This CD has made me so happy I may not be able to stop smiling for a good year or more. What cracks me up most of all, however, is some of the negative comments customers have written here. I am sure that Rufus is laughing his head off over "physiological inability to form an `e' vowel"! Of course, Rufus' voice is unique and I would not expect all of God's creatures to love or understand it, just as many don't get the "Judy Garland obsession" of many people. Some couldn't stand Jimi Hendrix, some didn't like Jimmy Durante. People have different tastes.
But for some of us, this Judy Garland concert by Rufus is enough to make us get down on our knees, reach to the sky, and shout to the heavens "Thank you God!" I bought the CD having some wee little doubts about whether I would like it or not, but I enjoy Rufus' music so much that I just had to try it. From the very beginning of the CD I was totally hooked. It was the most fun I have ever had listening to a music CD. I listened to it as I rode the bus to and from work, and as I walked home from the bus stop.
I was walking down R Street here in Washington DC as I listened to Martha Wainwright singing "Stormy Weather" and having never heard her before I initially thought "Oh gosh, I really wish I could hear RUFUS sing this song instead of his sister!" But it didn't take long for me to say "Wait a minute. This gal is fantastic!" Oh yes, she is amazing, with a totally unique voice, much like Rufus, which some might not like, but which I could listen to for the next 50 years. Her rendition of "Stormy Weather" is the best rendition of that song I ever heard in my life. I fell to my knees right on the sidewalk of R Street and screamed "I love you Lena Horne, but this Martha gal has made this song HER baby now!" I don't think I ever heard anything so wonderful as this. I may have to erect a statue in her honor one day.
Rufus' stories preceding various songs are priceless. And the story written by his mother, Kate McGarrigle, on the CD may well be the most beautiful thing I have ever read. What a family this Wainwright clan is! Holy smokes! They absolutely reflect the best of America.
How I wish we had more music like this to listen to. Great melodies, great lyrics... the kind of song you could actually enjoy with people of all ages and share a laugh together. Some of them have me swaying and tapping my feet so loudly on the bus that I have to keep looking up to see if the bus driver is squinting at me, preparing to ask me to get off the bus. Above all, it is a special treat to hear Rufus sing "Over the Rainbow" to his wonderful mother. Yes, I adore Judy, but I prefer hearing Rufus sing "Over the Rainbow" to anyone else who ever walked the earth. I will never forget the powerful rendition of it he gave as Lance Loud's memorial service. To me that was the best that song will ever be sung.
It's hard to guess who will love this CD, and who just won't get it. You just have to try it and see. I suspect that most people will either (1) adore it to pieces and want to go do their own Judy show, or (2) wonder why on earth anyone would like this stuff. As for me, I think this CD is as beautiful as can be.