Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor


  WINDY CITY TIMES

ENTERTAINMENT Performer David Edelfelt talks risk, new album
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Felicia Darnell
2017-10-31

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Vocalist, cabaret performer and North Side music teacher David Edelfelt will be ringing the release of his new CD better Nov. 3.

Accompanied by Beckie Menzie on piano, Edelfelt will perform songs from his first recorded album in four years. A mix of Edelfelt's characteristic mix of jazz, pop and show tunes, better is Edelfelt's answer to his own personal challenge for himself, which is to look inward for self-improvement and radiate being better outward into the world. The CD also includes a 12-page booklet with every lyric of each song; the booklet itself offering a master class in being better.

Windy City Times: With looking at how this is your first time back in the studio for your first album in four years, how did that feel getting back into the swing of recording?

David Edelfelt: It was wonderful, but it was like, "Oh yeah, I remember how to do this." It was a reminder of how many stages there are in the recording process and how it is to just focus on where you are. I can't be thinking about how I'm going to sing this phrase or that phrase when I'm still working on the arrangement. And I can't be thinking about how the instruments are going to come together when I'm just working on the basic track. It's just a reminder to stay in the present which is a lesson I'm learning over and over again.

WCT: I think that interesting that you bring up lessons, because the theme of [better] and trying to make things better philosophically and literally, what does that mean for you in terms of living in the present and making things better? If your goal is to make things better aren't you living in the future a little bit?

DE: That's a great way to look at it. I certainly understand that. For me, the answer is no. One of the things when I first came up with the concept of the album, certainly when I decided what I was going to call it, at first I worried that the title would be misleading because first of all I certainly never wanted anyone to look at the picture of me on the cover and the word "better" and think "this guy thinks he's better than somebody else of even trying to be. It's not about hierarchy, it's not about competition, and it's definitely not about trying to become the best, or better in the future. It's just what can I do today.

And this is a question I've asked myself for a number of years in various ways. What can I do today to be better? What can I do to be better than I was yesterday? And so it's definitely not about future for me, it's just about deciding in the moment who I am and who I want to be. In the album notes, I make the observation that the word "better" begins with "be," and for me being better or choosing to be better is just always about who do I choose to be today in the moment.

WCT: Well, also the first part of "better" is "bet." Trying to make yourself better and improve yourself is a bit of a risk. How do you feel about balancing risk when you're trying to improve? You could fail and not improve, or be worse.

DE: For me, it's not like that at all. I like to say the stakes are really low. To me, there's no risk because the only risk would be if you're trying to be better than someone else, and failing. The only risk is if you're trying to be the best and if there's some investment in being better than you were and if you're not you fail. For me, it's not like that at all, it's just about "Am I trying?" "Am I making conscious choices?" And since the stakes are so low, it's OK. The concept of better to me is permission to be human. I don't have to be the best. I'm just trying to do a little better, just a little at a time. If somebody's trying to lose 50 pounds in a month, and they don't do it, then that was a risk and they fail. But, if you're just trying to make better choices in your diet and you lose two pounds in a month then you're doing better.

WCT: Is there a special way that you connect the city with your music? Or did you just want to do it here in a big way?

DE: The biggest connection to Chicago with the CD are three composers that are from Chicago, only one of us still live here, being me ( there are two original songs that I wrote ). Two songs that are favorites of mine are written by people who lived and had careers in Chicago for a long time before they split for the East and West [coasts]—the East Coast being Ann Hansen Calloway, who's the composer of the song "At the Same Time" which she wrote in 1987 with the idea that one day Barbra Streisand might record it and 10 years to the date of her writing it, Barbara Streisand did indeed record it.

The other song on the disc is called "Rain, Sun, and Snow" and it's written by a previous Chicagoan named Eric Lane Barnes, and he was a composer and director and performer in Chicago for many, many years and he has moved out to Seattle, where for many years he's been the director of the Gay Men's Chorus out there and very involved in LGBTQ music on the West Coast. I'm thrilled to say that these people who are so gifted and wrote these beautiful songs are friends of mine, and it's such a joy to be able to share the work that they have done, interpret it, give it my own twist.

WCT: How are you hoping listeners will be inspired by your work? Or is that not something you thought about?

DE: Well, one of the things that I have learned in the years I've been performing is that if I'm focused on the result, I'm stilted in my efforts. I've not put this album out with a goal in mind, other than what I try to do with all my art which is to share it and say "Here's what's been a gift to me, and I hope it's a gift to you," and if it is, I'm thrilled. If it's not, that's okay. I'm sure some people will listen to the album and just go "Hey, I like that song" or "Oh, he has a nice voice" and that's fine. And then there are some people who will read the 12-page booklet of lyrics that I spent a lot of money making sure every lyric of every song is written out in this lyric book, because the words are so important.

And I hope there will be people who listen and follow along with the lyrics and really be moved and either learn something, or probably be reminded of something that they already learned once that is in some way something that makes them better. Which can be learning how to receive love, like in "Nature Boy." Or learning that relationships can be messy which is the message of the song "Being Alive." Or, in the song "I Am Changing" the message is we don't do this alone, we need mentors or coaches or guides along the way to change. To me, every song , I don't think there's one song on the CD that does not have a message, at least for me. Maybe not everybody, but hopefully [some listeners] will get the lesson and read along with the lyrics.

Celebrate Edelfelt's new album after four years of writing, resting and seeking clarity at Davenport's Piano Bar, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. on Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m .Purchase tickets at DavenportsPianoBar.com .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Viola Davis, Tyler Posey, Elton John, Tegan and Sara 2020-10-26
- Ma Rainey's Black Bottom will premiere on Netflix on Dec. 18, a press release noted. The movie—based on the August Wilson play—will star Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman and Colman Domingo. In the film and ...


Gay News

'V for Vendetta' at Music Box Oct. 30. includes talk with Wachowski 2020-10-22
- The 15th-anniversary theatrical re-release of V for Vendetta, which now includes bonus content—a 13-minute, pre-recorded conversation with director James McTeigue and writer/producer Lana Wachowski—will run at the Music Box Theatre ...


Gay News

Jeannie Tanner releases inspirational song, art-inclusive video 2020-10-17
- Local singer-songwriter Jeannie Tanner has released her new single and video, "I Wanna Be the Change." According to a press release, the song was inspired by many of the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ...


Gay News

Queen + Adam Lambert release first live album 2020-10-15
- Queen + Adam Lambert have released their first-ever live album, Queen + Adam Lambert: Live Around the World. The release is in CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray and vinyl formats. The set presents a compilation of concert highlights ...


Gay News

Linda Ronstadt, Danny Glover, Beto O' Rourke in 'All Souls to the Polls' 2020-10-14
- More than 50 artists, social justice and grassroots activists from across the country have created two nights of concerts to spur national voter turnout, with "All Souls to the Polls" on Oct. 17-18 at 7 p.m. ...


Gay News

50-50 All Souls to the Polls benefit concert to get out the vote 2020-10-13
--From a press release - Oct. 13, 2020-(Chicago, IL) - A coalition of the nation's top arts presenters have joined forces to create a 6 hour "People's Benefit Concert" to spur Get Out The Vote action in all fifty states. More ...


Gay News

Sarah Brightman in Chicago in Dec. 2021 2020-10-13
- Soprano Sarah Brightman will bring "HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert" to the historic Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 at 8 p.m. CDT. To enhance her world of enchantment, ...


Gay News

Philharmonic orchestra's free virtual concert Oct. 24 2020-10-13
- Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), named 2020 Professional Orchestra of the Year by Illinois Council of Orchestras, announced its virtual opening night concert, "IPO Reimagined," featuring 30 IPO string players performing ...


Gay News

Collaborate Arts Institute to mark 10th anniversary 2020-10-12
- Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), 7409 N. Greenview Ave., is celebrating its 10th-anniversary season with fall offerings that include the annual Collaborative Works Festival, two recitals as part of the Lieder Lounge series and the ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Diversity report, Zachary Quinto, 'Schitt's Creek,' Mariah Carey 2020-10-12
- In a new report from the UCLA-based Center for Scholars and Storytellers titled "Beyond Checking A Box: A Lack of Authentically Inclusive Representation Has Costs at the Box Office," researchers found that bringing authentic diversity to ...


Gay News

"All Souls to the Polls" concerts to help fund GOTV efforts 2020-10-11
--From a press release - Chicago, IL—Adding art to the urgency of ensuring a robust voter turnout for what all consider to be 'the most important election of our lifetimes, more than 50 artists and activists from 50 states have created ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Whitney Houston, all-trans 'Brokeback,' Sam Smith, 'Chicago Med' 2020-10-05
- A hologram of the late Whitney Houston was used in a livestream show—allegedly without permission from her estate, NME.com reported. Hologram USA founder Alki David had originally worked on Houston's likeness in 2016. The hologram appeared ...


Gay News

Around the World in 80 Minutes, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus virtual cabaret in October 2020-10-01
--From a press release - CHICAGO, October 1, 2020 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus kicks off Season 37 with Around the World in 80 Minutes, a virtual cabaret featuring a small cast of 24 virtual performers that will take you on ...


Gay News

Feminist icon/singer Helen Reddy dies at 78 2020-09-30
- Helen Reddy—the Australian-born singer whose 1972 hit song "I Am Woman" made her a feminist icon—died Sept. 29 in Los Angeles. She was 78. According to The New York Times, Reddy suffered for decades from Addison's ...


Gay News

MUSIC Davis Mallory name-drops Jane Fonda with new song 2020-09-29
- Openly gay singer Davis Mallory has debuted a new pop song called "Jane Fonda" for the masses. The track was written in Stockholm, Sweden and the video was directed by Cooper Smith in Nashville, Tennessee. Many ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs     
Privacy Policy      Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.