Lissn didn’t happen overnight; it’s actually been 45 years in the making. Since the moment I sat glued to my television set in 1967 watching Barbra sing in Central Park knowing that I longed to sing He Touched Me, but in my own way, to the tears I shed on that terrible day in 1983 when Karen Carpenter took her last breath. She Touched Me is dedicated to any woman who has ever loved another woman and This Masquerade is a gift to Karen. From watching my all-time favorite stage play, Man of La Mancha, from the nosebleed seats in Chicago when I was a teen entranced by Joan Diener singing the lead role, to the pain I felt when in college I chose to pass up the opportunity to sing the role myself. What Do You Want of Me helps to ease that long standing regret. From Dylan’s Forever Young bringing back joyful memories of my daughter’s high school graduation as I stood in front of her classmates and their parents singing it to them as happy tears flowed to the joy years later singing L’dor Vador at her wedding.
So while it seems as though nothing ties all these pieces of music together, the truth is they are all linked. Linked through time, linked by a lifetime of love, a lifetime of memories.
I hope you enjoy this offering of love. All I ask is that you Lissn.