I will be able to say I saw Jimmy Webb sitting at a Steinway, on the Iridium stage, performing his songs. Words and Music that are embedded in the musical soul of our country, and will be played for generations to come.
One of the reasons I love going to cabaret is the anticipation of which of my emotional dials will the performer turn on, and to what level will they take me. Romance, excitement, melancholy, nervousness, restlessness, respectful envy, admiration, and a bunch of others. Then there is Reverence! That only happens when I’m in the presence of someone who I know has created melodies, harmonies, and words that will live forever. Jimmy Webb is in that category. To hear the composer sing and play his songs is always something special, and to hear the songs of Jimmy Webb performed by Jimmy Webb is a momentous experience. I hope it’s not too over the top to say, but for the non music lovers out there, I can only compare it to hearing Thomas Jefferson reading the Declaration of Independence, or Abraham Lincoln reading the Gettysburg Address. They actually wrote that stuff and they are performing it for me!
Jimmy sings them all, “Up, Up and Away,” “Wichita Lineman,” “MacArthur Park,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and more! And all the while, Jimmy, in a low key polite mid western personality casually tells you stories about his friends, Waylon (Jennings), Glen (Cambell), Richard (Harris), Art,(Garfunkel), Joe (Cocker), and more!