t was a magic night at Woodstock, when a New York kid barely known outside of the coffeehouse circuit in Greenwich Village sang her song Beautiful People and inspired the first panorama of candles and cigarette lighters ever raised at a concert event.
nd it was a magical night in Huntington as Melanie brought her music to our much more intimate venue. Melanie's warmth filled the room as she treated us to new songs she has written with her son Beau ... and with some of our favorites from her youth. It was a sparkling show that all of us will long remember.
elanie was moved to write Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), which sold more than one million copies in 1970 and prompted Billboard to anoint her as female vocalist of the year. Her single Brand New Key, an infectious romp about freedom and her brand new roller skates, topped the charts in 1971.
ith guitar in hand and a talent that combined amazing vocal equipment, disarming humor, and a vibrant engagement with life, she was booked as the first solo pop/rock artist ever to appear at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Sydney Opera House, and in the General Assembly of the United Nations, where delegates greeted her performances with standing ovations. UNICEF made her its spokesperson.
er talent and her fame are as soaring as ever longtime fans will sense this immediately a line of feeling and meaning that threads through every moment of her music. Writing and performing with her son Beau, her songs encompass poetic flights conjured in her imagination. Her new album Paled by Dimmer Light, co-written and produced by Beau, explores the lessons of life to mark the starting point for each song, which then broadens them in ways that allow each of us to find our own connection. It is, in this sense, classic composition, immaculately crafted yet as irresistible as a first love or forgotten heartache.
feel like a person who's never been heard," she declares. "Maybe people think they've heard me, but they never really have. I'm a new artist. I'm having so much fun with my voice a person shouldn't be allowed to have so much fun. I'm the woman I wanted to be when I was sixteen and going for Edith Piaf. It's me I'm back." ... and she was, in spades.
Later, he accompanied Melanie throughout the concert, adding to the depth of her performance.
Praises by others for her performances:
Link to Melanie's music clips:
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Opening for Melanie tonight were our featured open mike performers:
Our host this evening was Ira Perlman.