This SPECIAL EDITION OF THE VOICE is in celebration of the release of Linda Eder’s latest CD, IF YOU SEE ME. Congratulations, Linda, from the EDER-tors of THE VOICE! Wow! This is your 17th solo CD! Your recording and concert career shows no signs of slowing down, a fact that makes your fans very happy. It is a pleasure for us to present this SPECIAL EDITION about the fabulous songs you have chosen to record.
BILLY STEIN, Linda’s musical director and collaborator, reflects…
“Linda and I have an amazing musical friendship. It really shines through on this CD! I can’t wait for all to hear it!!!”
DAVID FINCK, Linda’s bass player, reflects…
“What a joy to be part of another Linda Eder recording. This project offers listeners a combination of familiar material and some originals. And Linda’s voice soars as always.”
KIM SCHARNBERG, Linda’s collaborator and orchestrator, reflects…
“It’s been a few years since Linda released her first Broadway CD and this one is a wonderful follow up! We’re still in the midst of recording as I write this, but listening to her vocals on these well known songs reminds me why she’s the finest vocalist I’ve ever worked with. I sure do appreciate being a part of this project!”
MUSIC: Jerry Herman
LYRICS: Michael Stewart
BROADWAY SHOW: HELLO DOLLY (1964)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Carol Channing
MUSIC: Andrew Lloyd Weber
LYRICS: Don Black, Christopher Hampton and Andrew Lloyd Weber
BROADWAY SHOW: Sunset Boulevard (1994)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Glenn Close
MUSIC: Jule Styne
LYRICS: Bob Merrill
BROADWAY SHOW: Funny Girl (1964)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Barbra Streisand
MUSIC : George Gershwin
LYRICS: Ira Gershwin
MUSIC: Richard Rogers
LYRICS: Oscar Hammerstein
BROADWAY SHOW: CARO– USEL (1945)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Christine Johnson and reprised by Jan Clayton
MUSIC: Burton Lane
LYRICS: Alan Jay Lerner
BROADWAY SHOW: ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (1965)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Barbara Harris
MUSIC: Harold Arlen
LYRICS: E.Y. Harburg
BROADWAY SHOW: HOORAY FOR WHAT! (1937)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Vivian Vance
MUSIC: Claude-Michel Schonberg
LYRICS: Alain Boublil
ENGLISH LIBRETTO: Herbert Kretzmer
BROADWAY SHOW: LES MISERABLES (1987)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Colm Wilkinson
MUSIC: Mark Shaiman
LYRICS: Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman
BROADWAY SHOW: WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2017)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Christian Borle
MUSIC: Stephen Sondheim
LYRICS: Stephen Sondheim
BROADWAY SHOW: FOLLIES (1971)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Dorothy Collins
MUSIC: Cy Coleman
LYRICS: Carolyn Leigh
MUSIC: George Gershwin
LYRICS: Ira Gershwin
BROADWAY SHOW: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (2015)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Leanne Cope
MUSIC: Jule Styne
LYRICS: Betty Comden and Adolph Green
BROADWAY SHOW: BELLS ARE RINGING (1956)
ORIGINALLY SUNG BY: Judy Holliday
MUSIC: Frank Wildhorn
LYRICS: Robin Lerner
MUSIC: Jake Wildhorn
LYRICS: Linda Eder
INTERESTING FACTS FROM JAKE’S MOM:
I was excited to collaborate on an original song with my talented son, Jake.
About a year and a half ago he wrote the chord changes and then never got around to writing a melody line or a lyric, but I was hooked on the catchy tune after hearing him play it so often on our piano at home. At the time, the chorus and verse were switched, but I convinced him that what I heard as the chorus was so infectious and had to be the chorus. He gave me the song to finish and it became the title track. It’s different from everything else on the CD, but I see it as a hybrid between a pop and big band song, so for me it fits. As for naming the CD after it, it was the only title that stuck with me.
I hope to write more songs with Jake in the future – that is until he becomes too famous and I have to book time with him through his agent… 🙂
Linda Eder fans, you are doubly blessed! In addition to the new CD, IF YOU SEE ME, Linda is releasing a DVD at the very same time. The title is THE OTHER SIDE. This special DVD has been compiled from personal moments at work and at home over a three year period and culminating with the making of her new CD. Here’s your chance to get a great idea of Linda’s life behind the scenes. What a wonderful gift for you, her loyal fans!
It’s been quite some time since we last sat down with you for an interview, but we thought this was a perfect time to do it. You’re getting ready to release your 17th solo CD as well as a DVD focusing on your life when you are away from the public eye both at work and at home. There is so much the fans will be interested in learning about these two projects as well as what else you’ve been up to since we last spoke.
VOICE: IF YOU SEE ME is your 17th solo album. How did you determine that 2018 was a perfect time for releasing this latest recording?
LINDA: I actually meant to release it in 2017, but everything just took longer and it was not always easy coordinating everyone’s schedules. I didn’t even realize that this was my 17th solo album until recently. So I guess it all worked out the way it was supposed to.
VOICE: Had you known for a while that your next project would be a combination of Broadway songs and Standards or were there other ideas you were considering as well?
LINDA: I have several concepts for different CDs that I would like to do at some point, but I felt it was the right time to make another Broadway/Standards CD and the fans seem to agree.
VOICE: You made such great use of social media by going on Facebook and asking your fans for suggestion of songs to record. Were you surprised by some of the songs that were chosen most often?
LINDA: Yes, there were some surprises. Mostly I was glad to be spared some of the effort of trying to think of what songs to record. There are so many! I also wanted to make sure that I was recording songs that people wanted to hear. Everyone’s taste is so different but there are a lot of common threads.
VOICE: Are there any songs you chose to record that were already in the back of your mind before you saw the fan suggestions?
LINDA: Yes, about half the songs are fan suggestions and the other half are songs I chose. I had been thinking about recording “Losing My Mind” for a long time because people have often asked me if I had a recorded version. That is really the song that kicked off this whole CD.
VOICE: What are the most important things you consider when choosing a song to record?
LINDA: I always want to make sure that I can bring something to the song. Standards and famous songs from Theatre have all been recorded over and over with so many wonderful versions that it can be a little daunting. So I look for what I can bring to it. I often find a way to tweak an arrangement just enough to maintain the integrity of the song’s history but also bring something new.
VOICE: How difficult was it to choose the final list of songs?
LINDA: I stared at the list for quite some time – months. Then ideas started to creep in even in my sleep sometimes. I sang through the songs on my own and started to get a sense of which ones worked for me, spoke to me and also the arrangement I wanted.
VOICE: Fans will be pleasantly surprised when they see that you have recorded a song written by your talented son, Jake, with lyrics by you. Can you tell us a little about the experience of working on this song with your son?
LINDA: Jake wrote this great melody on the piano and he would often play it around the house, but he never wrote a melody line or lyrics. From the moment I heard it, the lyrics for the chorus popped into my head. He ended up not recording it for himself so I asked him if I could take it. We never actually worked together on it. I took a demo that he had made of the music and cut it up using Garageband on my Mac. The reason I did that is because I wanted to flip what he had been calling the chorus to make that part the verse music and use his verse for the chorus. Then I sat down and sang a melody over it and worked out the rest of the lyrics. I kept the recording hidden from him until it was a finished mix because I wanted to make sure he liked it!
VOICE: You have included a song with music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics by Robin Lerner. What is it about this song that inspired you to include it on this latest recording?
LINDA: If it were up to Frank, every song on the CD would be one of his! He did not know that I was recording one of his because I kept it a secret so I could surprise him. I asked his assistant to send me some mp3s of some of Frank’s latest work and I chose the song from that. I thought it was a beautiful song with a really good message about anti bullying.
VOICE: Since you are releasing IF YOU SEE ME on your own record label, you are responsible for every aspect of the process. What is the most difficult part of the process for you?
LINDA: Leaving the farm to go into Manhattan to work!!! I love to be home, but it is fun to make records. I have such a good time with the guys and Billy is a joy to work with. We had a lot of laughs, a lot of long days and late nights in the studio, with never an argument or uncomfortable moment. Really the hardest part for me is you think the CD is close to finished, but there are so many small details that need to be done that take a lot of time.
VOICE: Is this the first time you have recorded in Billy’s new studio? Can you tell Linda’s fans a little about this studio and what it has to offer?
LINDA: Billy’s studio is called Strange Cranium and there are skulls everywhere. Big, small, ornate because everyone gives him skulls as gifts. There are also keyboards everywhere, up the walls, in every room. He not only plays them he collects them. It is a good studio to work in because the vocal booth actually has a window to the outside world unlike most vocal booths. It’s sound proofed and you can’t open it but you can see the sun. I have recorded music there but this is the first full CD.
VOICE: You are also releasing a DVD, THE OTHER SIDE, which is a look at your life behind the scenes at work and at home. Please tell us a little about this project and how it came about.
LINDA: Just driving to the grocery store one day… I recorded a little footage on my iphone, edited it when I got home, and then the idea was born. I had no idea how big the project would become and how long it would take me. I really show a very unglamorous, honest side of myself. I have to say I enjoyed the video editing. It’s endless hours of work but I do like it.
VOICE: You’ve been recording and have had some assistance recording over a three year period. That’s a lot of footage! Was it difficult for you to decide what to include?
LINDA: No. You get a sense for what works and what doesn’t. I got better at planning my video shoots. You have to film in public sometimes and that is weird but I tried to be discreet. As I accumulated more and more footage, I was able to edit out less interesting parts. Some people may find it boring at times, but others won’t be able to get enough of it.
Voice: What do you think your fans will be most surprised to learn about your life from watching the DVD?
Linda: That I do so much by myself. If they thought that I was kidding when I say I am a farm girl, now they know I wasn’t kidding.
Voice: Is there something that you actually learned about yourself from looking at the many hours of footage as you were editing them down to what fans will see on the DVD?
Linda: I learned that I should have done this 15 years ago! I am getting old and!! J I guess I have seen myself on film and video enough over the years not to be too surprised by anything anymore. I think I am funny. I like to make people laugh….
Voice: Did anyone object to being in your DVD?
Linda: No. Most people like to be filmed and often are hams. Billy is the biggest ham… well maybe 2nd to me!
VOICE: What do you think the fans will enjoy most about this DVD?
LINDA: Farmer Linda!!! That is my guess, but I know that it will be “to each his own,” so hopefully there is something in it for everyone.
VOICE: It must be so hard for you to believe that Jake has graduated from high school and is now in college. Please tell us a little about how Jake’s music career is starting to take off.
LINDA: Jake is just getting better and better every day. His writing is incredible. He just played a brand new song for Frank and me the other day and I was so proud I wanted to cry. He has recorded a full album’s worth of material and is rehearsing with his band to start live gigs. He is also getting great feedback from people in the industry.
VOICE: As long as we are on the subject of your life behind the scenes, let’s talk a little about your other interests. How many horses do you have now?
LINDA: I have 4 horses – two horses and two minis. I also board a friend’s horse so there are 5 in my barn.
VOICE: We’re sure your fans would be interested in knowing how Hobbit is doing since they probably remember when he was born?
Linda: Hobbit is now 2 years old and getting close to his mother’s size. He is adorable and so cuddly and friendly since he was handled so much since his birth. Now that he is two I have started to train him. I want to train him to drive. I have a little two wheel cart.
VOICE: You have been working so hard down at the barn making improvements. What kinds of things have you done?
LINDA: I doubled the size of my barn. I hired a carpenter for the big stuff but I have been doing a lot of the work myself. I enjoy that. I learned from watching and working with my Dad and my brother. They can build anything.
VOICE: And last but not least, how is Shadow?
LINDA: Shadow is now two years old as well and such a great dog. He is my “Shadow” literally. I can’t make a move without him – even to the bathroom!! He is everything I wanted in a German Shepherd. He also makes me laugh.
VOICE: Congratulations and best of luck with the new CD and DVD!