American Songbook at NJPAC Hosted by Michael Feinstein

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Maude Maggart

Maude Maggart, a chanteuse with a rich family history in show business, has exploded into one of today’s most compelling international concert artists. In her performance at NJPAC, the dazzling Maggart performs American Songbook classics from classic composers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, as well as more contemporary music by Joan Baez and Judy Collins.

AIRED: February 05, 2014 | 0:55:51
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>>> COMING UP ON "AMERICAN

SONGBOOK AT NJPAC" --

♪ IN YOUR EYES ♪

>> THE MESMERIZING MAUDE MAGGART

THAT DELIGHTED US WITH GREAT

SONGS.

FIND OUT WHY THIS GIFTED YOUNG

DIVA IS THE HOTTEST TICKET IN

CABARET.

♪ LOVE LOVE LOOK TO THE

RAINBOW ♪

>> EACH SONG IS LIKE A LITTLE

PLAY, BECAUSE YOU CAN GO ALL

SORTS OF WAYS AND YOUR

INTERPRETATIONS.

>> JOIN US FOR A DAZZLING

PERFORMANCE UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

>> FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS

BEEN PROVIDED BY THE BLANCHE AND

IRVING LAURIE FOUNDATION AND THE

SYLVIA AND DAVID STEINER

CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.

AND NOW, FROM THE NEW JERSEY

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN NEWARK

IN THE VICTORIA THEATER, HERE'S

YOUR HOST, TED CHAPIN.

[ APPLAUSE ]

>>> THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

WELCOME TO THE "AMERICAN

SONGBOOK AT NJPAC."

WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE

EXTRAORDINARY ART FORM THAT IS

THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK THROUGH

EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES AND

ALSO WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY

TO TALK WITH THE ARTISTS

AFTERWARDS.

SO PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING

MAUDE MAGGERT.

♪♪

♪ PLEASE HANG A MOON UP AND TUNE

UP THE CELLO FOR HERE COME THE

DREAMERS ♪

♪ TELL ALL THE FELLAS DO GARNISH

THEIR TRUMPETS SHOT BUTTER THEIR

CRUMMETSOUT WELCOME THE DREAMERS

WITH ALL OF OUR MIGHT

♪ HERE COME A FEW OF THE

BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS ♪

♪ HERE COMES A CLOWN IN A MOTLEY

OF YELLOW MADE FROM A GOWN OF

DELORES COSTELLO ♪

♪ GIDDY GAUDY AND BRIGHT ♪

♪ HERE COME THE DREAMERS TO

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT ♪

♪ MAYBE THEY'LL ARRIVE ♪

♪♪

OR THE GOAT OF A PAINTED STEAM

BOAT DREAM BOAT ♪

♪ WHAT DOES IT MATTER WHO

SCATTER THE CONFETTI ♪

♪ AND STRING UP THE STREAMERS ♪

♪ COVER THE TABLE WITH

STRAWBERRY SATIN ♪

♪ PUT OUT THE PLATINUM SUGAR AND

CREAMERS ♪

♪ TELL EVERY SORROW TO SLIP OUT

OF SIGHT ♪

♪ HERE COME THE DREAMERS TO PUT

THEM TO FIGHT ♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

♪ THIS SONG IS SINKING LOW

BEHIND THE HILLS ♪

♪ I LOVED YOU LONG AGO ♪

♪ ACROSS THE YEARS YOU COME TO

ME AT TWILIGHT ♪

♪ TO BRING MY LOVE OLD THRILL ♪

OVER SLEEPY GARDEN WALKS ♪

♪ AND THE SUN BEGINS TO FLICKER

IN THE NIGHT ♪

♪ THROUGH THE MIDST OF A

MEMORY ♪

♪ YOU WANDER BACK TO ME ♪

♪ BREATHING MY NAME ♪

♪ IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT ♪

♪ ONCE AGAIN I HOLD YOU TIGHT ♪

♪ SO BEFORE THE LIGHT ♪

♪ AS LONG AS MY HEART SHALL BE

LOVER WILL ALWAYS MEET ♪

♪ HERE IN MY DEEP PURPLE DREAM ♪

♪♪

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT ♪

♪ ONCE AGAIN I HOLD YOU TIGHT ♪

♪ THOUGH YOU'RE GONE YOUR LOVE

LIVES ON ♪

♪ WHEN MOONLIGHT BEAMS ♪

♪ AND AS LONG AS MY HEART WILL

BEAT ♪

♪ LOVER WE'LL ALWAYS MEET ♪

♪ HERE IN MY DEEP PURPLE

DREAMS ♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, EVERYBODY.

THIS IS MY MUSICAL DIRECTOR,

JOHN BOSWELL.

[ APPLAUSE ]

SO I KNOW THE FIRST SONG, MAYBE

A LOT OF YOU HAVE HEARD THE

SECOND SONG "DEEP PURPLE" THE

MITCHELL PARISH AND PETER

DEROSE, ALWAYS SOUNDS LIKE SKY

LARGE OR STARDUST MORE TO ME.

MITCHELL PARISH IS THE SAME

LYRICIST.

THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS,

DEEP PURPLE.

THE FIRST ONE IS CALLED "HERE

COME THE DREAMERS" THAT WAS

WRITTEN BY MARSHAL BARER, HE

WROTE THE LEER WICKS, AND HUGH

MARTIN WROTE THE MUSIC TO "HERE

COME THE DREAMERS."

THOSE ARE THE SONGS I WANTED TO

START WITH.

HE'S ONE THIS IS A SET OF SONGS

BY IRVING BERLIN, THESE ARE VERY

EARLY IRVING BERLIN SONGS.

I'M FASCINATED BY IRVING

BERLIN'S EARLY LIFE.

AND THIS IS A SET OF TWO SONGS

FROM THE MUSIC BOX REVIEWS OF

1923 AND '21.

THE SECOND SONG WAS WRITTEN IN

1909.

HERE WE START WITH THE MUSIC BOX

REVIEWS.

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[ APPLAUSE ]

>> THIS WAS ORIGINALLY A

VAUDEVILLIAN SONG FROM 1909.

I FOUND THIS AND I KNOW IT WAS

SUPPOSED TO BE A HUMOROUS SONG.

I THOUGHT THAT -- I LIKED IT

MUCH BETTER AS A LOVE SONG TO A

JEWISH WOMAN.

YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT'S KIND OF A

FUNNY SONG, BUT I THINK IT'S

MUCH SWEETER THAN FUNNY.

♪ MISS MINNIE ROSENSTEIN ♪

♪ HAD SUCH A VOICE OF FINE ♪

♪ JUST LIKE TETRAZZINI ♪

♪ ANY TIME THAT MINNIE SANG A

SONG ♪

♪ YOU'D THINK OF REAL ESTATE

SEVEN BLOCKS LONG ♪

♪ SOME SONG ♪

♪ YOUNG MISTER ABIE COHN USED TO

CALL TO HER HOME ♪

♪ JUST TO HEAR HER SINGING ♪

♪ PRESENTS HE WAS BRINGING ♪

♪ FULL OF BLISS ♪

♪ ONE NIGHT YOUNG ABI PROPOSED

TO THE MISS ♪

♪ LIKE THIS ♪

♪ YIDDISHA NIGHTINGALE SING ME A

SONG ♪

♪ YOUR VOICE HAS GOT SUCH

SWEETNESS THAT IT MAKES ME

STRONG ♪

♪ YIDDISHA NIGHTINGALE SING ME A

SONG ♪

♪ I PROMISE THAT I'LL TAKE YOU

ON A LONG HONEYMOON ♪

♪ I'D GIVE A DOLLAR TO HEAR YOU

MY QUEEN ♪

♪ I WOULDN'T GIVE A NICKEL TO

HEAR TETRAZZINI ♪

♪ JUST TO HEAR YOUR CULTIVATED

GOOD AND STRONG ♪

♪ I'D SERVE A YEAR IN JAIL ♪

♪ YIDDISHA NIGHTINGALE ♪

♪ WON'T YOU SING ME A SONG ♪

♪ THEN SAID YOUNG ABIE COHN I'M

GOING TO BUY A HOME ♪

♪ ONE THAT'S MADE OF MARBLE ♪

♪ DEAR WHERE YOU CAN WARBLE HARM

MY ♪

♪ AND I DON'T CARE FOR EXPENSES

YOU SEE ♪

♪ THAT'S ME ♪

♪ I'LL GO AND LEARN TO PLAY ON

THE PIANO SAY ♪

♪ YOU'LL SING WHILE I'M

PLAYING ♪

♪ PEOPLE WILL BE SAYING ♪

♪ AS THEY PASS AND THEY LOOK IN

THROUGH THE WINDOW PANE GLASS ♪

♪ SOME CLASS ♪

♪ YIDDISHA NIGHTINGALE ♪

♪ SING ME A SONG ♪

♪ YOUR VOICE HAS GOT SUCH

SWEETNESS THAT IT MAKES ME

STRONG ♪

♪ YIDDISHA NIGHTINGALE ♪

♪ SING ME A SONG I PROMISE THAT

I'LL TAKE YOU ON A LONG

HONEYMOON ♪

♪ I'D GIVE A DOLLAR TO HEAR YOU

MY QUEEN ♪

♪ I WOULDN'T GIVE A NICKEL TO

HEAR TETRAZZINI ♪

♪ JUST TO HEAR YOUR CULTIVATED

VOICE GOOD AND STRONG ♪

♪ I'D SERVE A YEAR IN JAIL ♪

♪ YIDDISHA NIGHTINGALE ♪

♪ WON'T YOU SING ME A SONG ♪♪

>> THANK YOU.

>> JOIN ME IN WELCOMING MAUDE

MAGGART.

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, TED.

>> YOU COME FROM EXTRAORDINARY

LINEAGE.

IT GOES BACK TO YOUR

GRANDPARENTS, I BELIEVE.

>> MY GRANDFATHER WAS A REED MAN

WITH THE HARRY JAMES ORCHESTRA IN

THE LATE '30s, EARLY '40s,

BRIEFLY THEIR LEAD MALE

VOCALIST.

AND MY GRANDMOTHER STARTED OUT

AT AGE 15 AS A DANCER IN THE

GEORGE WHITE SCANDALS ON

BROADWAY, THEN BECAME THE GIRL

SINGER FOR THE JOHNNY HAMP BAND,

WHICH IS WHERE SHE MET MY

GRANDFATHER.

>> THEN YOUR PARENTS MET DOING

"APPLAUSE" WHICH ALWAYS SEEMS TO

ME KIND OF ODD.

"APPLAUSE" IS NOT A MUSICAL THAT

YOU WOULD THINK OF THAT WOULD

LEAD TO THIS KIND OF DEPTH OF

PERFORMANCE.

SORRY.

NO, BUT THAT IS --

>> RIGHT.

WELL, YOU KNOW, THE UNION ITSELF

DIDN'T LEAD TO MUCH ELSE.

IT ENDED AFTER A SHORT TIME.

YEAH.

MY FATHER PLAYED BUZZ, THE

PLAYWRITE, MY MOM WAS THE

ORIGINAL EVE HERRINGTON, BEFORE

PENNY.

SO THEY KIND OF FELL IN LOVE.

WHEN SHE WAS REPLACED BY PENNY

BEFORE THEY CAME TO BROADWAY.

THAT'S HOW THEY MET.

>> WITH ALL OF THAT, WHAT WAS

THE MUSIC AROUND THE HOUSE?

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING?

>> OH, YEAH.

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING.

I KNEW THE SCORE TO "THE SOUTH

PACIFIC" WHEN I WAS VERY LITTLE,

BECAUSE MY FATHER WAS IN THE

SHOW.

PLAYED WITH LUTHER BILLIS.

RIGHT.

YEAH.

HE DID THAT.

YEAH.

THE MUSIC AROUND THE HOUSE

WAS -- HONESTLY, BOTH MY PARENTS

LOVED BARBRA STREISAND.

IT WAS A LOT OF THAT.

YOU KNOW, I -- I GREW UP SINGING

THOSE SONGS.

THEN --

>> BUT YOU BRING AN ACTING

TRUTHFULNESS TO THESE SONGS THAT

IS PRETTY EXTRAORDINARY.

IT'S LIKE WEAVING A SPELL.

BACK AT THE MONITORS WE WERE ALL

TOTALLY CAPTIVATED.

WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?

ACTING?

DID YOU WANTED TO BE AN ACTOR?

>> NO, NOT AT ALL.

MY PARENTS WERE ACTORS.

I DIDN'T WANT TO DO THAT.

WELL, I THINK THAT THERE IS --

LIKE MY MENTOR SAYS, EACH SONG

IS LIKE A LITTLE PLAY.

AND WHEN YOU GET THOSE WONDERFUL

NUGGETS OF, YOU KNOW, THE BEST

SONGS THAT YOU AND I LOVE, SONGS

FROM "THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK,"

THEY ARE, THEY ARE LIKE LITTLE

PLAYS.

SO MUCH TO DIG IN AS A SINGER.

YOU CAN GO ALL SORTS OF WAYS IN

YOUR INTERPRETATION.

>> BUT IT SORT OF TAKES AN

ACTING SINGER TO DO YIDDISH

NIGHTINGALE TO DO A SONG WHICH

IS NOT A JOKE, AS YOU SAY.

>> I ONLY SAW THE LYRICS IN BOB

GIMBEL'S BOOK, IN THE COMPLETE

LYRICS.

I THOUGHT THESE ARE GREAT

LYRICS.

I NEVER HEARD A RECORDING OR

ANYTHING.

I JUST -- SAW WHAT IT SOUNDED

LIKE, THE SHEET MUSIC.

I THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE

IT SOUND LIKE THIS.

LIKE WHEN PEOPLE ARE TEACHING

THEMSELVES HOW TO PLAY THE

PIANO.

THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT A SONG

SOUNDS LIKE, SO YOU HEAR ALL

THESE DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF, YOU

KNOW, "OVER THE RAINBOW" OR

SOMETHING.

SOMEBODY MIGHT LOOK AT THE SHEET

MUSIC AND PLAY IT IN A

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WAY FROM

WHAT IT'S TRADITIONALLY HEARD

AS.

>> IT'S NOT EASY TO DO.

YOU DO IT EXTREMELY WELL.

YOU SAID ANDREW MARKAVICHI IS A

MENTOR OF YOURS?

>> YEAH, THEY WERE BOTH FRIENDS

OF MARSHALL BARRETT.

I OWE A LOT TO MARSHALL BARRETT.

YES, ANDREW WAS A MENTOR OF

MINE.

♪♪

♪ AS YOU SAIL AWAY ON YOUR

HOLIDAY ♪

♪ TAKE A LAST LITTLE LOOK AT

ME ♪

♪ I'M AN INNOCENT PUBLIC

MONUMENT CALLED THE STATUE OF

LIBERTY ♪

♪ AND I'M A SLAVE IN THE HOME OF

THE BRAVE AND THE LAND OF THE

FREE ♪

♪ ONCE MY COUNTRY FRANK HAD A

YANK ROMANCE SO THEY GAVE ME TO

UNCLE SAM ♪

♪ BUT HE TREATS ME SO I NO

LONGER KNOW WHAT I'M MEANT FOR

OR WHO I AM ♪

♪ HE'S MADE A MESS OF MY CHANCE

OF SUCCESS AND I'M NOT WORTH A

DAMN ♪

♪ I GOT THOSE LOST LIBERTY

BLUES ♪

♪ THOSE LOST LIBERTY BLUES WITH

A PAIR OF HANDCUFFS ON MY WRIST

AND PADLOCKS ON MY SHOES ♪

♪ CAN YOU EXPECT ME TO BE GAY ♪

♪ OR ASK ME TO ENTHUSE ♪

♪ WHILE PERFORMERS LEAD THEM

FROM A BATTLE CREW OF FREEDOM

IT'S THE LOST LIBERTY BLUES ♪♪

>> WELL, COLT PORTER WROTE A

SHOW CALLED "THE NEW YORKERS" IT

PREMIERED IN 1931 THIS SONG WAS

ONE OF THE SONGS THAT WAS

PREMIERED IN THE SHOW.

WHICH IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES.

IT'S KIND OF ANOTHER

INTERPRETATION I HAVE.

KIND OF LIKE "YIDDISH

NIGHTINGALE" I SAW THIS AS A

SADDER SONG.

YOU CAN TELL WHAT I THINK ABOUT

THE DIRECTION I GO IN.

♪ WHEN THE ONLY SOUND IN THE

EMPTY STREET IS THE HEAVY TREAD

OF THE HEAVY FEET ♪

♪ THAT BELONG TO A LONESOME

COP ♪

♪ I HOPE SHOP ♪

♪ WHEN THE MOON SO LONG HAS BEEN

GAZING DOWN ON THE WAYWARD WAYS

OF THIS WAYWARD TOWN ♪

♪ THAT HURT BECOMES A SOUTH

AMERICA ♪

♪ I GO TO WORK ♪

♪ LOVE FOR SALE ♪

♪ APPETIZING YOUNG LOVE FOR

SALE ♪

♪ LOVE THAT'S FRESH AND STILL

UNSPOILED ♪

♪ LOVE THAT'S ONLY SLIGHTLY

SOILED ♪

♪ LOVE FOR SALE ♪

♪ WHO WILL BUY ♪

♪ WHO WOULD LIKE TO SAMPLE MY

SUPPLY ♪

♪ WHO'S PREPARED TO PAY THE

PRICE FOR A TRIP TO PARADISE ♪

♪ LOVE FOR SALE ♪

♪ LET THE POETS PIPE OF LOVE ♪

♪ IN THEIR CHILDISH WAYS ♪

♪ I KNOW EVERY TYPE OF LOVE ♪

♪ BETTER FAR THAN THEY ♪

♪ IF YOU WANT THE THRILL OF

LOVE ♪

♪ I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE MILL

OF LOVE ♪

♪ OLD LOVE ♪

♪ NEW LOVE ♪

♪ EVERY LOVE BUT TRUE LOVE ♪

♪ LOVE FOR SALE ♪

♪ APPETIING YOUNG LOVE FOR

SALE ♪

♪ IF YOU WANT TO BUY MY WARES ♪

♪ FOLLOW ME AND CLIMB THE

STAIRS ♪

♪ LOVE FOR SALE ♪

♪ LOVE FOR SALE ♪♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

♪♪

♪ THERE HE STOOD IN MY DOORWAY

SO BOLDLY ♪

♪ HE WHISPERED A PLEASURE I

ADMIT ♪

♪ THOUGH AT FIRST I REFUSED VERY

COLDLY ♪

♪ HOW LONG CAN A LADY RESIST ♪

HOW LONG CAN A LADY RESIST ♪

♪ HOW LONG CAN A LADY RESIST ♪

♪ I SAID NO ♪

♪ HE SAID PLEASE ♪

♪ I SAID NO ♪

♪ HE SAID PLEASE ♪

♪ I SAID NO ♪

♪ HE SAID PLEASE PRETTY BABY ♪

♪ I SAID NO ♪

♪ HE SAID WHY ♪

♪ I SAID NO ♪

♪ HE SAID WHY ♪

♪ I SAID NO ♪

♪ HE SAID TRY ♪

♪ I SAID MAYBE ♪

♪ HE SAID NOW ♪

♪ I SAID WELL ♪

♪ HE SAID AH THIS IS SWELL ♪

♪ AND YOU'LL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH

IT WILL MEAN ♪

♪ SO AT LAST I CONFESS ♪

♪ I SAID YES YES YES YES ♪

♪ YES ♪

THAT'S HOW I SUBSCRIBED TO

LIBERTY MAGAZINE ♪♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> THAT WAS FRANK LESTER AND

JULIE STEIN.

HERE COMES ANOTHER -- ANOTHER

SONGWRITING TEAM THAT I JUST

REALLY LOVE, ONE OF MY FAVORITES

IS JEROME KERR AND OSCAR

HAMMERSTEIN.

AND THIS IS ONE SONG FROM 1914,

ANOTHER VERY EARLY SONG.

IT'S FROM THE GIRL FROM UTAH.

AND THEN THE SECOND ONE I'M SURE

YOU'LL KNOW, IT'S NOT MUCH

LATER, FROM 1933.

♪♪

♪ AND WHEN I TOLD THEM HOW

BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE ♪

♪ THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME ♪

♪ THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME ♪

♪ YOUR LIPS YOUR EYES ♪

♪ YOUR CHEEKS YOUR HAIR ARE IN A

CLASS BEYOND REPAIR ♪

♪ YOU'RE THE LOVELIEST THING

THAT ANYONE COULD SEE ♪

♪ AND WHEN I TELL THEM AND I'M

CERTAINLY GOING TO TELL THEM ♪

♪ THAT I'M THE GIRL WHOSE BOY

ONE DAY YOU'LL BE ♪

♪ THEY'LL NEVER BE BELIEVE ME ♪

♪ THEY'LL NEVER BELIEVE ME ♪

♪ THAT FROM THIS CRAZY WORLD

YOU'VE CHOSEN ME ♪

♪♪

♪ THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME ♪

♪ THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME ♪

♪ THEY ASKED ME HOW I KNEW MY

TRUE LOVE WAS TRUE ♪

♪ AND I REPLIED SOMETHING HERE

INSIDE CANNOT BE DENIED ♪

♪ THEY SAID ONE DAY YOU'LL FIND

ALL WHO LOVE ARE BLIND ♪

♪ WHEN YOU'RE HEART'S ON FIRE ♪

♪ YOU MUST REALIZE ♪

♪ HOPE GETS IN YOUR EYES ♪

♪ SO I GAVE A LAUGH TO THINK

THEY COULD DOUBT MY LOVE ♪

♪ YET TODAY MY LOVE HAS GONE

AWAY ♪

♪ I'M WITHOUT ♪

MY LOVE ♪

NOW LAUGHING FRIENDS ARRIVE ♪

♪ HERE I CANNOT HIDE ♪

NOW I SMILE AND SAY ♪

♪ WHEN A LOVELY FLAME DIES ♪

♪ SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES ♪♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> YOU HAVE FOUND GEMS IN THE

GREAT CATALOGS.

I'M SURE THERE ARE MORE GEMS TO

BE FOUND.

ARE THERE OTHER PLACES YOU THINK

YOU MIGHT WANT TO GO?

>> NO, EVERYWHERE.

I'M A MUSIC LOVER, SO, I MEAN,

YEAH.

SURE, I'D LIKE TO LEARN

TRADITIONAL SONGS FROM OTHER

COUNTRIES, SEE WHAT THEIR

TRADITIONS ARE LIKE.

BUT, YEAH.

THERE'S SO MUCH THAT I DON'T

KNOW ABOUT THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK

STILL.

SO I'M REALLY FASCINATED BY

THAT.

>> AND WHAT GUIDES YOU IN THE

CHOICES?

IS IT JUST INSTINCT OR DO YOU

FEEL I WANT TO TELL THIS STORY

THAT GOES HERE OR IS IT JUST

THAT'S A BATTLE, LET ME FOLLOW

IT WITH A FUNNY SONG?

>> IT'S THINGS LIKE THAT, SURE.

I HAVE TO RESPECT YOU AND

ENTERTAIN YOU.

I MIGHT THINK SOMETHING IS

INTERESTING, BUT MAYBE, YOU

KNOW, YOU WON'T.

SO -- THAT MOSTLY DEPENDS ON HOW

I DO IT MYSELF, TOO.

HOW I PERFORM IT.

YEAH, SURE.

WELL, I LIKE TO MIX-UP DIFFERENT

SONGWRITERS, REALLY MAKE A FLOW,

AS YOU SAID, IN TERMS OF HERE'S

THE BALLAD, HERE'S SOMETHING --

WELL, TAKING THE AUDIENCE ON A

JOURNEY BUT TAKING CARE OF THEM

AT THE SAME TIME.

LIKE OPENING UP EMOTION SO THAT

YOU FEEL VULNERABLE BUT I'LL

TAKE CARE OF YOU, I WON'T LET

YOU FALL TOO FAR DOWN OR GET

LOST IN SOMETHING FRIVOLOUS FOR

TOO LONG TO KEEP -- TO BE MASTER

OF THE SHIP THAT WAY.

I KNOW THAT SOUNDS NOT VERY

CLEAR --

>> NO, IT IS CLEAR.

DO YOU FIND THAT THERE ARE SONGS

THAT YOU WILL TAKE OUT AFTER YOU

HAVE DONE -- I ASSUME THAT WHEN

YOU DO A SET, THERE'S AN IDEA,

THEN YOU WANT TO PERFECT IT

SOMETIMES YOU DO A SHORTER

VERSION, SOMETIMES LONGER

VERSION.

DO YOU FIND AUDIENCES ARE

HELPFUL IN TEACHING YOU WHAT

WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

>> YEAH.

YES.

ABSOLUTELY.

THAT GOES IN WITH I HAVE TO

RESPECT THE AUDIENCE.

I MIGHT THINK IT'S GOOD BUT IT

DOESN'T REALLY WORK.

>> YEAH.

♪♪

♪ I ASKED A YOUNG MAN WHAT IS

LOVE ♪

♪ THE YOUNG MAN SAID TO ME ♪

♪ LOVE IS A RHAPSODY ♪

♪ I ASKED AN OLD MAN WHAT IS

LOVE ♪

♪ AND THIS WAS HIS REPLY LOVE IS

A LULLABY ♪

♪ I ASKED A WISE MAN ♪

♪ ALL HE WOULD TELL ME IS GO TO

BED AND FORGET YOUR FEARS ♪

♪ I EVEN ASKED A FOOL ONE DAY ♪

♪ BUT THE FOOL BURST INTO

TEARS ♪

♪ WITHOUT A WORD THE FOOL BURST

INTO TEARS ♪

♪♪

I'VE ASKED THEM ALL AND NOW I

AGREE ON WHAT LOVE IS ♪

♪ BUT FROM WHAT I'VE SEEN IT

SEEMS TO ME ♪

♪ THAT THE FOOL WAS CLOSER TO

THE TRUTH ♪♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

>>> THAT'S MARSHALL BEARER, THAT

IS MAYBE HIS LOVELIEST SONG HE

WROTE.

HE WROTE "WHAT IS LOVE" WITH

DAVID ROSS.

THERE WAS ANOTHER MARY THAT

MARSHALL LIKED TO WRITE CAN.

GOOD SONGWRITING PARTNER, THAT

WAS MARY JANE.

HE LIKED TO WRITE WITH MARY

JANE.

HE MAY HAVE WRITTEN THIS ONE

WITH THE HELP OF THAT SWEET

GIRL.

THIS IS LYRICS BASED ON THE

STORY OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

AND MARSHALL'S SONGWRITING

COLLABORATOR IN THIS CASE, SO

MARSHALL WROTE LYRICS ABOUT THE

STORY OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND TO

THE FLUTE SOLO.

THEY MADE THIS LITTLE GEM.

♪♪

♪ I'M ALL ALONE IN A PLACE I

HAVE NEVER BEEN ♪

♪ I SEE A DOOR TO A GARDEN AND

WANDER IN ♪

♪ AND THOUGH MY JOURNEY HAS

BARELY BEGUN ♪

♪ I'M STUNNED TO THE TOP OF THE

TOP OF THE UNIVERSE ♪

♪ HIGH IN A SPIRAL OF ICE ♪

♪ THE SEA FLICKERS FAR BELOW

ME ♪

♪ WHAT I SEE IS A CRINKLE OF

COLORS AND SOUND ♪

♪ COLORS AND SOUND ♪

♪ I CAN SEE SPARKLES OF MIST ON

THE SPANGLES ♪

♪ I CAN SEE TINGLES OF TANGLES

AND INKLINGS OF ANGELS AROUND ♪

♪ A RABBIT CROSSES MY PATH

UNEXPECT THELY ♪

♪ I HEAR A SIGH OF DESPAIR AS HE

PASSES ME ♪

♪ I HAVE A FEELING THAT RABBIT

IS LATE FOR WHEREVER HE GOES

WHEREVER HE IS HEADED FOR ♪

♪ MY DESTINATION WILL SHOW ME

THE WAY ♪

♪ TO STAY HERE IN THIS WORLD ♪

♪ BECAUSE HERE IS WHERE THE

RIGHT THINGS HAPPEN ♪

♪ OH BABY HERE IS WHERE THE GOOD

THINGS ARE ♪

♪ LOOKING AT THIS ENORMOUS

BUTTERFLY ♪

♪ WONDERING IF HE WOULD CARE TO

DANCE WITH ME ♪

♪ DELICATE AS A FLOWER CARVED

UP ♪

♪ ODDLY I PONDER HOW FAR HAVE I

YET TO FIND ♪

♪ I GOT TO FIND IT AND ACT AS IF

I LOST IT ♪

♪ OTHERWISE I'M LOST IN

WONDERLAND ♪

♪ I GOT TO FIND IT OR ELSE I'M

BOUND TO THE EMPTY GROUND BLEAK

AND VAST ♪

♪ WHERE DARK SPELLS ARE CAST ♪

♪ FLOWING ABOVE ME AND FEELING

BELOW ME WITH TOWERS ♪

♪ WHAT I FOUND I COULD NEVER

REVEAL TO YOU ♪

♪ NOT WITH MY VOICE OR THE PITCH

OF MY FLUTE ♪

♪ YOU'LL SIMPLY HAVE TO COME

WALKING WITH ME ♪

♪ ONE DAY INTO THE WONDERLAND

SHINING BEHIND YOUR EYES ♪

♪ BEYOND THE BLOSSOMING DOORS OF

SLEEP ♪

♪ JUST SLEEP ♪

♪ GO TO SLEEP ♪

♪♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

♪♪

♪ MY FATHER ALWAYS PROMISED US ♪

♪ THAT WE WOULD LIVE IN FRANCE ♪

♪ WE'D GO BOATING AND I'D LEARN

TO DANCE ♪

♪ WE LIVED IN OHIO THEN ♪

♪ HE WORKED IN THE MINE ♪

♪ ALL HIS DREAMS LIKE BOATS WE

KNEW WE WOULD SAIL IN TIME ♪

♪♪

♪ ALL MY SISTERS SOON WERE GONE

TO DENVER AND CHEYENNE ♪

♪ MARRYING THEIR GROWNUP

DREAMS ♪

♪ THE LILACS AND THE MAN ♪

♪ I STAYED BEHIND THE YOUNGEST

STILL ♪

♪ ONLY DANCED ALONE ♪

♪ THE COLORS OF MY FATHER'S

DREAMS ♪

♪ FADED WITHOUT A SOUND ♪

♪♪

♪ SPEAKING OF DREAMS ♪

♪ HERE WE ARE IN THE GLISTENING

IN STREETS OF PARIS ♪

♪ PLAYING JIMCY KINGS ♪

♪ AFTER THE RAIN AND TAKING IT

IN ♪

♪ WITH A TEENAGE GIRL WHO SAID

THIS WOULD BE HER BEST DREAM ♪

♪ AND SPEAKING OF DREAMS I

REALLY MUST SAY I COULDN'T HAVE

DREAMED YOU UP ♪

♪ NOT THE WAY YOU BURST INTO MY

LIFE RATTLED MY CAGE AND WOKE MY

SLEEPING DEMONS UP ♪

♪ I WAS NOT YET BORN ♪

♪ WHEN YOUR CAREER BEGAN IN

'59 ♪

♪ SO WE'RE A SIGN OF THE TIMES

BUT WHO CARES IF I AM A BREATH

OF SPRING AND YOU ARE THE

INTERTWINED ♪

♪ WE COME FROM TWO DIFFERENT

WORLDS LIKE EVERY OTHER COUPLE

ON THE RIVER ♪

♪ YOU SPENT YOUR YEARS IN THE

RAINFOREST ♪

♪ THE DISTANT CAMEROON ♪

♪ YOUR FATHER WAS A NAVY CAPTAIN

I'M THE QUEEN OF OURS ♪

♪ AND THE DAWN OF THE MOON ♪

♪ SPEAKING OF DREAMS ♪

♪ HE TOOK ME TO SEE THE

PAINTINGS OF PAUL GOEGAN ♪

♪ SPEAKING OF DREAMS ♪

♪ WASTED IN WATERFALLS ♪

♪ FLAMING TREES ♪

♪ GOLDEN PONDS ♪

♪ AND SHINING PARISIAN LADIES ♪

♪♪

♪ BUT IT WAS YOU NOT PAUL

GOGAN ♪

♪ WHO STOPPED MY HEART AND

STARTED MY LIFE OVER AGAIN ♪

♪ AND IF YOU FEEL AS I DO ♪

♪ WE ERASED THE LINES BETWEEN

REALITY AND ALL OUR PAINTED

DREAMS ♪

♪ TAKE ME DOWN WHERE THE GYPSIES

SING ♪

♪ SONGS THEIR MOTHERS KNEW ♪

♪ TIE BRIGHT RIBBONS IN MY

HAIR ♪

♪ LEAN ON THE WIND AND WATCH ME

WHILE I DANCE FOR YOU ♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪ MY FATHER ALWAYS PROMISED US ♪

♪ THAT WE WOULD LIVE IN FRANCE ♪

♪ WE'D GO BOATING ON THE SEINE ♪

♪ AND I WOULD LEARN TO DANCE ♪

♪ I SAIL MY MEMORIES OF HOME ♪

♪ LIKE BOATS ACROSS THE SEINE ♪

♪ AND WATCH THE PARIS SUN ♪

♪ SET IN MY FATHER'S EYES

AGAIN ♪♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> I FEEL AS I'VE BEEN PANNING

FOR GOLD IN UNLIKELY PLACES,

SUCH EXTRAORDINARY NUGGETS OF

BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN SONGS.

HOW DID YOU EVER FIND THAT

EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTION OF

SONGS TO DO SO BEAUTIFULLY?

>> WELL, MARSHALL BEARER,

BECAUSE A BIG CHUNK OF WHAT I

DID WAS IT HIS TUNES, HE WAS A

FRIEND OF MY FATHER'S.

SO I KNEW HIM PERSONALLY GROWING

UP.

SO I DID HAVE A LOT OF ACCESS TO

HIS, YOU KNOW, SORT OF TRUNK

SONGS.

THE LESSER KNOWN MATERIAL, AND

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN WAS A MENTOR

OF MINE.

OF COURSE HE HAS THE MARSHAL

BARRETT CATALOGS.

MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER

WERE BOTH PART OF THE BIG PANNED

ERA ARE HARRY JAMES ORCHESTRA.

THAT'S WHERE THE BIG BAND SONGS

COME FROM.

THEN MY MOM GAVE ME HER JUDY

COLLINS AND JOAN BAEZ RECORDS.

>> A BIT OF EVERYTHING.

>> MARSHAL BARRETT HE IS THE MAN

WHO WROTE ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

ALAS ALACK -- LOOK AT IT, IT'S

AN EXTRAORDINARY LYRIC.

HE WAS --

>> MARSHALL WOULD BE THE FIRST

TO TELL YOU THAT.

>> I'M SURE.

HE COVERED HIS AUTOMOBILES WITH

DENIM.

HE WAS A LITTLE ECCENTRIC.

>> I RODE IN THAT CAR WITH HIM.

IT WAS THE SCARIEST EXPERIENCE

OF MY LIFE.

GO BACK TO THE LINEAGE.

YOU ALSO HAVE IN YOUR FAMILY A

SISTER WHO IS A SINGER?

>> YES.

>> FIONA APPLE.

>> YES.

>> ARE YOU COMPETITIVE OR --

>> NO, WE'RE SUPPORTIVE WHAT WE

DO IS VERY DIFFERENT.

I THINK SHE'S JUST THE GREATEST.

I THINK SHE'S REALLY A FANTASTIC

SONGWRITER.

SHE IS.

YEAH.

NO, WE'RE VERY SUPPORTIVE.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE CLOSE.

WE GREW UP TOGETHER IN THE SAME

APARTMENT.

ACTUALLY, FIONA IS THE ONE I WAS

THINKING OF WHEN I SAID SOME

PEOPLE TEACH THEMSELVES PIANO.

SHE WOULD HAVE THESE STRANGE

VERSIONS OF, YOU KNOW,

TRADITIONAL SONGS.

BUT I THINK THAT SPARKED A

CREATIVITY FOR HER.

>> DO YOU EVER LONG TO WRITE

YOUR OWN MATERIAL?

>> WELL, I WISH I COULD.

I TRIED IT.

IT WAS PRETTY BAD.

SO -- WHAT ARE YOU GOING WHEN

THE BULK AFTER YOUR MATERIAL IS

COLE PORTER.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FOLLOW

THAT?

IT'S HARD.

>> SO WHAT'S NEXT ON THE MAUDE

MAGGART?

>> WATTS NEXT IS -- I THINK --

WELL, I HAVE TO FIND A NEW

TEMPORARY HOME IN NEW YORK

BECAUSE THESE PLACES KEEP

CLOSING.

YEAH.

I'M RECORDING A NEW ALBUM.

>> OKAY.

>> I'M TOLD MICHAEL FEINSTEIN

WILL OPEN A FEINSTEIN SOMEWHERE,

BUT HE WON'T TELL ANYBODY WHERE.

>> RIGHT.

HERE IN -- YEAH.

WHAT IS THAT, ARE YOU ASKING ME

IF I HAVE INSIDE INFORMATION?

I DON'T.

>> HAVE YOU DONE 54 BELOW?

>> I HAVEN'T.

>> IT'S GOOD.

IT'S A PLACE THAT SUPPORTS

CABARET.

WE HOPE TO SUPPORT IT SO IT CAN

HAVE A GOOD, LONG FUTURE.

>> YEAH.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THIS HAS BEEN WONDERFUL.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING PART OF

THIS.

>> THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR TALKING TO ME.

SO HONORED.

♪♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

♪♪

♪ ON THE DAY I WAS BORN SAID MY

FATHER SAID HE ♪

♪ I'VE AN ELEGANT LEGACY WAITING

FOR YE ♪

♪ A RHYME FOR YOUR LIPS ♪

♪ A SONG FOR YOUR HEART ♪

♪ TO SING IT WHEN THE WORLD

FALLS APART ♪

♪ LOOK LOOK TO THE RAINBOW ♪

♪ FORWARD AND OVER THE HILL AND

STREAM ♪

♪ LOOK LOOK TO THE RAINBOW ♪

♪ FOLLOW THAT FELLOW WHO FOLLOWS

A DREAM ♪

♪ TWAS A SUMPTUOUS THING TO

LEAVE TO A CHILD ♪

♪ SO YOU NEVER GET OLD ♪

♪ YOU NEVER STANDSTILL ♪

♪ SINGING BEYOND THE NEXT HILL ♪

♪ LOOK LOOK LOOK TO THE

RAINBOW ♪

♪ FOLLOW IT OVER THE HILL AND

DREAM ♪

♪ LOOK LOOK LOOK TO THE

RAINBOW ♪

♪ FOLLOW THE FELLOW WHO FOLLOWS

OUR DREAM ♪

♪ SO I BUNDLED MY HEART AND I

ROAMED THE WORLD FREE TO THE

EAST TO THE WEST WITH THE SEA ♪

♪ AND I SEARCHED ALL THE EARTH ♪

♪ AND I SCANNED ALL THE SKY ♪

♪ BUT I FOUND IT AT LAST IN MY

OWN TRUE LOVE'S EYES ♪

♪ LOOK LOOK LOOK TO THE

RAINBOW ♪

♪ FOLLOW IT OVER THE HILLS AND

STREAM ♪

♪ LOOK LOOK LOOK TO THE

RAINBOW ♪

♪ FOLLOW THE FELLOW WHO FOLLOWS

THE DREAM ♪

♪ FOLLOW THE FELLOW ♪

♪ FOLLOW THE FELLOW ♪

♪ FOLLOW THE FELLOW ♪

♪ WHO FOLLOWS THE DREAM ♪♪

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[ APPLAUSE ]

BURTON LANE.

JOHN BOSWELL.

THANK YOU, JOHN.

[ APPLAUSE ]

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS

BEEN PROVIDED BY THE BLANCHE AND

IRVING LAURIE FOUNDATION AND THE

SYLVIA AND DAVID STEINER

CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.

♪♪

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