally recorded version of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from Linda?), but I would rather talk about how it felt to be there.

Exceedingly rare, especially these days, is the artist who sounds even better in person than they do in a recording session. Linda is one of those artists. Her voice is pristine either way, so just what is it that she gives in her “live” performance that can’t be captured in the studio? Herself. 

In a live performance, you get absolutely everything she has to give. You get the nervousness that was palpable in the Arthur Zankel Music Center from the moment she stepped on stage. And that’s not a bad thing; it brought with it an electricity of the high expectations of this one performance. After the first song or two, you could see Linda relax, and you could almost hear the audience let out the breath they had surely been holding since her first note.   

As Linda promised, the audience was an integral part of the performance, and it was clear from beginning to end that we were in this together.  I have to say that I am very proud of my fellow concertgoers; we didn’t let Linda down. I have never been to a performance with more standing ovations than this one; heck, you would have thought it was being taped for a DVD! They weren’t fluff either; every single one of them was well deserved and you could see the flood of gratitude as Linda graciously accepted them.

Linda uses all of these emotional moments to connect with her audience but the most important, to me, has always been her sense of humor. Sure, she made us cry with her performance of “If I Could,” but she brought us to hysterics with her totally goofy antics on “Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long.”

That’s what we got on this night of nights, all of her. I think not only Linda, but the entire audience, felt like we had just accomplished something big, and I can only hope that for those of you who couldn’t be there that the CD does this show justice.


 

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