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EDER-tors’ Note: On March 30, 2013, Linda appeared on stage in the small town of Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Thank you to Keith Andriotta for sharing your thoughts and impressions from the evening.

Sellersville

Keith Andriotta from New Jersey writes…

Linda and Fan Keith Andriotta

I think Spring has finally arrived in New Jersey. It was a beautiful sunny day, almost 60 degrees, and I was driving to Sellersville, Pennsylvania to see Linda Eder. The windows were down and I was listening to Linda on my stereo… loudly! Can it get any better than this? 

I arrived at the theater, which was tucked away in this very unassuming little town in PA. The first thing I noticed when I walked inside was that it was a very intimate setting. There were two rows of cabaret-type tables and chairs set up in the front of the auditorium and then usual seating behind that. The size of the theater meant that there wasn’t a bad seat in the house, and every one of those seats was taken. 

Linda took the stage and was as beautiful and radiant as ever. It was Linda, piano, bass, and guitar. She opened the show with “I Will Wait For You.” Her voice was crystal clear, and the acoustics of the theater let us hear every detail of every note. She followed that with a beautiful rendition of “Blue Skies.” When the music stopped, Linda admitted to us that she was nervous about performing on this evening. She explained that this show would be full of new songs, not newly written songs, but new for her show. 

She then took us on a musical journey of her life. The songs were a walk down memory lane for Linda, and she took us right along with her. The next song, “Through The Eyes Of Love” (“Theme From Ice Castles”), was a song that she performed on Star Search. When she performed that song for us in Sellersville, it was easy to see why she won the title with that performance.
  
Linda performed a beautiful rendition of “Stormy Weather,” which is a song that is not new to her shows. The next song, as Linda explained, was the song that started her singing. She remembered how her father, who owned a restaurant, would have bands play; and when one band in particular played, Linda would perform a song with them, “I’m Not Lisa.” Her next selection, from another early time on stage was “Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long.”

The next song that Linda performed was, for me, one of the highlights of the evening. She explained that the song was from the first musical that she ever saw, EVITA. She sang a beautiful rendition of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” I am getting chills just writing this, thinking about how beautiful her performance of this song was.

Linda explained how fond she is of country music. She admitted, to those who didn’t know, that she’s a tractor-driving farm girl. To honor her love of country, she performed stellar versions of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and “Walking After Midnight.” Linda performed many other songs including “Someone Like You,” which she admitted has become sort of her theme song, and “Waiting For The Fall,” which she wrote,

The venue in Sellersville (photo courtesy of Keith Andriotta)

As the end of the evening was approaching, Linda sang her usual encore song, “Over The Rainbow.” Linda explained that she usually saves this beautiful song for the end of her shows because she doesn’t like to sing anything after it. But on this night, she had a friend in the audience who requested a special song. Her friend was a fire fighter, and his son is a fire fighter and requested the song that was written for Linda right after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. We were honored to hear Linda end the evening with ”If I Had My Way.” To me, this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Having seen Linda perform several times in the past, this show was a little different for me… a little more intimate. Perhaps it was the venue; perhaps the walk down memory lane, but it almost felt like it was just Linda hanging out with some friends telling the story of her life through song. It was truly a wonderful experience and I was happy that I could take that journey with her. 



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