Volume 6- Edition 1
Summer/Fall 2005
BY MYSELF Judy Garland Dan Levine
Quarters Michael Feinstein Linda Kids Mann Center Contest Fan Corner

 

 

Have you ever seen the sparkle in Linda's eyes when she spots a child in the audience at one of her concerts? Or seen the way she beams when she greets a young Eder-fan at the stage door? Linda's littlest fans hold a special place in her heart, and she in theirs, as you will see in this tribute to Linda from her youngest of fans.




Hi! I'm Nicholas Golden and I am one of Linda Eder's "little fans." My Mommy and "Mimi" are fans too so it must be a genetic thing. I met Linda for the first time when I was seven weeks old. Linda was very brave to hold me. I was very good and didn't spit up on her! That would have been so embarrassing. Now I am almost four and I get to go to more concerts.

When I am at my Mimi's house I ask her to play the Christmas Stays the Same DVD. Then I bring out all my instruments and set up my little band in front of the TV. I always want to watch Clint and try to play my drums just like him. He is really great!

My favorite songs are "One Bad Habit" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Mimi says when I go to school and they teach us to sing "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," that I will think it should be sung just like Linda does it. Of course... she is the best!

Now that I am going to be a big brother, I guess I will have to introduce the newest "Eder-fan" to Linda's music.


Linda with Little Eder-fan Nicholas Golden at 7 weeks old (left) and 3 years old.

 



 

Linda poses with Fan Gerry Cardwell and her Granddaughters, young Eder-fans Alexa and Abigail Zinser (right).

 


 

Linda Eder is an amazing singer. She is very inspiring. I've been to three of her concerts. I saw one with Teder Bear and the other two with my mom and friends. When I saw her with Teder Bear I was able to go backstage and meet her. She was very nice to me. She signed my CD cover and allowed us to take pictures with her. It is a memory that I will always remember. I think that her music is for everyone — kids, teens and adults. A lot of people admire her. I do.

-Allison Whitehouse, Age 11

I first heard Linda Eder because my mom was listening to her constantly. I liked almost all the songs right away, but there were two that I especially enjoyed "Man of La Mancha" and "I Want More." My mom surprised me with concert tickets and I went to see Linda at the Westbury Music Fair with my mom, a group of her friends and a friend's daughter. It was really exciting because we had front row seats and were in charge of Teder Bear. The concert was absolutely fantastic! I was able to meet Linda and have my picture taken with her. Then I got to see her again when she came to my hometown, Union, New Jersey. It was another great show and I got my cousin to come. She's now a Linda Eder fan too!

-Kelly Monaghan, Age 13


Young Eder-fans Kelly Monaghan (right) and Allison Whitehouse pose for a picture with Linda and "Teder Bear."


 


 

Little Eder-fan Grace DeNicola with her baby sister Natalie.
Little Eder-fan Grace DeNicola is 5 years old and already loves the Voice, Linda Eder! She was thrilled to answer questions from her Mommy, Diane, about Linda and her music and to draw a portrait of Linda.

MOMMY: Did you like seeing Linda Eder in concert with Mommy and Daddy last year?

GRACE: It felt really happy to see her. She was like the real, real one — not on a CD. The concert was great. REEEEALLY great!

MOMMY: Do you want to see Linda Eder again?

GRACE:
I would love to see Linda Eder again because she is so beautiful.

MOMMY: Do you think Natalie [Grace's baby sister] would like seeing Linda?

GRACE: Well yea. I mean if I'm seeing her and you're seeing her and Daddy's seeing her then of course Natalie would see her. She likes her best.

MOMMY: What did you think when you met Linda Eder?

GRACE:
She was the beautifulest girl in my whole life I had ever met and I really liked her and I was happy to get her autograph and Mom when are you going to get that off the fridge and into my room? [the signed ticket stub is on the refrigerator] I like Linda Eder because she's the greatest singer I love.

MOMMY: What is your favorite song?

GRACE: Um - "Vienna" - DUH!

MOMMY: How do you feel when you hear "Vienna?"

GRACE: I feel great... and that's all I want to say Mom.

 


 

Young Eder-fan Gabriella Greco writes...

Young Eder-fan Gabriella Greco meets Linda for the first time in 2000.

When I saw that you wanted stories and pictures of "Young Eder-fans" for the summer edition of THE VOICE, I was a little apprehensive about writing in and sharing my story. After thinking it through, I decided to because I want you, the fans, and most importantly Linda, to know how she has literally changed my young life forever.

You see, I was born 3 and 1/2 months premature weighing only 1 lb. 8oz. Due to my premature birth, I developed a mild case of Cerebral Palsy, which has dominantly but very mildly affected my left leg, hip and hand, as well as a little on the right. Because of the CP, I had to wear leg braces until I was 12 years old, and I had to go through two painful surgeries to help strengthen my legs. To help increase the chances of my legs becoming stronger, I got involved in gymnastics. I even went to gymnastics camp with my cast on. Even though I was in for a long recovery process, I was determined to become stronger. Nothing was going to stand in my way. Not even my stupid CP.

Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end. Reality hit me hard the day I had to quit gymnastics. I was very depressed during that time. I felt like I was going to fail at everything because of my legs. Then one day while mom and I were reminiscing about gymnastics and discussing other options, Mom suggested that I take up singing lessons. I loved to sing and did it for fun, but I overlooked Mom's suggestion because gymnastics was my life.

Then that following summer, which was the summer of 2000, I attended the concert that would change my young life forever. I would be a witness to the most amazing singer of our time, my angel in disguise, Broadway sensation Linda Eder. As I listened to this unfamiliar and astonishing voice, I found myself sitting in absolute amazement while tears ran down my face. This may sound weird but as this amazing woman was singing, it was like God was sending me a message through her letting me know that everything was going to be ok. I know it sounds crazy, but it's how I truly felt. It was a total out of body experience. By the time the concert was over, I knew what I was meant to do. I was meant to share my voice. As soon as I got home, I took up singing lessons. As I became more and more involved in singing, sadly I began to forget the reason why I was doing this and more importantly the person who had inspired me to do so.

Young Eder-fan Gabriella Greco with Linda after the Palace Christmas shows in New York City in 2004.

Then one night after one of my recitals, I would be put back on track and brought back to the person who inspired me. I went home and put in the VHS that my teacher gave me. She said it was a Christmas concert of this singer that she thought that I would really enjoy. As I sat there and watched, I was like "where have I seen her before?" It didn't register until the end of the show that "Linda Eder" was the woman whom I had seen two years before in concert, the woman who had inspired me to sing. From that moment, I promised myself I never would get off track again.

Two years later I had the opportunity to meet Linda. It was a meeting that neither Linda nor I will ever forget. Ever since that first meeting, I cherish each time I have the opportunity to talk to Linda. Each time is as special as the next. I enjoy the long-distance friendship that has evolved. I enjoy being able to talk to her so easily, and through her guidance, I have found serenity in my life that helps me to live each day to the fullest and to reach for all of my dreams.

Today I am 16 years old. I start and end my day with Linda and continue to be inspired by "The Voice." Linda, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 


 

Linda Eder: The Bonus Lady
By: Jo Blackhead aka FrissieCats

Yes, Linda Eder is known as "the Bonus Lady" to my students! This came about because of two events: the 2002 Winter Olympics special debut of "Gold" and I'm always looking for new ways to motivate my students to take ownership of their grades. When the song aired, the announcers failed to give credit to Linda. The word went out to call local NBC stations to ask who sang it. I could call the NBC affiliates in the bordering states but I thought I'd offer it as an extra credit opportunity for my "little darlings" on an upcoming test.

I don't think we generated many calls BUT a silver lining came to light: my "little darlings" were fascinated that I had a favorite singer AND that I knew so much about her. So we began a weekly Linda bonus question and my students came to call her "the Bonus Lady."

I even put my shyness aside and asked Linda to sign a photo to my students and to add "The Bonus Lady" to her signature. Linda complied but I think she was expecting the men in white coats to come claim me! (Thanks for the idea, Judi!)

A few weeks into the new school year, I put the autographed photo in a visible place but said nothing. It took a few classes before someone noticed it. I heard a startled, "She knows about us?" I assured them that I shared our bonus question situation with Linda (I had posted it on the message board). Like wildfire, word spread amongst the relatively small student population and I had visits from many former "little darlings" who wanted to see "the Bonus Lady's" note to them. They were thrilled to say the least!

 


 

The first meeting of Young Eder-fan Katie Phelan (then 6 years old) and Linda.
My name is Katie Phelan and I am 13 years old. I have been going to Linda Eder concerts for about as long as I can remember. (A special note from Mom: Katie was 4 years old when she first heard Linda sing. Katie loved the song "No One Knows Who I Am" from JEKYLL & HYDE and kept asking her mom, "Why doesn't she know who she is?!"). In the first grade, I had my first picture taken with her at The Strand Theater in York, Pennsylvania. I was happy to meet her, and I was very shy. I just stared at her in awe when she talked to me. I was thinking, "Wow, the lady that was on stage is talking to me!" while looking at how pretty she was. The ladies who were around us thought it was cute while I smiled and continued staring at her. I felt very special to have met her.

My mom loves Linda's music and I like to go to concerts with her. She often plays Linda's CDs around the house, so that is what I grew up listening to! Whenever I bring friends home from school, they go home knowing about Linda Eder and some of them end up buying the CD and get their entire family hooked. My friends and I love the "Man of La Mancha" song and would try to sing the high notes. I have even taken some of my friends to concerts. They all loved it and we listened to their favorite songs on the car ride home!

I have also met very nice people at Linda's concerts and enjoy talking to everyone around me. It is a great experience and I always look forward to seeing Linda friends. It is fun to talk to others that love Linda like I do! It is also amazing to learn about different people who have the same interests as you.

I have also been giving my teachers Linda CDs and I cannot even begin to count how many times they have come up to me, thanked me, and told me how they listen to the CD in the car every day. I have even heard some of them humming Linda tunes in class!

Young Eder-fan Katie Phelan and Linda in 2005.

It makes me feel good to see a person's reaction when they first hear Linda's voice and I can compare myself to them. My religion teacher loved her so much, she played the Christmas CD in class, and she very rarely plays music in class. My friends thought it was cool to hear a Linda CD, since they've heard so much about her from me. I do listen to other types of music, but because Linda is so good, I keep coming back to hers. She is the only singer I have not stopped listening to. The other singers get old and boring after a while, but never Linda!

The Christmas Concert is really fun to go to. I think that Linda's Christmas CD is the best! I have heard other Christmas CDs, but none compare to Linda! I always have a blast going to concerts and learning all the words to her new songs! I am always smiling when a song is playing in my head, because I'm always happy! I always look on the positive side of things, and Linda's songs never fail to brighten my day! I don't have a particular favorite song because I just love all of them! Linda makes my life more fun and exciting! She is great and a fantastic person. I really look up to her. I love you, Linda!

"Linda Concert" by Katie Phelan at age 6.

 


 


Betsy Cutcliffe from Minnesota writes…

"Our son Ross has been coming with us to Linda's concerts for the past 7 years since he was 6 years old! When we were at the Ordway Music Theatre a number of years ago, when Jake was just a baby, Linda brought Jake on stage near the end of the show and Ross said "Wow, how exciting, Mom. Linda named her baby boy Jake, my best friend's name!" A couple of years ago, Linda looked at Ross (we were in the front row of the pit) and said, "I look at you and I think of my son and miss him."

Ross is now 14 years old and he says, "In the beginning when I was 6 years old, I remember Linda looking at me in the first row and mentioning how nice it was that children would come and see her sing. Then after she had Jake (who just happens to have the same name as my best friend), Linda would look at me the next few years and say I reminded her that she missed her own little boy — I don't know if she recognizes me anymore, but we are still in the front row each year and I will continue to come hear her sing, because her voice is so beautiful. Especially, last year, on my 13th birthday, Linda was in concert here in Minneapolis and it was so special for me, my mom and dad and my godfather! I hope to be able to enjoy Linda's concerts for many more years to come!"

 


 

Young Eder-fan Jordan Van Horn and Linda meet for the first time in 2005.



Young Eder-fan Jordan Van Horn first saw Linda perform at the Ocean Grove Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, on July 23, 2005. At the show, Linda told the "quarter story" and fans flocked to the stage during "Havana" to make their donations. Jordan was so inspired by that moment, she sketched these pictures! Way to go, Jordan!

Art by 14-year-old young Eder-fan Jodan Van Horn

 

 


 

Young Eder-fan Ariana Richard with her mom and Linda.

Donna M. Richard from California writes…

My daughter, who is only 8 years old, is (along with me) a most devoted fan of Linda. The concert at the Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles was the first time she saw her perform in person. It was a night to remember, and even now, Ariana still talks about meeting her after the show and how beautiful she is.

 


 

 




Linda with her little ray of sunshine, Jake,
backstage at the Palace Theatre, December 2004.


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