In the entertainment world, there are some performers and groups who are really unique. These phenomenal people have unique brands and unmistakable styles and sounds. When you hear some of these singers on the radio, you can recognize them in the first few seconds of the song. Some of these special people also have a style of performing and stage presence that set them apart from others in their field.
In fact, they are so unique that some entertainers are reluctant to perform the material developed by these icons. Now, my list is not meant to be comprehensive. I am sure that anyone reading this column can add others to this group.
Nevertheless, a few popular performers who come to mind are: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Simon And Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Sting, Dolly Parton, Nat King Cole, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Lady Ga Ga, Billy Joel, Madonna, and last but not least, Elvis Presley.
Recently, I was lucky enough to see two other entertainers who, I believe fall into this one of a kind category. Both of these entertainers appeared at bergenPAC in Englewood.
While the acoustics are not great in this theatre, it is a wonderful, small venue. It is easy to get to, easy to park and there are some nice places to have dinner near by. Willie Nelson’s songwriting, guitar playing and voice are all remarkable. The number of beautiful songs he has written is incredible. And like a lot of great performers and athletes, Willie makes it all look so easy and effortless. There is just no one who sounds like him.
Earlier in the month, I attended Cindy Lauper’s show at the same place. She, has an incredible voice and tons of energy. I get the feeling that she could sing any kind of song and do it well. Like Willie Nelson, she is difficult, if not impossible, to imitate.
For me, it is a real treat to observe people who bring something so special to our lives.
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in River Edge and the founder of www.StayInTheZone.com.