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Sid Bernstein's Valentine to the world

Posted on February 14, 2012 with 1 comment
When my friend Sid told me he wanted to sing, after having spent his lifetime promoting some of the most legendary singers in the world, how could I possibly do anything but help make that happen? Every week for months, Sid and I would sit in his living room, high above New York City's Upper East Side, me with a guitar in hand and he with a homemade chocolate egg cream. We were rehearsing. We weren't entirely sure what we were rehearsing for. But there we were, between the laughter and the storytelling, singing. He'd add to his list of favorite songs almost every time we'd meet. "Some Jacques Brel today?" "Some solo Sir Paul?" "Now Deirdre, you simply must sing that ABBA song...you know the one..." Though his list grew longer every week, there were certain songs that Sid always included no matter what. Roy Orbison's "Crying" certainly became an all-time favorite. I'd start the intro on the guitar and Sid would jump right in, eyes gleaming. A few lines into the song, he'd be waving at me; asking me to join in. And usually by the end of the first verse, his smile would be wide and his words trailing off. "Take the chorus, darling..." And I would sing that chorus for Sid. Full out and encouraged by the joy on his face. So finally, after all those happy musical afternoons, Sid and I decided to record - for us, for you, for anyone in earshot - offering a front row seat on his sofa, to our private concert, high above New York City's Upper East Side - our album "Sid Bernstein Presents..." - This is our everlasting Valentine to you.....XO - Sid & Deirdre

john

October 18, 2013

Great story.