A Celebration of the Music of Jimmy Webb. - New York City Article
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Wednesday (May 3)
Here’s an outrageous but provable statement: Jimmy Webb is the most universally sing-able songwriter of our time. Without deliberately trying to, from the time he was a very young man (he wrote his first hit, “Up, Up and Away” when he was 19) up through his modern years as a veteran songwriter and ASCAP official, Mr. Webb is the only composer whose music could be sung by literally everyone, from Liza Minnelli to Willie Nelson to Beyonce. His songs defy all preconceived notions of stylistically boundaries, musical genres, and even generations. This 70th birthday event is timed not only to announce the publication of his excellent new book, The Cake and the Rain (which is, hardly surprisingly, one of the best music memoirs I’ve ever read) but to benefit Glen Campbell alzheimer’s foundation, I’ll Be Me. What makes Mr. Webb’s book so remarkable is the same talent that makes his songs great: the ability to take something personal, an experience, a feeling, a state of mind, and make it into something transcendentally universal – that everyone can related to and participate in. You know the songs, “Wichita Lineman,” “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress,” and the song that ate pop music, “MacArthur Park”; you know the performers, Dwight Yoakam, Toby Keith, Graham Nash, Hanson, Art Garfunkel, Amy Grant, Shelea, Judy Collins, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Liz Callaway, Michael Douglas, Johnny Rivers, Ashley Campbell, and Jimmy Webb himself. Now, all you need to know is how to get tickets, so see below:
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)