Horses & Burgers
"You cannot beat a perfect summer day that consists of hanging around with your horses, trail riding through beautiful country side, and then eating the best burger and fries and mint chocolate chip ice-cream ever!! This is what life is about."
Check out the video here!
Friday, July 20, 2018
"If You See Me" Review by Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune)
Linda Eder hits a personal best with 'If You See Me'
The first time I encountered Linda Eder, at Park West in 1994, I hardly could believe what I was hearing.
Was it possible that a voice this huge and luxuriant was being applied not to the pop trivialities of the moment but to timeless American songwriting made famous by the likes of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett? Could it be that an emerging singer, who attracted a small audience to her unheralded Chicago debut, was bringing a fiercely personal perspective to music of the Gershwins, Jule Styne and Paul Simon, as well as more contemporary, Sondheimesque fare?
Those questions soon were answered with a resounding “yes.” For that first Chicago concert was no fluke, Eder soon establishing herself as the next great voice in the Garland/Streisand tradition. If Eder’s turn in the musical “Jekyll & Hyde,” by her then-husband Frank Wildhorn, brought her new acclaim, it was her solo work — in concert and on record — that defined Eder’s position as champion of classic American song.
Eder has recorded steadily and performed judiciously since then, declining to play hundreds of concerts per year, as other singers on the way up often do. As a result, she has managed to preserve and nurture that remarkable instrument despite the passage of decades, as she proves beyond doubt in her newly released, 17th solo album, “If You See Me.”
To anyone who values Eder’s work in mainstream, swing-tinged repertory — apart from her forays into country-pop singing and self-styled songwriting — “If You See Me” will come as balm. For during the course of its 12 tracks, Eder delivers gems by Styne, Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Cy Coleman and, of course, the Gershwins with all the power, sumptuousness and sensuousness of sound one has come to expect from her (she even renders Andrew Lloyd Webber palatable).
But there’s more here, as well. The insight of Eder’s interpretations, the audaciously slow tempos she takes in certain ballads, and the layers of nuance and texture of her vocals indicate an already accomplished singer digging deeper.
In part, this owes to the way the album was recorded: extremely up close and personal. We can hear Eder drawing breath between phrases; we can discern when she chooses to apply a hint of grain or grit to her otherwise silken lines. Every detail of Eder’s articulation and timbre are rendered plain to hear, the singer giving listeners some of their closest access yet to the character of her sound.
No track on the album crystallizes the evolution of Eder’s work more than her illuminating version of Sondheim’s oft-sung “Losing My Mind.” Here Eder somehow sustains a classic-pop sensibility while pursuing the song’s darkest subtext. The sheer deliberation of her tempo, with Eder investing unmistakable meaning into every passing note, renders this the album’s centerpiece.
One simply does not often encounter such sheer beauty of tone tempered by flashes of sorrow, expressed via a catch in the throat here, a barely whispered note there, a high-register sigh somewhere else. No two phrases — sometimes no two pitches — show quite the same vocal color, Eder continually recasting the music to reflect the emotional undertow of a Sondheim masterpiece.
Eder cheekily invites comparisons to Streisand with her opening selection, Herman’s “Before the Parade Passes By,” but Eder stands as one of the few vocalists who can do so effectively. As she slowly but inexorably turns up the dial and the tempo, it’s impossible to think of anyone else’s version but hers, the bloom of her sound and the surge of her crescendos impossible to deny or resist.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from “Carousel,” may seem like ancient history, but Eder’s slowly soaring version emerges as an anthem for the ages. Elsewhere, Eder’s sassy, saucy version of “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have” refreshes another Streisand landmark; “Bring Him Home,” from “Les Miserables,” shows Eder making an epic concert aria of the tune; and a medley of “The Best Is Yet to Come,” “The Man I Love” and “Just in Time” attests to her reverence for songs that invite continued re-examination. All of this is accompanied by hefty swing-band arrangements that don’t get in the way.
Eder closes the album on a family note: “I Have a Voice,” by ex-husband Wildhorn and Robin Lerner, nobly serves its purpose of combating bullying in schools; “If You See Me” marks a collaboration between composer Jake Wildhorn (the singer’s son with Frank Wildhorn) and lyricist Eder, the catchy tune evoking vintage Billy Joel.
But of course, it’s the standards that drive this album and represent the essence of Eder’s art.
“If You See Me” is available at www.lindaeder.com.
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Linda @ Westbury
Linda performs with her son, Jake on June 30th at Westbury!
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Rob Rush Radio Interview
Broadway star Linda Eder comes to NYCB Theater at Westbury this Saturday June 30th in support of her 17th solo recording, which is a collection songs from Broadway and The Great American Songbook. The album is called "If You See Me" and is available now. We talk about the album and her upcoming performance.
You can listen to the interview here!
Monday, July 02, 2018
Millennium Dancesport Championship
Linda was recently in New Orleans performing with incredible world champion ballroom dancers in Millennium Dancesport Championships. Fellow Star Search alum Ty Herndon was also performing.
Monday, June 25, 2018
The CDs & DVDs are arriving in the mail!
People are beginning to receive their discs in the mail!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The CDs & DVDs are on their way!
Linda personally took all the pre-ordered and signed CDs & DVDs to the post office on Monday.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
New CD & DVD Available NOW!!!
You can now order the new CD & DVD here!
Monday, June 18, 2018
New Issue of THE VOICE
Check out the new issue of THE VOICE, with a new interview with Linda as well as a breakdown of the songs featured on her new CD, If You See Me.
Check is out here!
Monday, June 18, 2018
lindaeder.com is NEW!
lindaeder.com has been updated with a fresh new look and feel!
Monday, June 18, 2018
Hi Everyone! I am out planting today and here is what - and more importantly - why!
Bees are important pollinators & need our help. Each time my post is shared (including the hashtag #DontKillMyBuzz) @Beesponsible will donate $1 to @NationalWildlife Federation which has great bee-friendly gardening programs & tips. They also have great T-shirts for sale at Beesponsible.com. $5 from each goes to @NWF, too.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Linda Teases New CD with Video
Here is the track listing from Linda's new CD "If You See Me":
Before The Parade Passes By
As If We Never Said Goodbye
Music That Makes Me Dance/Can't Take That Away From Me
You'll Never Walk Alone
What Did I Have That I Don't Have
Down With Love
Bring Him Home
Losing My Mind
The Best Is Yet To Come/The Man I Love/Just In Time - Medley
I Have A Voice
If You See Me
You can view the video here!
If you have not already pre-ordered the CD, it will become available on June 17th at www.lindaeder.com
Friday, June 01, 2018
Linda Eder Celebrates Broadway And Song
From Theatre Pizzazz (click here for website)
By Marilyn Lester
Singer and actress Linda Eder has a dedicated, ardent, loyal following and it’s easy to see why. Eder has a charismatic stage presence and the talent to back it up. She’s a Broadway award winner who’s also forged a successful career in cabaret and on concert stages. Plus she has 18 albums to her credit. Appearing at Feinstein’s/54 Below, she’s promoting her latest, CD, If You See Me, presenting a program of album highlights and celebrating her musical theater career.
Eder’s entrance was on the dramatic side. Breathlessly rushing in to the late-starting show she quickly explained she was stuck in traffic and made up for it by launching into a jazzy medley of “The Man I Love,” “Just in Time” and a slow tempo “Before the Parade Passes By.” She could have used her power voice to send that particular tune to the stratosphere, but she chose another way. In focusing on the lyric, the words took on meaning. This skill is one of Eder’s strong suits. She has the interpretive ability of a Mabel Mercer (that legend who, when her voice was gone, used parlando to bring her material to blazing light). Eder has an intuition for the music. She knows when to power up and power down, so each song achieves maximum value. Eder also has jazz chops beneath a largely Broadway style of delivery, evident on “Till You Come Back to Me” and a swinging “Down With Love.”
There’s gentleness to her demeanor and in her speaking voice, which has a light airy tone with hints of her native Tucson, Arizona in it. Whatever the magic, she holds an audience. This was no more apparent than on one of her most-requested numbers, “Vienna” (written by former husband, Frank Wildhorn). Wildhorn was also represented in the repertoire with “Someone Like You” (to which she applied a truly boffo finish) and “Bring on The Men” both from her Broadway debut show, Jekyll & Hyde.
A strong element of Eder’s set was the band. Her sextet was not merely backup, but in partnership with the singer. The result was spectacular musicianship all around. Arrangements by music director and pianist, Billy Stein, were fresh and suited Eder to the proverbial “t.” The slow arrangement of Losing My Mind,with piano only, made for an aching, torchy interpretation of the song. On an up-tempo “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” the brasses provided an effective counterpoint to the melody. And choosing to use the rhythm section only for a slow-tempo “Smile” also brought the best out of that tune in emotive quality, with David Finck on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums. A flute interlude on “bring Him Home” by Aaron Heike (who also played saxophone) was splendid. Also demonstrating sublime musical chops were Tony Kadleck on trumpet and keyboardist James Olmstead.
Eder’s closer, a gender-bending “Man of La Mancha,” with the band in full swing was truly a showstopper and showpiece in every sense. Yet it was a very personal and low-key encore, “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows,” to Stein’s piano accompaniment that sealed a superb evening of music and song with a feel-good glow.
Photo: Maryann Lopinto
Linda Eder, Remaining shows are on May14, July 26, 27 and 28 and September 12, 13 and 14, all at 7 PM.
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 West 54thStreet, New York, NY, 646-476-3551, www.54below.com
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Mother's Day Presale
Linda announced her new CD and DVD will be available for preorder on Mother's Day. Click here for more information.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Linda In The Studio
Linda posted a picture on Facebook showing her in the studio recording her new album!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018