TO EVERY PERFORMER WHO HAS EVER STEPPED ON A STAGE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR
ARTISTRY AND DEDICATION TO YOUR CRAFT. TO ANYONE WHO HAS EVER BEEN IN THE AUDIENCE:
APPLAUSE TO YOU.
This is how Robin Spielberg dedicates her new album to the duo of a performer and the spectator. It is such an intimate relationship that has obligations but mutual respect. The spectator respects the art of a performer and tries to dedicate its undivided focus to the act, while the performer must respect a spectator’s time and try hard to make the performance worthwhile. I definitely will count myself among the ones who enjoy being in the audience and get lost in the imaginative world that the performers weave with their art, enjoying a host of emotions, and exposure to different situations and philosophies.
Robin is an artist who has mesmerized the audience with her music both in the live shows and also through her recordings. Her work needs no introduction. The pandemic has thrown life asunder and disturbed what we called ‘normal’, and this album is a chronicle of those good times that the artist spent at her favorite place: Broadway.
Album Name: Give My Regards to Broadway
Artist Name: Robin Spielberg
Total Time: 64:51
The album has twenty songs that are dedicated to various musicals played on Broadway, and which, in a way, inspired Robin during her childhood.
I had the privilege of writing about her previous album “Re-Inventions” where she had given her silken touch to a few of the classical pieces. In her new album, she has gone back to one of her continued inspirations and layered the songs with her creativity.
The very first note of “The Impossible Dream” would give you a glimpse of the depth that she will take you to when it comes to expressing emotions with a piano.
The melodic value and the lyricism of the songs are quite obvious just like you will feel swaying with “Maria”. The repetition of phrases reminded me of a song of the Indian film industry.
“I Don’t Know How to Love Him” is a very reflective piece and lets you sit back while you enjoy a bonfire or a cup of coffee.
The title song, “Give My Regards to Broadway” promises new dawn. Not very long, it opens up gently like a fresh flower as if whispering gratitude through silent mode. I really liked its pace and softness.
The smallest song on the album “I’d Do Anything” is full of passion and is pacy in its spirit. Makes you feel as if you are actually sitting in a live show watching the unfolding of an interesting plot!
“Far From the Home I love” is a beautiful rendition with the piano showing its fullest range. Liked the haunting tinge of separation it carries.
A few of the songs are taken from the same musical presentations, but the range of emotions and expressions is wide, and if you are a piano lover, you will be delighted to hear these songs to the fullest. If you are a fan of her work, the album will give you a glimpse of what moves her fingers when it comes to inspiration.
For a person like me who has never had the pleasure of attending a musical on Broadway, this album serves as a platter that offers a taste of everything–it has the variety, the poignancy, the feel of that art. I wonder how rich is the memory and connection of the artist with Broadway–dedicating a full album is no easy task. Even a foreigner like me could feel the warmth!
What I liked about the album is the essence of love that the songs carry–the admiration, the value that the artist holds in her art towards Broadway. You will feel the touch of that inspiration in every note. Very beautiful!
|The Impossible Dream
|I Don’t Know How to Love Him
|Give My Regards to Broadway
|I’d Do Anything
|Far from the Home I Love
|Where is Love
|They Say It’s Wonderful
|Ten Minutes Ago
|I Have Dreamed
|If I Loved You
|Can’t Help Lovin Dat Man
|If I Were a Bell
|My Best Girl